Elizabeth Warren: The Only Good Option

Updated on July 2, 2019
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Originally from Cape Cod. Army Vet., Fmr. Director of Energy Conservation programs, RE Agent, current residence the Space Coast, FL

It's a crowded field of hopefuls as of June 2019. More than 20 people have declared themselves to be in the running for the Democratic Party's nomination, and the debates are looming. The options are many, but the choices are few.

There is "Good Ol' Joe," an old establishment hack who will return us to all the policies and politics that helped create the wave of discontentment that brought Donald Trump to his Presidency.

There is Bernie, the "old school" Socialist who is claiming to have moved more to the center in hopes of gaining enough support. Sanders arrived at his current positions by moving from the left and moderating over the years, but his history is in '60s rhetoric and politics. It's time for America to move forward, not back.

There is Beto O'Rourke, a classic "Snake Oil Salesman" about as genuine as Katy Perry's blonde hair. Beto has a wealthy father-in-law, a multi-national real estate investor (that sounds familiar). His mother, who was his partner in several business ventures, ran a family furniture store that was targeted by the IRS in a $630,000 tax fraud case in 2010. As a member of Congress and an investor with an extensive portfolio, he was hit with ethics violations. And the list goes on.

There are others, even less appealing or completely unknown.

And then there is Elizabeth Warren, the one true hope for positive change and compassion for struggling Americans that the Democratic Party has in the running.

Speaking Truths in 2007

Elizabeth Warren, a distinguished law scholar and an outspoken critic of America's credit economy, spoke at UC Berkeley in 2007.

Positions to Believe In

The first thing to consider when listening to a politician: Do they have the background and experience to make their promises and plans real, or is it just so much BS?

Warren's background (see video above) gives her in-depth knowledge of not just the struggles of working Americans, but the causes of those struggles, and how to make changes that will impact their lives for the better.

Here are two of her positions that I find promising:

Rebuild the Middle Class

Economically speaking, millions of families can barely breathe. It’s time for big, structural changes to put economic power back in the hands of the American people.

Warren wants to put power back in the hands of workers and unions. She wants a new era of strong antitrust enforcement so giant corporations can’t stifle competition, depress wages, and drive up the cost of everything from beef to Internet access.

As the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, she wants to make investments that create economic opportunity, address rural neglect, and start asking the people who have gained the most from our country to pay their fair share.

End Corruption in Washington

Washington works great for the wealthy and the well-connected, corporations, special interests, and individuals who spend billions every year to influence Congress and federal agencies. This is corruption, plain and simple. Warren proposes the most ambitious set of anti-corruption reforms since Watergate, which would fundamentally change the way Washington does business.

She wants to limit lobbyist influence, ban foreign governments from hiring Washington lobbyists, and shut down the ability of lobbyists to move freely in and out of government jobs, turning D.C. back into a "for the people" government.

She also wants to permanently ban Senators and Congressmen from trading stocks in office and from becoming lobbyists when they retire, for life.

She wants to take power away from the rich and powerful and put it back where it belongs, with the American people themselves. She is the Left's version of Trump, in that she is more anti-establishment than any other serious Democrat candidate in the running.

“The will of the people matters,” Warren said to NBC’s Chuck Todd during her campaign. “You better understand, the fight still goes on [after the election]. It starts at the White House and it means that everybody we energize in 2020 stays on the frontlines come January 2021. We have to push from the outside, have leadership from the inside, and make this Congress reflect the will of the people.”

She needs that mindset. As we have seen with Trump's presidency, the corruption in D.C. is tenacious, and they will use every dirty trick in the book (going beyond falsehoods and treason) to retain their control and keep outsiders from enacting change. My biggest concern is that Warren is ill-equipped to lead the type of movement that could successfully implement an agenda in Washington over the objection of entrenched forces. If Elizabeth is able to overcome the establishment forces in the DNC to win the nomination, and then defeat Trump in the election to win the presidency, that would go a long way to alleviating that concern.

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        Credence2 

        2 months ago

        Great article, as I from left support for the same reasons. But you pr concern about her ability to make such sweeping changes and the amount of support she will get from Congress toward this end is of concern

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        Angel Guzman 

        3 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

        I will forever be grateful to her for helping with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Whoever the nominee is they have my vote!

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        Tim Truzy 

        4 months ago from U.S.A.

        That's the type of comment that should be questionable. lol

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        bradmaster 

        4 months ago

        While the president's father is of German descent, being the son of a German immigrant, Fred Trump was born in New York—not a "very wonderful place in Germany." Fred Trump's father, Friedrich Trump, was born in Germany and later emigrated to the U.S. in 1885 at the age of 16.

        B:

        Big deal, I don't know why he said it, and I don't care what he said. The media is focusing on minutia. The point this should make clear is that the Trump Family came to America Legally, and Donald Trump is a full fledged no contest American.

        Trying to sort out his father and his grandfather is just another media distraction, and it has no importance. But they like the left here will hang onto it because the left uses these kinds of trivia to gain a political advantage for the election.

        And now Elizabeth Warren is running for president, after her DNA failure to prove her Indian heritage with the media quiet.

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        Tim Truzy 

        4 months ago from U.S.A.

        Yet, nor does it detracts from the need for those problems to be addressed-step forward other bold candidates. Nay, naying Warren for socialism and all that is like given Trump the fascist label-step forward bold politicians. Who else is walking the line and talking the talk? If Trump isn't a Nazi lover than maybe we shouldn't judge so quickly before we see results. What a politician says seldom equals what the outcome is. Fix DC and save the middle class.

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        wba108@yahoo.com 

        4 months ago from upstate, NY

        To call her a good option is definitely a stretch which i'm sure you know.. The promotion of socialism undermines any hope of ending corruption or building the middle class. That she correctly identifies some key problems and solutions doesn't by any means, provide a hope of fixing said problems.

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        Leslie McCowen 

        4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

        Why? Trump said his dad was born In Germany when he wasn’t. He hasn’t had to live that down.

        Why the double standard? In fact, Trump lies every time he opens his mouth. None of you care.

        Hardly a comparison to a person who was told all her life she was Native American, so thought she was.

        My ex’s family always bragged about their Italian genes.....my daughter did a 23 and me and found out she has NO Italian blood!

        Figures partisans will make a mountain out of an honest mistake, but a molehill out of a lie he must have known when he said it.

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        Ken Burgess 

        4 months ago from Florida

        Mike, like Paula I got a laugh out of that one.

        I too have .01% or more Native American DNA, I'm right there with her. She will have hard time putting that one to bed, no doubts.

        Yves, in this case, find the best of the bunch, and if you have the opportunity to support that candidate, by voting for them in a primary in your state, do so... if those of us who can don't, then we end up with the worst most left-of-center candidate winning... the country would suffer economic collapse and a bout of violence the likes of which the nation has not seen in living memory should such a candidate win the Presidency.

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        Vivian Coblentz 

        4 months ago

        Ha, ha, ha--Yes, read the Mueller report! It showed no collusion, no obstruction. No matter how many times you read it, it still ends the same: Trump is innocent.

        If money makes anyone above the law, it would be Hillary Clinton and her many felonious scandals, yet she's still not behind bars because she is so deeply entrenched in the Washington Swamp.

        Biggest takeaway from the Dems' debates: they all came out of the same clown car. All of them acted like raving lunatics. "I'm going to make things freer than you! I'm going to kill babies even more than you! I'm going to destroy America better than anyone!" Beto should have said, "Soy un tonto!"

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        Leslie McCowen 

        4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

        Warren is not afraid of Trump, and his schoolyard bullly behavior. She came out long ago for his impeachment.

        While he’s busy calling her names, she’ll be busy asking him questions about the Mueller report. Which she read. Which is why she came out for impeachment.

        Trump would not know how to handle Liz. She’s not afraid of people who think money makes them above the law.

        Every time trump insults someone, he looks the fool, not the other way around.

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        Paula 

        4 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Mike....LOL! Thanks for the good laugh! Pochahontas is a real piece of work!

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        Readmikenow 

        4 months ago

        I would say that what Elizabeth Warren brings to the table is totally unique, If she is negotiating with India she can say she wasn't part American Indian, but an Indian from India. She can then claim it is her cheekbones and family stories that made her believe such a thing and she is an innocent victim. The people in India will have to decide if she is telling the truth. That is where things could get a bit dodgy.

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        Yves 

        4 months ago

        For the record, I am not going to automatically assume Trump will win. He still has to fight hard....but I will never support a Socialist. Howard Schultz (who is not even in the race) was the only possible option that I had seen. He was a Democrat, but stated that "the Party left him, he didn't leave it." In other, he believes Democrats have gone too far left. If he decides to run at the last minute (which likely isn't viable) he will run as an Independent.

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        Brad 

        4 months ago

        Ken

        Keeping a clean comments section is a good thing, and everyone should do it for their articles.

      • Ken Burgess profile imageAUTHOR

        Ken Burgess 

        4 months ago from Florida

        Tim, thank you, I appreciate that.

        Yes I try to tell it like it is, I know we all have biases, but I do try to minimize mine and stick to what is fact.

        Yves, thank you as well.

        I am also interested in learning more about Tulsi Gabbard, at the end of the day, we all should be trying to find the best of the Democratic candidates and support their getting the nomination... even if you are a diehard Trump believer.

        We don't want the worst most extreme or corrupt candidate getting the nomination, there is always a chance that Trump will not win.

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        Yves 

        4 months ago

        Hi Ken.....The problem I see with Warren is that she wants to regulate everything "up the wazoo." That means companies are restricted, thus less expansion in America, thus less jobs. And Medicare for all would mean Americans get less good care, not better care. Furthermore, doctors will be paid less, thus less students applying to medical school (unless they all decide they want to become plastic surgeons) and ultimately, we will be trillions of dollars in the hole, not to mention, millions of people with jobs in insurance will find themselves in the unemployment line.

        But I do give Warren credit for her doggedness. She will claw, lie, and scratch her way to the nomination without hesitation, should the powers that be choose to fund her campaign to the top.

        But a Socialist for president? It would be a tragedy for America. Not to mention, I don't trust Warren as far as I can throw her, and that's even without her false claim of being the only Native American professor at Harvard at 0.05% (Or possibly 0.010%). Oooookay. Right-0. Native American, my b*tt. By those odds, I have ocean front property....

        Anyway, appreciate your having given us some information, Ken.

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        Tim Truzy 

        4 months ago from U.S.A.

        Ken, I applaud your article. You are neither too liberal or too conservative - in fact, the two initiatives you mentioned of Warrne's are ideas any American should support. Congress is supposed to be in service to Americans (get rid of the foreign donations, make politicians understand they are there to work for the people). Nothing wrong with that.

        A collapsing middle class is a dangerous scenario. I read recently it has been the presence of the middle class in American history which stabilized our nation through the 20th-century and earlier. These are concerns any candidate should be worried about regardless of political affiliation.

        No judgment from me, Ken. I've read enough of your comments over the years to know you are just telling it as it is. Great job. Respectfully, Tim

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        Ken Burgess 

        4 months ago from Florida

        OK Folks,

        Not picking sides here, but I am going to clean up the comments section, removing the attacks and insults and general discussion that is too personal and off topic for my liking.

        I do apologize, nothing personal.

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        Ken Burgess 

        4 months ago from Florida

        Paula,

        An interesting clip, Trey Gowdy is one of the best in Congress right now, that said, the exchange seemed reasonable considering the topic of discussion and that the agency program being discussed was not yet operational.

        Maybe I'm more 'Liberal' than I thought, or maybe I just want to see the best candidate for America win the nomination for the Democrats.

        It doesn't matter if you or I agree with the positions they hold, what matters is that the best one for this country comes out on top. Just in case they do become President.

        Almost all of the options I saw on the stage, both nights, would be train wrecks for the nation... at a time when we are heading in to a serious storm the likes of which this country has never seen.

        This country, essentially since it recovered from the Civil War, has always been the most advanced and productive nation on earth... not so today.

        This country was always able to absorb millions of immigrants, because it never handed anything to them, they had to make it on their own... they came here for "opportunity and freedom" not for "free stuff". But today we afford immigrants more support, care, and guaranteed income than the average American citizen can get.

        These two issues alone, will inevitably lead to the collapse of our economy and social system as we know it, within a decade if we do not have the type of leadership that recognizes it and deals with the reality head on.

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        Vivian Coblentz 

        4 months ago

        Sorry, Ken, but none of the Dems are a "good option." Trump is already working harder than anyone in history to drain the swamp, and he is attacked around the clock. Regardless, he forges ahead. As far as rebuilding the middle class, our economy is better than it's been in the past 50+ years, businesses are coming back to the US, and unemployment is the lowest it's been EVER. Trump is leading America in the right direction, and I wish he could serve 3 terms! All Dems are for killing babies, showing the real evil in their hearts, and that alone disqualifies them all.

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        Leslie McCowen 

        4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

        Not a chance in hell. Since were already in it.

        And I guess you keep forgetting that Hillary got more votes than him. Funny, sanders forgets it too. She got more votes than him, too.

        Isn’t that a hoot? A women gets more votes, a man gets the seat.

        Patriarchal bs, huh?

      • tsadjatko profile image

        4 months ago from now on

        “We”?

        So when Trump is re-elected what will you be saying about “most” Americans then, huh?

        Or I guess you’ll just blame it on Russia, right?

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        Leslie McCowen 

        4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

        Thankfully, most Americans don’t agree with you.

        And the days of coddling are over.

        Dont mistake kindness for weakness. We have always known what this is.

      • tsadjatko profile image

        4 months ago from now on

        “Destroyed all semblance of America”

        Yeah, i have to agree that was Obama’s goal, Obama inauguration: We will remake America, vows President Obama!

        But thankfully Trump put a stop to that.

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        Leslie McCowen 

        4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

        Maybe you haven’t heard her.....because she is bringing up stuff many of us have done here. For example, as a percentage of their income, lower class pay about 7%. Ultracrich 1% pays 3. Middle class gets skewered.

        But as a percentage, the Richey Rich’s pay less than anybody....Robert Mercer owes millions that he won’t pay. Don’t know who’s palms he greases to get away with it, but it’s not hard to figure out.

        Liz Warren, head of the cpb.....appointed by Obama. Oh yeah, trump hates her.

        Guess what? She’s not too fond of him, either.

        But I still think Biden will be the nominee. Or Harris.

        It’s a big ole country.....I think we see what giving power to an extreme sect has done: Destroyed all semblance of America.

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        4 months ago from now on

        Ken, I have to laugh when reading how many times you wrote “she wants to”

        As if good intentions are a reason to vote for a liberal.

        Every liberal policy is a failure but instituted supposedly because of their want for good intentions. That fact alone should tell you her wish list is just that, wishful intentions which liberals use to get votes only to discover their policies invariably result in the opposite of their intentions or their good intentions were just a ruse to grow government, get votes or curtail our freedoms.

        No president or congress is going to do anything to redistribute wealth or put power into the worker’s hands or unions without hurting the middle class and America. The only way to achieve a greater equality of the wealth the 1% has is for the 1% to come together and do something about it voluntarily for the sake of the other classes. They have all the money? Ok then it’s their money, let the government SELL them on how to use it with a rational sales pitch that isn’t just we are going to take your wealth from you and give it away.

        She’s a liberal, they are liars and you can’t trust anything pocohontas says, or the rest of her phony tribesmen on that podium.

        Great video Paula

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        Paula 

        4 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Ken, While I am with you, wholeheartedly about "most" of your well-presented thoughts here, I'm afraid I'd not use the term "good option," in reference to Elizabeth Dumb-Dumb Warren. If she does somehow manage to become the Dems "only good option," it will merely serve to prove the liberals have chosen the least annoying mosquito from a swarm, to represent the entire pathetic lot of them.

        The broad is a bona-fide blithering idiot.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvpMgnUqids

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        A B Williams 

        4 months ago from Central Florida

        The way Elizabeth’s arm popped up last night during the debates, as if spring-loaded, when the question was, “who here would abolish their private health insurance in favor of a government-run plan”, told me....she’d be quick to turn us into a Venezuela.

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        James A Watkins 

        4 months ago from Chicago

        Warren is a liar and babykiller who promotes all manner of perversity. Not to mention Venezuela style socialism. She would be really good for the Indians, though. The first Indian President. Maybe that would end America's hate Whitey campaign.

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        Leslie McCowen 

        4 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

        First she will have to overcome Pocahontas. You best believe, Trump is salivating to steamroll that one.

        Then, of course, the claims of socialism.....

        And the old stand by: “a woman commander- in - chief?”

        And the forces she has been fighting all her life have all been appointed to head the gubmint by swamp-man Trump.

        I think she can overcome it, but it will be a huge price to pay.

        As Trump once said in a speech, he knows people who spend all their time thinking of how they can destroy people.....

        He has learned that lesson well.

        I can just envision it. Trump screams “Pocahantes”..... and the crowd starts the tomahawk chop chants.

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