Elizabeth Warren: The Only Good Option
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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