Speaking to a Progressive Audience at Netroots Nation, Warren Argues we must UN-RIG the system, together.
This great speech by Elizabeth Warren got buried on Saturday...lets bring it into the light. Ignore the Medias spin...they try to pitch it as a move left, but if you read Warren's words, I see it as a call for a bigger tent. She is responding to an article that calls for Democrats to move back to the center. She rejects that
"Because the Democratic Party isn’t going back to the days of welfare reform and the crime bill. It is NOT going to happen.We’re not going back to the days of being lukewarm on choice..We’re not going back to the days when universal health care was something Democrats talked about on the campaign trail but were too chicken to fight for after they got elected.
And we’re not going back to the days when a Democrat who wanted to run for a seat in Washington first had to grovel on Wall Street.
Democrats are heading forward. We are looking ahead – and we will not, we shall not, we must not allow anyone to turn back the clock."
She calls for all Democrats to work for those in need. If that's progressive, then I'm progressive.
"We are not the gate crashers of today’s Democratic Party. We are not a wing of today’s Democratic Party. We are the heart and soul of today’s Democratic Party. But, boy, we’ve inherited a hell of a challenge, haven’t we?
We’re gathering here in Atlanta in a moment of crisis for our country. And I’m not just talking about Donald Trump and his Twitter account. More and more working families today are hanging on by their fingernails in a country with an economy and a government that works only for those at the very top."
And then she talks about what unites us
"How about you? By applause: Who got into the fight because they were passionate about economic justice? Who came to fight for reproductive rights? How about clean air and clean water? How about immigration? Civil rights? Human rights? Anti-war? Campaign finance reform? Net neutrality? Any other bankruptcy nerds in the house?
That’s one of the things I love about coming to Netroots. We all came to this fight from different experiences. We all get fired up about different issues."
She makes the case that Democrats need to unite and stop the in-fighting:
"But if we’re going to be the people who lead the Democratic Party back from the wilderness and lead our country out of this dark time, then we can’t waste energy arguing about whose issue matters most or who in our alliance should be voted off the island.
We need to see each other’s fights as our own. And I believe we can."
We have to UN-RIG the system -That is who we are as Democrats, thats what we should stand for
"For so many Americans, every day is a battle against powerful interests. It’s time for us to pick sides and get in the fight.So let’s talk about picking sides:
It’s time for us to say: Democrats are on the side of working people, on the side of Moms and Dads who dream of a better life for their kids, on the side of people in every part of this country and people of every race, gender, and religion who just want a level playing field and a chance to build a future."
Please read it here: At Politico
Ideas and Commentary on the Resistance by K Cleland