Video: Elizabeth Warren Lays out 11 Core Progressive Values We Are Willing to Fight For

Friday, July 18, 2014

Is Elizabeth Warren awesome or what? Here she is, speaking at Netroots Nation, and laying out what progressives believe (starting at around 27 minutes). What boggles my mind is that there are actually Americans who disagree with any of this. In stark contrast, progressives believe in the "pretty simple idea: we all do better when we work together and invest in building a future." With that, here are Warren's 11 core progressive - and quintessentially American - values. So...why exactly is Elizabeth Warren not running for president? :) 1. "We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement. And we're willing to fight for it." 2. "We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth. And we will fight for it." 3. "We believe that the internet shouldn't be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality. And we will fight for it." 4. "We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty; that means raising the minimum wage. And we will fight for it." 5. "We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them." 6. "We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt. And we are willing to fight for it." 7. "We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions. And we will fight for them." 8. "We believe - only I can't believe I have to say this in 2014 — we believe in equal pay for equal work. And we're willing to fight for it." 9. "We believe that equal means equal, and that's true in marriage, it's true in the workplace, it's true in all of America. And we're willing to fight for it." 10. "We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform. And we are willing to fight for it." 11. "And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it!" P.S. Warren correctly defines conservativism as "I got mine, the rest of you are on your own." Except that the way I first heard it used a slightly, uh, earthier expression after "I got mine." Heh.