Elizabeth Warren’s 11 Commandments of Progressivism

Elizabeth Warren takes the stage for her acceptance after beating incumbent U.S. Senator Scott Brown at the Copley Fairmont November 6, 2012 Boston, Massachusetts. The campaign was highly contested and closely watched and went down to the wire.
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Emma Roller
July 18, 2014, 7:45 a.m.

Watch Eliza­beth War­ren give a speech to her fold, and you real­ize she’s one of the rare Demo­crats who can ex­cite her base in the same way Ted Cruz or Dr. Ben Car­son can ex­cite their own. As Politico‘s Katie Glueck wrote on Fri­day, lib­er­als’ minds may be with Hil­lary Clin­ton, but their hearts lie with War­ren.

Speak­ing on Fri­day at Net­roots Na­tion, a con­ven­tion for lib­er­al blog­gers and act­iv­ists, War­ren got the crowd more fired up than Vice Pres­id­ent Joe Biden was able to do the day be­fore. (To be fair, the crowd was in a sol­emn mood at the time in re­ac­tion to the news of the Malay­si­an pas­sen­ger plane crash). In her speech, War­ren out­lined more clearly than oth­er Demo­crats the so­cial is­sues that gal­van­ize pro­gress­ives. Her per­form­ance was re­min­is­cent of a cer­tain oth­er young sen­at­or in 2008.

“What are our val­ues?” War­ren asked the audi­ence, some of whom held up “Run Liz Run” signs. “What does it mean to be a pro­gress­ive?”

She went on to out­line 11 ten­ets of pro­gressiv­ism:

- “We be­lieve that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tough­er en­force­ment, and we’re will­ing to fight for it.”

- “We be­lieve in sci­ence, and that means that we have a re­spons­ib­il­ity to pro­tect this Earth.”

- “We be­lieve that the In­ter­net shouldn’t be rigged to be­ne­fit big cor­por­a­tions, and that means real net neut­ral­ity.”

- “We be­lieve that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means rais­ing the min­im­um wage.”

- “We be­lieve that fast-food work­ers de­serve a liv­able wage, and that means that when they take to the pick­et line, we are proud to fight along­side them.”

- “We be­lieve that stu­dents are en­titled to get an edu­ca­tion without be­ing crushed by debt.”

- “We be­lieve that after a life­time of work, people are en­titled to re­tire with dig­nity, and that means pro­tect­ing So­cial Se­cur­ity, Medi­care, and pen­sions.”

- “We be­lieve — I can’t be­lieve I have to say this in 2014 — we be­lieve in equal pay for equal work.”

- “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.”

- “We be­lieve that im­mig­ra­tion has made this coun­try strong and vi­brant, and that means re­form.”

- “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. We will fight for it!”

And the main ten­et of con­ser­vat­ives’ philo­sophy, ac­cord­ing to War­ren? “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.”


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