In this rousing speech, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) asks America if they are ready to fight for a better future. To fight against the oligarchs who are working ruthlessly to tear down our nation and sell the pieces back to us. To fight against the Republican Party’s tireless efforts to strip rights away from women, to defund our education systems, to burden our children with mountains of debt, to snatch healthcare away from millions of Americans, to deport millions of the immigrants who have come to our nation in hopes of a better life.
“When we stand together, when we make it clear what we believe in, America is ready to stand with us. Why? Because this isn’t just about politics. It’s about our values. It’s about our vision of who we are and what kind of a country we’re going to build.
We believe that the law applies to everyone, including fancy executives and Wall Street. Accountability we’re willing to fight for.
We believe in science, that climate change is real, and that it is our moral duty to protect this planet, so our children and grand children can survive, and we’re willing to fight for it.
We believe that nobody should work full time and still live in poverty and that means raising the minimum wage, and we’re willing to fight for it.
We believe that workers have the right to come together and bargain as unions and rebuild America’s middle class, and we’re willing to fight for it.
We believe that every kid should have the chance to get a good education without getting crushed by student loans, and we’re ready to fight for it.
We believe that after a lifetime of hard work, seniors should retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare and pensions, and we’re ready to fight for it.
We believe that immigration has made this country strong, and that means comprehensive immigration reform now, and we’re willing to fight for it.”
It is a landmark speech by the progressive agenda’s strongest champion, the wave of fury and passion that has revitalized the American left wing from the prison that Reaganism locked it in. Her energy will inspire the next revolution to sweep American politics, a populist insurrection against the monied politics that are strangling our democracy and threatening to end the American Dream once and for all. Our nation once stood for something great, and under the guidance of progressives like Warren and Sanders, we can reclaim that mantle once again.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.