Posted by: minnow | February 19, 2020

Who is Elizabeth Warren?

Elizabeth Warren has worn many hats. She grew up in Oklahoma, the youngest and only daughter in a working class family that struggled to make ends meet after her father’s heart attack. She graduated high school at 16, and went to Georgetown on a full debate scholarship. Two years later she added a hat when she married her high school sweetheart, Jim Warren, moved to Texas and finished her degree at the University of Houston. In fairly quick succession Warren began wearing several other hats: Special education teacher, mother, graduate student, and lawyer. She began her law career practicing from her home but didn’t stay there long. In 1978 she divorced and in 1980 she married Bruce Mann. She also acquired a professor’s hat. Elizabeth taught at the University of Houston, The University of Texas, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. Finally, in 1995, she landed at Harvard. Warren has been an advisor for the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, the chair for the Congressional Oversight Commission when Harry Reid was majority leader, and a special assistant to President Obama. In 2010 she helped design and run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And, in 2011 she ran for the US Senate against incumbent Scott Brown, and won.

On December 31, 2018, standing outside a mill factory in Lawrence Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren announced her candidacy for the President of the United States as a Democrat, stating, “Hard-working people are up against a small group that holds far too much power, not just in our economy, but also in our democracy. Like the women of Lawrence, we are here to say enough is enough!…It won’t be enough to just undo the terrible acts of this administration. We can’t afford to just tinker around the edges — a tax credit here, a regulation there. Our fight is for big, structural change.” Warren wasn’t always a Democrat. She became one because Republicans weren’t the fiscally responsible people they claimed to be. She was tired of power held in the hands of the wealthy and the few. She got into politics because wanted to do something about it.

So that’s her story.

As a Senator, and now as a presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren has been listening to Americans. She’s been asking hard questions and wrestling with difficult truths. She knows we need to joint together and politicians need to work together if the solutions to the problems facing our nation are going to help ALL Americans. “I’ve got a plan for that!” isn’t just a campaign slogan–it’s Elizabeth Warren’s promise to US–the American people, the working class, the new immigrant, the marginalized, the tired, and the ready! In town halls, during the debates, on podcasts, and on TV, Warren has continued to call forth those changes, share her vision, and invite Americans to join the fight. But, it isn’t enough to be enamored with a speech or two–we need to commit to change with our votes to be sure, but with our time and our resources as well!

Intelligent, hard working, compassionate Americans cannot afford to sit this election out. For the last three years, as we helplessly watched, the man in the White House has gotten away with inciting hate, creating chaos, threatening civil war, turning his back on our allies, obstructing justice, locking children in cages, calling white supremacists  “fine people” and barbarous dictators friends, profiting personally from the government, vilifying the free press, and denouncing our own intelligence community. He must be stopped! We must chose a candidate who can bring all the factions of the Democratic party together, who won’t settle for the status quo, and who knows–at a personal level–what it means to want and need change.

I believe Elizabeth Warren is that candidate! Please check her out. Please listen to her speak. And please vote Elizabeth Warren in your local primary or caucus!

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