The right wing is clearly freaking out over Elizabeth Warren‘s meteoric rise since entering the 2012 U.S. Senate race against Scott Brown.
One independent poll already has her ahead of Scott Brown in a head-to-head match-up, just one week into campaigning. She’s raising money at a furious pace – and from individuals in low-dollar amounts, not like Scott Brown taking it hand over fist from the Financial Services industry coincidentally right around the time of a key vote. (I think that may come up again the next time Scott Brown calls himself an “independent” voice.)
Now, there’s this viral video of Elizabeth Warren demonstrating both tenacious fight in her and the ability to connect with voters in plain-spoken English. No Harvard-speak, no Washington-speak. Just someone willing to fight hard for the middle class. And the video is approaching a half a million views in one week!
Of course, the pull-out quote from the video that has so rapidly galvanized people of all political stripes from across the Commonwealth and across the country is:
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there – good for you.
But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.
Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea – God bless. Keep a big hunk of it.
But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
This is as plain-spoken populist as it gets. It could have been said by Teddy Roosevelt OR Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy OR Ronald Reagan.
And Elizabeth Warren said it.
So what is the response of conservatives like Jeff Raymond and Rob Eno? Pervert John Locke’s philosophy to present all of government – particular its role in public safety – as a criminal enterprise. Very mature and thoughtful political discourse.
I find it particularly interesting that the graphic they’ve presented (ostensibly to mock Elizabeth Warren’s quote, though the joke is squarely on them) focuses on government’s public safety role.
They present government’s public safety role as no different from extortionist criminal mobsters (like a Robert DeNiro character in any of his mob movies).
Just keep that in mind the next time you pass an active-duty military serviceman or woman, or military veteran, or police officer, or firefighter, or 9/11 first responder – that you liken them to extortionist criminal mobsters.
Because that is precisely what that image does. It’s not even a “stretch” or the presentation of a “logical extreme.”
That imagine directly and explicitly likens public safety to extortion – and it likens 9/11 first responders to mobsters and other criminals.
That’s the counter-argument you’re making on behalf of Scott Brown to Elizabeth Warren’s passionate fight for the middle class.
I wonder which will gain more traction in 2012.
PLEASE keep it up.