I support Elizabeth Warren for the Democrat nominee for President. Many people worry that Warren is too far to the Left to be elected in a contest against Donald Trump.
I understand the worries of many moderates who worry about Warren’s chances in a general election. I argue to those who worry about her ability to win against Trump that I think her policies are well within the liberal tradition of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, Harry Truman’s Fair Deal, John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, which saved capitalism, advanced civil rights for African Americans and all minorities, and made a more equitable economic system for the middle class and the poor.
Warren’s liberal policies better address the problems of economic inequality facing all Americans, but especially the working class white voters in the Rust Belt that switched their votes from Obama to Trump in 2016 and helped elect Trump to the Presidency.
Here is an excerpt of Franklin Roosevelt’s second bill of rights, addressed to Congress in January 11, 1944:
“We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed.
Among these are:
The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security.”