During the Democratic primaries of 2020, I was a strong Elizabeth Warren supporter. Though I thought this year had many strong Democratic candidates, I thought Warren had the best proposals for solving the problems caused by our country’s economic inequalities. And Warren had put forth strategies on how to overcome the obstructionist tactics of Mitch McConnell and the Freedom Caucus in Congress.
People have often asked me why I support Warren over Bernie Sanders, since both are progressives. I have some issues with some of Sanders more dogmatic supporters, but I like Bernie Sanders and have never blamed him for some of his supporters excesses. Though Warren and Sanders have very similar policies, Warren’s political philosophy comes closer to my way of thinking than any candidate since Jesse Jackson, Walter Mondale and Ted Kennedy during the 1980s. I’m a liberal Democat, not a Democratic Socialist. Though liberal Democrats and Democratic Socialists have many things in common, they have very a very different philosophy when it comes to capitalism. Liberal Democrats want to reform capitalism. Democratic Socialists want to replace capitalism.
Though Warren had to drop out of the race in March, I would happily support her again. Though I will happily support Joe Biden, I still think Warren was the best candidate. Though I only phone banked for her twice for a few hours, I enjoyed talking to other Warren supporters and trading stories of volunteering for past presidential candidates. One woman that I met had volunteered for Gene McCarthy in 1968. In 2008, she had gone to the Midwest to volunteer for Obama and it was one of the best political experiences she ever had. I kept quiet about the fact that I had supported Hillary during the 2008 primaries.
I wish Elizabeth Warren the best as she continues to fight for working class Americans in the Senate. I thank Elizabeth Warren for all that she is doing for our country.