If Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts runs for President in 2016, I would love to vote for her. She doesn’t make excuses about what we should believe in and I wish all Democrats would have her backbone. Speaking at this weekend’s Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, Warren laid out some values that Progressives need to have today. I agree with all of them.
“We have to talk about what does it mean to be a progressive, an American.
“We believe Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.
“We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth, and we’re willing to fight for it.
“We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality, and we will fight for it.
“We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage, and we will fight for it.
“We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.
“We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt, and we will fight for it.
“We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions, and we will fight for it.
“We believe — and I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014 — we believe in equal pay for equal work, and we will fight for it.
“We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America, and we will fight for it.
“We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform, and we will fight for it.
“And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!
Those are values I expect the people I vote for to have.