Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, once Governor of New York, Vice President, and then President of the United States is arguably the most progressive leader of his time. Teddy Roosevelt ascended to the Presidency upon the death of President William McKinley in 1901 and was by far the youngest person to hold the office, at just 42 years old. Roosevelt was a fresh, young, and new face of American politics. He represented the liberal and progressive eastern state of New York, as well as the progressives scattered throughout our nation. He was also a Republican, and remember; the Democrats and Republicans switched platforms in the 1960s.
The man grabbed our nation’s enormous food industry by its shoulders and shook it violently. He cleaned up the heaps of mess in our food factories, established doctrines that promoted cleanliness and healthy-handling of our foods, such as meats that were now being produced and processed at mass rates. Perhaps most importantly and significantly, he expanded the role and strength of the executive branch. He worked with Congress to enact these progressive reforms, worked with industries to make these enactments happen, and make them work to benefit everybody. So, what’s that have to do with the Senator from Massachusetts? Well, a lot.
Elizabeth Warren was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to a family of four that was on the brink of bankruptcy, where only her father worked. At the age of 12, her father had a heart attack. This prompted both her mother and Warren herself to join the workforce. She then went to a commuter college, then law school, and specialized in bankruptcy law. This is a woman who saw firsthand that her family was on the verge of collapse, financially. She was not going to let this happen to other people, other families, who worked hard so they could see their children go off to college, and earn a better life than themselves.
Elizabeth Warren was elected to the United States Senate in 2012 and has been a progressive Democrat since. She established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is essentially an agency that forces the United States government “responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector”. Warren was and still is, not going to let big banks, businesses, and corporations take advantage of the hard-working American. She is for Medicare-For-All, she is for Tuition-free colleges, she is a $15 dollar minimum wage. Now, what makes her the second coming of Teddy Roosevelt?
Well, for one, her progressive roots are not derived from the democratic socialism seen in Scandinavia, Europe, and famously talked about by Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren’s progressive ambition is found within the heart of America, it is about transforming America from within. She is about taking on the biggest of challenges, the 1% and the 1/10th of 1%. She was one of the first politicians to give a speech (to a conference of the AFL-CIO) right after the electoral victory of Donald Trump on November 9th, and what was it about?
“Republicans are in control of the Senate, the House of Representatives, the White House, the Supreme Court – as the loyal opposition, we will fight harder, we will fight longer, the sun will keep rising and we will keep fighting, each day, everyday for the working people of this country!”
She has become the head of a leaderless Democratic Party, and since the DNC is still pushing away Bernie Sanders and his supporters… it is up to Elizabeth Warren to radically reform the party from within. She will shake up the Democratic Party, and come 2020, she will shake America back into place. A nation that upholds the values of equality, compassion, progress, forward-thinking, and equity. You get what you deserve, and the 1% surely isn’t in need of assistance anytime soon.
(ARTWORK DONE BY AUTHOR, GIOVANNI LOPICCOLO)