One of those drums that I’m going to keep on beating is that if you don’t like your political representation, it’s frequently because you wait until election day to get involved. Me? I’ve got Al Franken and Keith Ellison representing me, and I’m damned proud of it.
There is an opportunity to add to the ranks of politicians at the national level who actually represent our interests, if not our individual states. Elizabeth Warren is running for Senate in Massachusetts. The name doesn’t ring any bells? That’s because her consumer advocacy work has been blocked at every turn by Congress. I can’t think of a better introduction to her than her many Daily Show appearances included below.
If you do know who she is, you know that she is not about “politics as usual.” She is not about monied interests being in control of our politics. She is about individuals having the true freedom to make choices that comes from being on a (more) level playing field with the big guys.
You also know that she’s worth our political investment. If you’re in Massachusetts, she can probably use some volunteers. Even if you’re not, she can certainly use money. Her opponent, Tea Party candidate Scott Brown, will likely not face a serious primary challenge, and he already has well-filled coffers.
Emily’s List has already endorsed Warren:
A lawyer and professor, Warren has established a reputation as one of the top consumer advocates in the nation. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Warren became the chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel, created to oversee the Troubled Assets Relief Program. She also served as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury to oversee the development of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The idea for the CFPB was first suggested by Warren in 2007. She has authored nine books, two with her daughter Amelia. Warren was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009 and 2010 and in 2009 was named one of the Boston Globe’s Bostonian of the Year.
Now they’re collecting campaign funds for her as well. If you have some to spare, seriously consider clicking on that link. If we want a better government, now is the time to start doing something about it.