Open Thread for night owls: At Netroots Nation, Warren says fight, fight, fight to unrig the system

Author: | Daily Kos ||

And she didn’t say fight among yourselves.

The senator from Massachusetts gave a rousing, upbeat, 31-minute speech at in Atlanta at Netroots Nation Saturday morning. You can watch it all here starting at 47:00. Or you can read it all below. Any transcription errors are mine.  

Before i begin, i want to say a word about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, DACA.

The fights that we fight for, they matter. In 2012, because of the persistence of many of you in this room, 800,000 young men and women were protected from deportation. Because of you, because of your work, and because of DACA, dreamers who are as American as you are promised a chance to work and a chance to live without fear of being ripped away from family and friends. And, at the home most of them know, the chance to build a future.

And now, President Trump will make a decision on DACA. Dreamers’ future hangs in the balance. This Tuesday, August 15, people are mobilizing to protect dreamers. So, Let’s not sit back. Let’s stand together and say, President Trump, let dreamers stay! They are our friends, our family, and our future. Give dreamers the chance to fill their dream. That is what we want to do. [Strong applause]  Yeah. You bet. Yeah.

These fights matter, these fights matter, and that is why it is good to be back at a Netroots Nation. i love it. Thank you Mary and Eric and thank you Arshad and thank you the entire Netroots Nation’s team for bringing us together again. 

You know, it is a great treat to be here in Atlanta, the hometown of a man who has taught us the importance of necessary trouble, my friend and my hero, John Lewis. What a man.

I look out in this room and I see 3000 progressives, people of every race, gender, religion, and color, all committed to building a better future. I look out here and I see Donald Trump’s worst nightmare. Yeaaah, Trump’s worst nightmare, but also a big threat to everyone who kind of likes things the way they work right now. 

A few weeks ago, i read an op-ed in The New York Times from a so-called Democratic strategist, and the title was “Back to the center, Democrats.” [loud booing] Sounds like some other people read it, too.

It was all about how we have to stop caring about—quote—”identity politics.” And how we have to stop waging—quote— “class warfare.” According to this author, the path forward is to go back to locking up nonviolent drug offenders and ripping more holes in our economic safety net. I even got a shout-out. Apparently, I am the face of the problem. So is Bernie.

But let’s be really clear here. The real power, the real threat is not to me. It’s you. All of you. Yeah. It is your energy, your passion, and your commitment to our values that threaten the bland business-as-usual establishment.

Now we have been warned off before. We have been told Give Up!, keep your heads down, act like a grown-up, keep doing the same old, same old.

Here is what is interesting. After this was published, instead of a lot of ferocious back and forth and piling on, this time, no one cared. Big yawn. Why? because the Democratic Party is not a going back to the days of welfare reform and of the crime bill. It is NOT going to happen.

Are we clear on that? We are not going to go back to the days of being lukewarm on choice. No, we’re not. We’re not going back to the time when universal health care was something for Democrats to talk about on the campaign trail, but were too chicken to fight for after they got elected. And we are definitely not going back to the days when a Democrat who wanted to run a for a seat in Washington first had to grovel on Wall Street.

Nope, we’re not going back. Democrats are headed forward. We are looking ahead and we will not, we shall not, we must not allow anyone to turn back the clock. […]

Warren continues after today’s regular night owls featureS

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Quoting Mandela, Obama reacted to the Charlottesville demonstrations in three tweets:

— Axios (@axios) August 13, 2017


At on this date in 2010Architect of health insurance mandate leads GOP 2012 field:

As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney basically wrote the blueprint for health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama this past March.

Now, as a likely contender for his party’s presidential nomination in 2012, he’s leading the field, according to the most recent Clarus Group survey conducted last month. Romney gets 26% of the GOP vote compared to 21% for Mike Huckabee. Newt Gingrich is at 14% and Sarah Palin as at 12%.

The cognitive dissonance is deafening: GOPers have declared the health insurance mandate public enemy number one, but more of them support the guy who helped make them become reality than any other candidate. Sure, Romney now tries to pretend he hates the mandate, but he passed into law as governor, embraced it during the 2008 primary campaign, and he wouldn’t be able to walk away from it in 2012.

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By | 2017-08-12T19:30:56+00:00 August 12th, 2017|Daily Kos|

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