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Senator Warren: Stifled or Strengthened?

Elizabeth Warren is the future of the democratic party, and the more republicans hate her, the more her popularity grows. The modern democratic party of neo-liberals was born in the ‘70s and ‘80s as a response to the rise of conservatism spearheaded by a man you may have heard of: Ronald Reagan. New Democrats ascended to party royalty with the election of Bill Clinton as his centrist position proved extremely effective for the time. However, that strategy has gone stale. Hillary Clinton very nearly lost the primary to a 75-year-old socialist from Vermont; Jason Kander served as the senator from Missouri, an extremely conservative state, while championing a public option in the Affordable Care Act, a position to the left of New Democrats. According to The Washington Post, a “Harvard University survey, which polled young adults between ages 18 and 29, found that 51 percent of respondents do not support capitalism. Just 42 percent said they support it.” The fact is, liberals are fed up with being told to sit tight while centrists throw away the baby with the bathwater to look bipartisan, while steadily losing ground to an evermore radical conservative movement.

Elizabeth Warren is the embodiment of this anger. She’s a bona fide genius, and she’s ready to stand up for liberal policies without any concessions to the right. “Warren was recently in the news,” is a statement that you could probably say at any given moment since her senate victory in 2013. Most recently, Warren was silenced while reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King. The letter was written 30 years prior, opposing Jeff Sessions’s appointment to a federal judgeship on the grounds that he had previously used his power to suppress the black vote — Sessions was never appointed to that judgeship. Warren was silenced using Senate Rule 19, a rarely invoked rule that prohibits one senator from impugning the motives of another senator. Thirty years ago the letter would not have been a problem because Sessions had never served in the US senate, but his service since gives him this protection.

The use of the rule backfired massively. Elizabeth Warren, progressive icon, silenced reading the letter of Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King’s widow, in a last ditch attempt to prevent a blatant racist from becoming the Attorney General — it’s powerful stuff. The fact that Warren is so hated by conservatives that they would silence her in this way is precisely the reason she is so crucial for America’s suppressed liberals. They’ve been waiting for a leader. They turned out in droves for Barack Obama, but were disappointed by his willingness to accept inadequate compromises. Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, Keith Ellison — these sort of people are the future of the Democratic Party, and it’s because they scare conservatives. They strike fear into the hearts of the regressive, and the moneyed, and the hateful, and those who would seek to write off the most vulnerable members of our society in order to line the pockets of the wealthiest Americans.

Recently, The Atlantic wrote that the Democrats have the “coalition of the ascendant”: minorities, millennials, and college educated liberal whites. All of these demographics are an increasing share of the voting public. But democrats hold no such coalition; Warren and her kin do. They’ve tapped into the same live wire that propelled forth the New Deal and abolitionism: no compromise or sacrifices in the quest for justice. Due to this, Warren’s future is bright.