Daily Archives: April 9, 2012

What Kind Of Senator Would Elizabeth Warren Be?

I have been reading the packet of information that the Warren campaign gives out about what it means to be a Volunteer Team Leader.  One sentence really stands out for me.

It is Elizabeth’s belief that this campaign is not solely about an election in November, but rather a grassroots effort to build a collective voice to bring to Washington in January to overpower the special interests that have become so entrenched in our society.

That is exactly what I believe, too.  That is why a group of us in Sturbridge have banded together to be that collective voice.  Right now we are concentrating our efforts on getting Elizabeth Warren elected to the Senate.  However, we expect to continue our efforts long after the election is over.

I have said it on this blog in many ways – A good politician needs the voters to continue to force that politician to do the right thing after the politician gets elected.  I think the politician’s stand for supporting a policy is greatly enhanced when she can tell her colleagues that her constituents will be outraged if the policy is defeated.  I don’t think anything can get the run-of-the-mill politician’s attention as quickly as an outraged constituency.

Say what you will about either the Tea Party Movement or the Occupy Movement – they have give us recent proof of the power of an outraged constituency.  Of course, the Tea Party’s rage has been harnessed, fomented, and financially supported by exactly the people that do them the most harm.  When the Tea Party figures this out, and starts realizing that the Occupy Movement is fighting the same forces they are without having been captured by those forces, we may have a very powerful coalition.

See my previous post Elizabeth Warren – “I cannot do this alone” which is a nice complement to this one.

Scott Walker Hopes You Won’t Notice He Repealed Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Law

The article Scott Walker Hopes You Won’t Notice He Repealed Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Law could be subtitled What Republican War On Women? Oh, that one!

The email I received to tell me about this article said:

On Thursday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed a bill which repeals enforcement of Wisconsin’s equal pay law. In so doing, Walker took away any legal recourse for Wisconsin women who do not receive equal pay for equal work.

Walker signed the bill just before the holiday weekend, and his office did not return repeated requests for comment. Gee, it’s almost as though Walker is hoping his rollback of women’s rights goes unnoticed.

Does Walker think any of this will stand after he is recalled from the Governor’s office in June?  Does Scott Brown in Massachusetts think that sending him, a Republican Senator, back to Washington will be easy for women of Massachusetts to do in light of this national war on women by the Republicans?

Well, women of Massachusetts, what do you think?

I am sure some women in Massachusetts like the Republican party, but the truth is that the party does not seem to particularly like them.


Elizabeth Warren – “I cannot do this alone”

I have taken to heart this video by Elizabeth Warren.

The reason my postings to my blog have slowed down in the last few weeks is because I have been devoting a lot of time to work with a small group to build a volunteer force in Sturbridge and the surrounding area to work for Warren’s election.

After listening to complaints (and making some of my own) that there was not a lot of action in this area for the Warren campaign, I decided to go back to that phrase my sister taught me when we were young, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”

So far our little group has collected over 400 signatures to get Warren on the ballot for the September primary. She needs 10,000. Last I heard, she had an estimated 40,000, but we aren’t stopping collecting until the deadline at the end of this month.

We are now about to reach out to many more volunteers in the area. We will be trying to engage them in as many activities to further Warren’s campaign as we can think of.

Suggestions welcome. Volunteering to join us is also welcome. If you live in this area, we may be calling you soon.

One reason that I think President Obama did not live up to my expectations of him, is that he and his team seemed to forget this message which he also espoused during his campaign.

He seemed to think he could deal with Congress on his own without enlisting the collective outrage of the voters. The Republican’s on the other hand were before the cameras and microphones several times a day trying to rile up the outrage of the voters over phony issues and using misinformation.

You might have thought that he would see the Republican’s tactic and say, “No fair. I thought of this idea first. I am going to do a better job of this than they do because this has been my specialty.” It is such a shame to see a politician think that the skills for running for office do not have any overlap with the skills needed to govern.