And Elizabeth Warren Will Lead Us

Dr. Munr Kazmir
4 min readNov 21, 2019

She has the plans, she has the funds, she has the momentum and the time for a female POTUS has come.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaking with attendees at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People hosted by the Center for the American Progress Action Fund and the SEIU at the Enclave in Las Vegas, Nevada. (photo: Gage Skidmore)

If we learned anything from last night’s debates, it’s that Democrats don’t really know what they want.

More importantly, Democrats running for president don’t know what the voting public wants, or how to give it to them.

Should Democrats, provided they manage to wrest the White House away from the Trump administration in November if not before, expand on Obamacare or replace it with Medicare for All? Or should Democrats introduce a sort-of compromise: Medicare for All-lite; medicare for all who want it, or all who can afford it.

Elected Democrats, and Democrats who want to be elected, have a laundry list of other legislative priorities, too. Some are obvious and overdue; wage gaps that lead to systemic wealth inequality, criminal justice system reforms, environmental priorities.

Some are less so. It’s true that open borders, abolishing ICE, free college, a cancelation of college debts, reparations, abolishing the electoral college, federally funded political campaigns and other progressive passion projects might not have gained enough traction yet to achieve legislative viability in a bi-partisan Democracy.

But moving the “Overton Window”- that is the standard range of socially acceptable thought on a given subject- is how liberal progressive Democrats have brought society so far, so fast on issues like gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ rights.

Public polling indicates an almost total shift in views on gay marriage from largely against to largely for in a relatively short time. Without the unceasing work of Democratic activists and legislators, this shift would have happened far more gradually, if at all.

Transcendental politics, as former President Barack Obama recently chided his party, are for campaign season. More specifically, they are for primary campaign season, a time in which the major political parties get to determine, from their relative pools of experience, who has the best ideas.

Who has charted the best path forward in 2019?

Who is moving the Overton Window on everything from health care as a universal public right to a more…