Leo finds Jon Stewart helping out the policy debaters; I find a great assistant coach for Lincoln-Douglas... and the Democrat I've been looking for.
I hear all this, you know, "Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever."—No!
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.
You built a factory out there—good for you! But I want to be clear.
You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for.
You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate.
You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.
You didn't have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.
Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea—God bless. Keep a big hunk of it.
But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along [Elizabeth Warren, public forum, transcribed by "rumproast", 2011.09.20].
Those of us who believe in government (and thus in ourselves, in all citizens) aren't fighting class warfare. We're fighting against the warfare of the state of nature where the big guys eat the little guys. We're fighting for the idea that everybody deserves real liberty and education and the opportunity to do big things, not just the handful of barons who can afford big castles and cannons or the brigands who are willing to rape and pillage.
Elizabeth Warren understands the social contract, and she's able to explain it in clear, concrete language. Democrats, the above one-minute thesis is your framework for victory in 2012.