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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Tammy Baldwin's speech

Following in the footsteps of Elizabeth Warren, who made a speech in favor of progressive values that went viral and then some, we now have Tammy Baldwin, a Congressional representative from Wisconsin who's running for the open Senate in that state (against former and very popular governor, Tommy Thompson; she would be the first open lesbian to hold a Senate seat in the state).  She made this terrific speech at the National Institute's annual dinner that is being quoted by all my favorite liberals:

“It’s not that we’ve forgotten how to create wealth in this country. It’s that we have allowed that wealth to be concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. And as the distance between top and bottom has widened, the bonds between us have stretched — and broken. Progressives want to restore those bonds.

. . . Wisconsin was one of the first states to guarantee access to a free public education," she said. "We were the first state to ratify the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote. We were the first to protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination. Wisconsin was the first state to grant collective bargaining rights to public employees. We invented workers' compensation. We invented unemployment insurance. But recently, that progressive tradition has come under attack by extremists."

. . . It must be our fight -- for an economy and a government that works for the 99 percent. A fight that says we're all in this together. A fight that declares we have an obligation to each other. An obligation to be fair and just. And where there are wrongs, an obligation to change it. Believing in that -- that's what it means to be a progressive."



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