Elizabeth Warren, Embrace Your Anger.
In response to Joe Biden calling Elizabeth Warren’s viewpoint “angry”.
Less than a year away from the general election and only a few months away from the Iowa caucus, three candidates have pulled ahead of the seemingly endless list of hopefuls to secure their positions as the leaders. Over the past few months, Elizabeth Warren has seen a meteoric rise in the polls, and while I might prefer Bernie Sanders there is no denying that overall she is running a solid, refreshing campaign in the midst of so many other candidates with so little to offer.
That being said, it should come as no surprise that her fellow presidential hopeful Joe Biden does not feel quite the same way.
The New York Times reported that:
“Last week, after Mr. Biden’s campaign criticized Ms. Warren’s proposal to pay for Medicare for all, she suggested that Mr. Biden was “running in the wrong presidential primary.”
‘Democrats are not going to win by repeating Republican talking points and by dusting off the points of view of the giant insurance companies and the giant drug companies who don’t want to see any change in the law that will bite into their profit,’ she said.
Her message drew a pointed rebuke from Mr. Biden, who wrote that such remarks ‘reflect an angry unyielding viewpoint that has crept into our politics. If someone doesn’t agree with you — it’s not just that you disagree — that person must be a coward or corrupt or a small thinker.’”
Joe Biden went on to take it even further, calling her remarks “condescending” and “elitist”.
Putting aside the irony of Biden calling her an elitist, as a woman I am so genuinely sick and tired of having our passion or critiques called anger in an effort to easily dismiss and disregard it. Over the past few years, the phrase “if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention” has become increasingly popular, and I could not agree more.
For far too long, politicians have been handpicked and programmed to try to avoid showing any real emotions, or putting their authentic selves and viewpoints on display for the American voters. But it will never cease to baffle me that what so many of them — Democrats specifically — have yet to realize is that anger shows us they care.
Yes, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are angry. Why? Because they are on the frontlines, in gymnasiums, restaurants, and church basements all across the country engaging with the American people, and finding out how we are currently being affected by the brokenness in this system.
I may not entirely agree with Elizabeth Warren and I’m certainly to the left of her, but I refuse to invalidate the amount of effort she is putting in to do her best to understand just what the American people are going through, and showing us all her ideas on how to help. Simply dismissing her as angry is just a convenient erasure of everything behind why she feels so strongly about the plans she’s putting forward.
Elizabeth Warren, please continue to embrace your anger. Continue to feel it, acknowledge it, own it, and use it as motivation to move forward.