It appears that the Democratic Party is bringing Elizabeth Warren along for a run in 2016. Warren is getting the prized speaking spot at the convention-- the one both Clinton and Obama got before they were elected to the highest office.
HotAir discusses whether the Democratic Party is going hard Left. Uh, yeah. The Left has been left for quite awhile, now. Warren is an anti-capitalist like all the Left has been since Left was created. When the Left bothers to give qualified support to capitalism, what they mean is they approve of a Democrat-controlled government that manages the economy so that they can use the wealth-generating feature of capitalism to fund the Progressive agenda -- orthodox socialism was refuted even by socialist long ago. That's what Warren represents, as does Obama -- America-style socialism, social democracy.
Clinton wasn't as overt about his support for government management of the capitalist system, but he was just as statist. It's not just the Left, though -- it's more like the establishment in DC. Bush managed the capitalist system for his purposes, too. We have no free marketers in influential government positions. There are a few free-marketers in the Republican Party who seem to be rising in influence, but it's not certain they can make a difference. It will take a real opposition party to stop the likes of Warren. A strong populist on the Left can create a winning alliance -- just look at what Obama has done. Obama ought to be far behind in the polls, but he has made enough dependents believe they can continue to get more and more social benefits from government to keep the race tight. Warren is even a better populist than Obama. I've predicted that Americans will come to their senses and reject Obama, but who knows? If Romney turns out to be another Bush, then none of it matters, we're screwed. It's a shame that Presidents have so much power, but they do -- or at least they represent statist power. We need one who will voluntarily begin the process of transferring power back to the people -- that might be expecting too much. More realistically, the American people will have to demand that power be transferred back to the private sector -- then, maybe, government officials will listen.
If Obama wins in 2012, Warren will win in 2012, and we can accept that America has given away freedom with a whimper.