At a Re/code technology conference earlier this week, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gave a powerful and impassioned response to a student asking how one could believe any politician that says they will "rebuild this country."
Warren had a Howard Beale moment telling the audience: "I'm mad as hell and I'm fed up and I'm not going to do this anymore."
SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA): Too many of the people in Washington, do not represent the folks who elected them. They represent the rich and the powerful who don't want their taxes raised, who don't want to see any change. Who are perfectly happy with things where they are, indeed they're doing great with things where they are. And they stay in the ear of enough of the folks in Washington that it has made it almost impossible to get any kind of change.
The only way we get change is when enough people in this country say I'm mad as hell and I'm fed up and I'm not going to do this anymore. You are not going to go back and represent me in Washington, D.C. if you are not willing to pass a meaningful infrastructure bill. If you are not willing to refinance student loan interest rates and stop dragging in billions of dollars in profits off the backs of kids who otherwise can't afford to go to college. If you don't say you're going to fund the NIH because that is our future.
We have to make these issues salient and not just wonky. When you hear us talk about this and you say this is like the wonkiest conference ever, can you imagine saying that at a tech conference? When you say this is the wonkiest conference we've ever had -- no. These have to be the things that you wake up people all over America and say what matters?
Whether or not you're going to have a job, whether or not you're going to have a retirement, whether or not your kids are going to have any chance to build a future for them. It's got to be about these core issues. And we got to talk about them, talk about them enough until there's some real change in this country, that's all I know to do.
Read more about Warren's Tuesday night keynote interview with Re/code founders Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.