I just read today that Hillary Clinton is getting ready to make an announcement. Everyone anticipates that she will be expressing her desire to be the Democratic nominee for president very soon. My heart filled with dread at the inevitable ascension of the former first lady.
I have been an admirer of yours for a few years, since I witnessed you courageous fight for a U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. My love for you was solidified when you lead a spirited fight against your callow opponent, Republican incumbent Scott Brown, winning the general election on November 6, 2012, and becoming the first female senator from Massachusetts. Knowing that you are in the Senate taking the fight to the banksters and 'moderates from both parties’ has given me the assurance that democracy is not just another corrupt political system.
I know that Hillary is quite a formidable lady with a long list of credentials and rock solid name recognition, not to mention a powerful ally, her husband Bill Clinton. It certainly seems like she has a check in every box of desirable qualities for president. And yet I long to see you run. I admire your depth of knowledge of financial affairs. I am touched by the way you champion various causes on behalf of the middle class and your genuine desire to see hardworking Americans succeed on a level playing field. We need you grit, wisdom and passionate voice in a real primary, debating the many issues that are plaguing the middle class, and I believe you can win the hearts of the American people. You were born to seize this moment to change the trajectory of our country.
The market driven plan for housing the middle class has only made homes more unaffordable. Homes that used to represent a place to raise our families, providing them stability and love, are now tickets in a great big bank-controlled lottery where any day you may be driven out by artificial supply and demand, unreasonable mortgages and appreciating taxes. In many areas of the country modest homes are on sale for a million dollars or more.
Our banking system was meant to provide reasonable loans to qualified borrowers for a profit, but our current system no longer wishes to serve the average American. The typical customer does not have the net worth to satisfy the insatiable desire for profit that now drives the banking industry. Even though banks profit from most transactions through debit and credit cards fees, they still charge customers for every possible request, even for a basic account. Banks boasting of free checking are finding numerous ways to nip a little bit here and there from their customers whose wages have been stagnant for years. Then there is the wheeling and dealing taking place in the derivatives market, with losses being underwritten by taxpayers, legislation that you so eloquently lobbied against.
The root of many of our social ills: crime, high-cost unattainable higher education, a less than desirable job market, could see a turnaround if you became president.
Am I too naive to believe that what American needs now is a leader whose heart beats every day for the American people and who strongly supports economic fairness for all?
I know the polls are indicating that you would wage an uphill battle against our dear former secretary of state and the pundits tell me that Hillary would amass a billion-dollar war chest to fight any possible Republican challenger. They also say that you don’t stand a chance to be elected in a country where JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has a golden seat at the table from which he can lobby Congress. They say you are not moderate enough, all because you still believe, not in what is politically palatable, but what is best for our country. Given these facts I am told that Hillary Clinton is the ‘inevitable’ democratic nominee for president – “signed, sealed and delivered.” But my heart beats for you alone. Please run.