Government, [Elizabeth] Warren said, “gave the little guys a better chance to compete by preventing the big guys from rigging the markets.”
And there lay the other stark contrast between the Tampa Republicans and the Charlotte Democrats. Building their convention around an out-of-context quotation from Obama, Republicans offered a counter-theme, “We built it.” But the message of Tampa often came off more as: “We own it.” Working people and the dignity of labor receded into the shadows cast by the investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
The Democrats’ version of the American dream is built of different stuff, on individual and family struggle. Republicans may cast themselves as champions of “family values,” but Democrats here — notably Michelle Obama and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro — spoke far more about upward mobility as a family enterprise.