To the vast majority of political junkies in the world George Soros is a name that does not need to be followed with an introduction. However, every day people who don’t scrounge the latest political news may not know just how full of impact the man has been to the United States political machine and the role of progressive values in the United States and abroad. George Soros is a Hungarian born New Yorker who has spent the better part of his life working toward bringing democratic values to places all around the world and even in his adopted home, the United States. Soros is a staunch progressive, a self made billionaire, and someone who has vowed to stand against President Donald Trump’s caustic and dangerous campaign promises.
George Soros was likely watching from the sidelines in horror when Donald Trump was handed the keys to the Republican party back during the 2016 Presidential Election. Trump was a reality show TV star who inherited his wealth from his father and was known as much for getting sued as he was for ‘business’. To make matters worse, Trump bought in wholesale to a brand of violent, deranged nationalism that hearkens back to the ’40s in Germany — something with which George Soros has firsthand experience. Seeing Trump take the lead in the Presidential election was enough to get Soros up and out, back into the arena in order to take up the progressive fight.
George Soros got back into politics in order to stand against Trump’s dangerous brand of rhetoric. A lifelong progressive, and someone who has donated nearly $12 billion in charity through the Open Society Foundations, Soros knows the power of a well placed campaign contribution. Let’s face it, America’s right wing political party is the group of billionaires. Democrats and progressives don’t often have a chance to outspend their opponents, but every dollar helps. Soros’ returned to politics in time to boost Hillary Clinton’s political action committees with nearly $25 million in contributions.
These contributions went toward a litany of different objectives that the progressive party embraced, including immigrant rights, voting rights for Americans everywhere, and more. Soros own adviser, Michael Vachon, said that “This year the political stakes are exceptionally high.”Returning to politics may look like a no brainer to outside viewers but it wasn’t an easy decision for George Soros. Soros has largely stepped aside from the wider national elections in order to focus his work on the small local elections. His focus has always been to generate passion in the people in order to embrace their rights and fight for their own future. Coming back to the national stage was a big step and it bodes well for the progressive party.