What does it mean to stand up for what you believe in? What does it mean to have principles that last a life time? George Soros, founder of the Soros Hedge Fund and Open Society Foundations, has lived those two questions out via his actions over the past 60+ years. George Soros is a prominent billionaire who has a life story as interesting as anything you’ll ever read. If you haven’t heard of him much before be prepared to get familiar with his name. The 2016 presidential election, as wild as it was, brought George Soros out of his semi-retirement. From the ashes of the weirdest year in politics rises one of the most important voices in the progressive party.George Soros and Donald Trump stand at two polar opposite ends of the human spectrum. George Soros is a self made billionaire who has spent his entire life trying to empower people to pursue democratic ideals that consist of social justice, inclusive behavior, the arts, transparent government and so on.

Donald Trump inherited generational wealth and is as well known for getting sued as he is for his work as a reality TV star.Somehow these two men stand across from one another on the highest stage in the world of politics. Donald Trump is, obviously, the face of the Republican party while George Soros is back to be the voice and engine for progressive values.Soros works closely with his adviser Michael Vachon in order to deliberate their next moves. When Soros and Vachon saw what was going on during the 2016 election they were both just appalled with what they saw. Vachon notes the level of hostility between the two major parties was just something that he had never seen before. Vachon says, “This year the political stakes are exceptionally high.”

Those stakes grew even higher when Trump gained serious mobility as the nominee thanks to his brutal rhetoric, divisive comments, and off the cuff boorishness that somehow rang true with today’s GOP. At the end of the day what spurred Soros’s political action was the fact that he stands opposite of Trump on major issues: criminal reform, religious tolerance and immigration.George Soros has become a boogeyman to conservatives because he is one of the few billionaires willing to put his money down to see his ideal candidates get enough support to make a run at office. During the election this past year Soros donated over $25 million to progressive PACs including Hillary Clinton’s own political action committees. While Hillary ultimately fell short during the election season, albeit not without potential Russian collusion, Soros’ investment was well worth it — the progressive party is back and ready to fight for what is right.