In this article, TNR claims [quote]:
But by seeming to support ICE's continued existence, Sanders has put a wedge between himself and those seeking to pick up the torch he carried in 2016.
They also suggest/put forth new political figures such as [quote]: "Insurgent left-wing candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez"...
as being the purported 'vanguard' of a "new" (?) Left.
IN addition to Oregon's own Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who [quote] "voted against [ICE]'s creation, wrote in a Medium post on Sunday that it's time to "abolish ICE and start over.""
So, according to The New Republic :
1) Abolishing ICE 'ought' to be a basic Left platform
2) because Sanders won't toe that exact line, he's automatically excluded from being "authentic Left" (whatever the ***K that is)
The New Republic wraps up Sanders [quote]:
"...he is not a doctrinaire leftist... based on his ICE comments and the uneven results of his campaign efforts, Sanders no longer seems like such a sure figurehead for disgruntled Democratic voters."
TNR goes even further, implying that Sanders is somehow not even on par with European labour advocates [quote]:
"Sanders isn't just to the right of the average American socialist; he's to the right of Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the U.K.'s Labour Party. While nationalization is a key pillar of the party's platform, it is ground politicians in the United States still fear to tread."
I may not have voted for Sanders in 2016 and I'm not on board with his 'socialist' (is it, really?) general platform positions; but Sanders — as implied and asserted by The New Republic — somehow 'not a Leftist'?
I mean sure, the Democrats are a War Party (and in that sense IDENTICAL to GOP) and Sanders has a long pro-National Security State foreign policy record in Congress even before joining the Democrat Party.
Even if not a "true Socialist", how in the HELL is a "true Socialist" (she's not but just for sake of argument-example here) such as Ocasio-Cortez, going to make headway within the War Party DNC? Particularly after the documented BackStabbing of Berniebots, July 2016?
and Earl Blumenauer, in the Portlandia Oasis, somehow being a "standard bearer" / bleeding edge for the Democratic Party (which sure, he is to some extent), let along Left politics more broadly in America?
It's one thing to say-claim that Sanders is "not a Socialist"; or even that he's "not a Democrat".
But that he's "not Left"?!?
if Bernie, in the broad sense of U.S. politics of the past 30 years, is _not_ leftist, then what the **** is a "leftist"? And no, you can't hand pick the miniscule fraction of a few Unicorn U.S. representatives in Congress as examples, e.g. (now-retired) Dennis Kucinich.
If no "leftists" exist in Congress (no, Blumenauer IS NOT a "leftist") then what is the point of participating in representative voter politics in America?
More on Sanders (prior to being stabbed in the back by the DNC mid-2016) :
Bernie Sanders | The Young Turks Interview (FULL)
Sanders: Iowa Caucus Result "A Victory For Our Political Revolution"
Bernie Sanders Campaign — Your Thoughts?