By: D. Kennedy
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just agreed with Sen. Bernie Sanders that Joe Biden is not “progressive enough” for the left.
“One of the reasons why I was supportive of Sen. Sanders was because of how progressive his stances are, but, you know, the primaries are over, and right now what is most important is to make sure that we ensure a Democratic victory in November and that we continue to push Vice President Biden on issues from marijuana to climate change to foreign policy,” Ocasio-Cortez told JustTheNews reporter Nick Ballasy.
Ocasio-Cortez claims that she’s not trying to undermine the party or each other, adding that she is just trying to fight for a progressive agenda. Foreign policy and immigration have been a few of the issues she would like Biden to have a more progressive stance on.
Biden’s campaign has also been labeled “pretty stubborn” by the radical left on health care reform. Their campaign has refused to endorse Sanders’ signature “Medicare for All” health plan, attacking the plan with its $35 trillion price tag.
While Ocasio-Cortez still supports Medicare for all, she agreed that a public option (which is Biden’s plan) is still better than the Affordable Care Act, a federal statute signed into law by former President Barack Obama. It’s ironic seeing Biden oppose the exact laws he also signed in office as Obama’s former VP.
Sanders, however, has expressed doubts about Biden and says that he is at serious risk of losing the election to President Trump by alienating progressives. The left-wing progressives who have supported Sen. Bernie Sanders are having a hard time getting behind Joe Biden, who is constantly changing his viewpoints and opinions depending on where the wind blows.
Bernie supporters aren’t ecstatic about the notion of supporting Joe Biden. “We have to be true to ourselves and acknowledge that Biden is a mediocre, milquetoast, neoliberal centrist that we’ve been fighting against in the Democratic establishment,” said hard-core leftist Harvard professor Cornel West.
Ocasio-Cortez has also suggested a mass movement and widespread support for the chance to incorporate her own democratic socialist policies into office.
Despite the concerns from Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders, the Biden campaign has actively promised the left with empty policies and mainstream media performances. They’ve promised “civilian corps” instead of first responders, banning for-profit private charter schools, and are looking at eliminating carbon pollution from power plants by 2035, which would cost millions of jobs and destroy the middle class.
These are the “unity guidelines” of the Biden Campaign that would turn the administration into one that is much more progressive and much more destructive. Even the people on the left barely support this. It’s either too far or not far enough for the Dems. There’s never a safe middle.