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Ask Sally 1 — Drawing the Lines for Progressivism in 2019


Interviewer: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Interviewee: Catherine Broomfield

Numbering: Issue 2: Here We Go

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: Question Time

Web Domain:

Individual Publication Date: January 6, 2019

Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2019

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 647

Keywords: activist, Sally Buxbaum Hunt, Scott Douglas Jacobsen, Sex-Positive.

Sally Buxbaum Hunt is a Sexual Education, Sex-Positive, Separation of Church and State Activist and Organizer, and a Progressive. Here we talk about demarcating the lines between progressive and non-progressive for 2019.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: How can progressives define what is and is not progressivism?

Sally Buxbaum Hunt: Being progressive means being willing to advocate for the most overly burdened, marginalized, and struggling people in this country, fighting for policies that benefit the middle class, the working class, and the poor, as well as minorities in this nation, too (e.g., people of color, LGBT, and so on), it means being willing to advocate for changes in policies and in the status quo.

I think this is the difference between progressives and moderate Democrats who would not necessarily identify as progressives. I think we have to be both. I think we have to be a progressive and liberal democrat. But the progressive part is the most important part.

It means that we are advocating for changes in policy that will benefit people who need changes, who are hurt and suffering because of the status quo. The status quo favors the richest people in the nation.

It causes more suffering in the working class, the middle class, and the poor; it makes them poorer and even more burdened.

Jacobsen: If you could target some policies needing work, what would those be now?

Hunt: It would be raising taxes on the rich first in order for other things to happen. It can go hand-in-hand with other things. Definitely, Medicare for all; we need universal healthcare. That has to happen. We could easily afford it.

It would not be too difficult. It would be like every other developed nation in the world. It has to happen. People are sicker and more in debt, poorer than they have to be, which burdens employers as well.

It is the employers having to cover healthcare for their employees. It makes the employees feel as if they have to be employed and not be able to leave a job that they do not like. They feel as if they cannot become self-employed and entrepreneurs because they’ll lose their healthcare.

Number one, the raising of taxes for the rich has to happen. There are many other necessary policy changes, too. We should legalize marijuana. We should end the “War on Drugs.” It is destroying lives. In addition to universal healthcare, we need universal mental healthcare.

It needs to include drug rehabilitation programs. If we were to end this war on drugs and legalize drugs, instead of treating it as criminal activities, we would, actually, treat people and help them to get past their addictions and mental health issues leading to the drug use in the first place.

The education inequality, education should be federally funded and equally. It should not depend on property taxes.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Sally.

Hunt: Sure thing!

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