It’s important for our democratic republican for progressives and conservatives to have a civil debate on the issues facing this nation. One of the reasons that our Founding Fathers enshrined the freedom of speech and expression is that they believed that no one side has a monopoly on the truth. History bears that out. Over the past few decades, liberal Democrats have been right about some things, wrong about some things; conservative Republicans have been right about some things and wrong about some things; democratic socialists have been right about some things and wrong about some things; libertarians have been right about some things and wrong about some things.
It is important for the Left and the Right to debate to test out the strengths and weaknesses of their ideas. It is only through political debate that the general public can make an informed decision after hearing the arguments of both sides.
One of the things that has led to political gridlock and the hyper-partisanship is the arrogance of the ideologue that assumes they are always right and everyone else is always wrong. That kind of mindset tries to silence anyone who disagrees with them and doesn’t respect the freedom of speech and expression. A true American believes In the free market of ideas where progressives, conservatives and moderates debate.
Here is a 2017 debate between democratic socialist Bernie Sanders and conservative Republican Ted Cruz on the future of Obamacare and their own ideas of health care reform.
Here is a 2017 debate between democratic socialist Bernie Sanders and conservative Republican Ted Cruz on the Republican tax reform bill of that year.
Here is a 1985 debate between conservative Republican Jerry Falwell and liberal Democrat Jesse Jackson on whether the United States should impose sanctions on apartheid South Africa.