Here is a 2017 debate between democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders and conservative Republican Ted Cruz on Obamacare and Sanders’ ideas on Medicare-For-All.
This is what a constructive debate on ideas is supposed to look like. Both Sanders and Cruz are trying to persuade the audience to support their ideas by giving well reasoned arguments and backing it up with evidence. They took questions from the audience and they gave each other a chance to respond to the other’s criticisms of their plans.
As I’ve written many times before, our democratic republic only works when people of differing views are able to debate on issues, find areas of common ground and make compromises to forge legislation to help struggling Americans. Robert F. Kennedy said in a speech in Berkeley in 1966: “…wisdom can only emerge from the clash of contending views, the passionate expression of deep and hostile beliefs. Plato said: ‘A life without criticism is not worth living.’”