Disagreeing, Without Being Disagreeable

Can we disagree, without being disagreeable?  US House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) thinks so.  Ryan flies the flag of Jack Kemp’s optimistic conservatism.  I wasn’t such a fan of Kemp back in the day (I don’t usually trust Quarterbacks).

“Ideas, passionately promoted, put to the test. That’s what politics can be. That’s what our country can be.”  With experience, I am much more appreciative of the importance of good governance and the hard work of debating ideas instead of attacking individuals.

This PBS Newshour video is a bit of a long read in our Twitter age.  The Speaker offers about 15 minutes, speaking to young people in the House Ways & Means chambers, with about 15 minutes of Q&A.  It’s worth your time in these troubling times.


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