Our best hope: a listening campaign

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  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Oct. 19, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    One good way to understand the other side is to practice arguing it, like students in a debate class. Spend a few minutes with a friend, each debating your favorite positions. Take notes. Prepare to switch sides, then do the same--but now on the side you oppose. It doesn't have to change your mind, but it might convince you that the opposition isn't evil.

    During a campaign, the best way to learn about a candidate is to ignore most campaign output and find what the candidates were like before they became candidates. Learn about their character. I would rather have a good man from the "wrong" party that power seeker from my own.

  • JHP Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 19, 2010 3:48 p.m.

    Good things to keep in mind -- thanks for writing.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    Oct. 19, 2010 8:11 a.m.

    To "procuradorfiscal | 6:54 a.m. " I hate to use actual facts to prove you wrong, but I guess somebody has to.

    If you take the Utah governor's race as an example of races going on around the US, liberals are the ones running smear campaigns. Conservatives are the ones that are the target of contentious compaigns. There was a senator back east that took a speach by his opponent, hacked up what was said and took things out of context just to make his opponent look bad.

  • micawber Centerville, UT
    Oct. 19, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    Excellent piece, Professor Sumner.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Oct. 19, 2010 6:54 a.m.

    Re: "I am disheartened by the current contentious rhetoric of campaigns as folks attack people's characters rather than their reasons, arguing from the gut instead of the head."

    Nothing here to disagree with. But I've got to keep asking -- where were you, Professor Sumner, during the Bush years? Why is it important to stress civility and rhetorical listening only when liberals are being skewered?