Republican/Democrat venn diagram by Carolyn Swiszcz

Politics Is Broken: We Have to Learn How to Disagree

There are less than two weeks until the 2020 presidential election.

I can’t wait for it to be over.

Never in my life has an election felt more important, and no matter how it goes, I think we’re going to have a lot of work to do.

Politics is pretty broken.

There’s so much fighting and scraping and ignoring the actual point. It’s maddening. There’s really no incentive for getting things done. That requires working with the other side, and then your own side will crucify you.

We have things that need to be fixed, such as healthcare, immigration, infrastructure—and oh yeah, there’s that whole pandemic thing wreaking havoc on the economy and people’s health.

No matter who wins the presidency, we’ll still have these problems. No matter who controls the Senate, we’ll still have these problems. No matter who gets that Supreme Court seat, we’ll still have these problems.

As a nation, as a world, as people—we have to learn how to disagree and still work together.

I wrote a book about 35 politicians who do that. Or at least try, a little bit (nobody’s perfect). I think the book is a bit of a healing balm in the midst of the debates, the Facebook fights, the constant attacks.

Please check it out. You can grab a copy on Amazon or from me on Etsy (we’ve also got stickers!). Learn more here.

“If we can’t have conversations then we can’t have a good democracy.” –Justin Giboney

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