Understanding Your Ideological Opposite

Democratic Party Chair Tim Burke, Esq., and Republican Party Chair Alex Triantafilou, Esq., argued the other side’s position on controversial voting issues.  Whether you believe that there is voter suppression or voter fraud, it is important to understand both sides of any issue.

Burke and Triantifilou demonstrated their understanding of the issues by explaining the opposing party’s point of view until they had said it so clearly, that their opposite stated, “I could not have said it better myself”.

This series features informative “reverse debates” that challenge high-profile advocates on opposite sides of major public policy issues to demonstrate their understanding of the other side’s point of view by explaining it until the other party concedes that they couldn’t have said it better themselves. This format promotes civil, informative discussion of hotly contested issues by trading fact and clear explanation for a typical debate’s spin and obfuscation.

The goal: to learn and practice techniques for communicating around and through our differences; communicating to hear and be heard, to understand and be understood, to show and receive respect, and to find new and better ways to solve problems…together.

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Voter Fraud v. Voter Suppression Handout