I Agree With Obama?

September 22, 2009

I’m sure friends and family will be surprised to read this, but I’m a fair guy.

I’ll give President Obama two points.

Point 1: I saw him on a news show this weekend correctly state that the discourse around health care isn’t about his skin color, rather about what people think the proper role of government is in society.

Point 2:  Today I read this quote from one of his TV appearances over the weekend:

“I think, that frankly, the media encourages some of the outliers in behavior, because, let’s face it – the easiest way to get on television right now is to be really rude,” Obama said on ABC’s Sept. 20 “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “If you’re just being sensible and giving people the benefit of the doubt and you’re making your arguments, you don’t, you don’t get time on the nightly news.

I agree with that too.  I find that goes for debates at the office and family living rooms around the country as well. We are TERRIBLE at constructive conflict.  We take things too personally. We call each other names.  We misrepresent our opponents’ viewpoints.  We get mad and frustrated.  We shut down when we hear something that might challenge the way we think.

In many debates, we have precious little time to make valid points and question our opponents position before the powder keg ignites.  We’re too caught up in winning, or at least making it appear that we are the victor, than bringing the best ideas forward and addressing the valid points, fair criticisms and trade-offs and getting others to think about the very things that successfully formed our mindsets.

That’s too bad.


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