Preserving the Original Definition of Debate

By Tom Dougherty

Debate has the unbridled ability to make things better, or devolve into nothing more than a shouting match. Let’s hope for the first on Sunday night and beyond.

Merriam-Webster defines debate as:

A contention by words or arguments: as
a : the formal discussion of a motion before a deliberative body according to the rules of parliamentary procedure
b : a regulated discussion of a proposition between two matched sides

Interestingly, “a” speaks to the upcoming second presidential debate on Sunday night, while “b” speaks directly to what the new Practical Politicking is trying to facilitate.

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