The ACDU is dedicated to promoting public debate in social settings around the country. Participants need not have formal debate experience – rather, they should share a passion for discussing the issues of the day – political, economic, environmental, cultural and social – in a collegial format that promotes thought and engagement.
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The American Civic Debate Union’s inaugural event was a bigger success than we dreamed of. Video, transcripts and more….
Last Sunday saw a great crowd turnout for our inaugural event, which featured myself and Dr. Frank Venturo squaring off on the question of what system might be best for electing the US president. Nobody was willing to defend the Electoral College, and the debate pivoted primarily on whether adoption of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would actually fix the problems facing America.
Partisan discourse can’t sink much lower. Now is the time to resurrect a format that was made for political debates.
The third and final “debate” between presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is now mercifully in the rearview mirror, but like a direct hit from an aggrieved skunk, it might take weeks for the stink to fully die down. This trifecta of vitriolic spew has held a mirror up before the face of the American system of political discourse, and what we’re seeing is utterly wretched.