Week 11 – Lessons in Leadership – Pat Hall, Jim Dunlap, Majority Plus – Government Relations Firm

Jim and Pat historically have aligned with different political affiliations and demonstrated civility with each other. With the recent midterm elections and political conversations, discuss what you perceive to be the biggest challenges impacting political conversations.


  • Kamryn Johnson

    It has been stated Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Every time I hear the words democrats, republicans, liberals or conservatives this is all I can think of. The United States is so politically polarized that no one is willing to meet in the middle grounds or agree on any issue. I believe the United States would be better off if we could find a middle ground and come together for a common cause. This polarization has caused a lot of politicians to be more combative towards one another instead of cooperative. If there was one issue I could fix, it would be the polarization of all politics. Once we all put aside our differences, everyone has good intentions and wants the best for everyone. We can disagree on how to reach our end goal, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work toad strive together to make our society better.

  • Nathan Henry

    I think the biggest challenges we face in political conversations is the incredibly divisive factions that have emerged. We no longer respect different opinions; it’s become an “us or them” mentality. You’re either with us or against us, and if you’re against us you’re wrong, ignorant, and stupid. For us to move forward and have productive political conversations, we have to do away with that mindset. We need to start respecting others’ opinions again and try to understand their viewpoints, instead of automatically vilifying them.

  • Everyone seems to be very politically radical in our government now a days. There are little to no politicians that come to mind when I think of moderate politicians. This obviously is fueled and empowered by their very radical following though and as this trend grows the harder to stay away from it, it becomes. People I know left and right are falling into this “If you are aren’t ___, you aren’t american.” trend. It is popping up in the left and the right. The right is calling their opponents liars, criminals and idiots, while the left is calling their opponents Nazis and liars. They are making no room for the in between and those who are their do not have the backing or the drive to fight both sides. A vote for a libertarian is basically thrown away in our political climate. No democrat or republican will fight for the middle ground either out of fear of loosing their following to the the more radical politicians. The problem I see is that the only voting people are the ones that see the world in black and white and only listen to one source of news. If people can see this and understand the middle ground is an okay place to be and that voting DOES matter then I believe this divide can go away.

  • Hannah Morrison

    I believe that the biggest challenge impacting political conversations today are political parties and their stigmas. When discussing political topics, lines get “drawn in the sand” as soon as the color red or blue is revealed. Belonging to a major political party more often than not shuts down meaning conversations about topics that seem to divide the two groups. This leaves little middle ground to discuss the positive and negative aspects from both view points. Since third parties and nonpartisan groups are not in the majority, often times people try to bend their own beliefs into a party, instead of realizing that there are options where they do not have to conform those views.

  • Anna Schmidt

    I think that the sound bite culture in which we live has to be what causes the biggest challenges in political conversations. So many of us are just spouting off the line we heard on FOX, CNN, or even a Twitter post. I’ve even been guilty of this. There are so many convincing personas out there, passionately spouting off 30 seconds of why we should believe the same thing that they do. It’s so easy to fall into that trap, and latch onto the opinions that people give us online. But when we do this, we start having conversations that are backed by virtually nothing, and there is absolutely no way that we can effectively communicate if we really don’t know what we are talking about. I think that the key to changing this is adding more reading and writing to our lives. Reading more about the issues that we talk about, so that when we speak, we have more knowledge and perspective. Reading also teaches us to get used to learning about opinions different than ours, and being okay with it. And writing, because when we write down how an issue is effecting us, we can usually get to the bottom of how we really feel about it, what the best options are, and what actions we can take. Writing also forces us to fill in the missing pieces of our beliefs, and prepares us for future conversations.
    In order to start making effective change, we have to learn to effectively communicate. And to effectively communicate, we have to commit to more deeply educating ourselves. Once we do that, I think that progress will flow at a rate we never could have imagined.

  • Xaviera Burton

    The problem with political discussions in today’s time is that generally we enter them with the intention of changing the other persons view. instead of going in open minded and willing to listen to the other persons views and beliefs we go in assuming that the way they view politics is wrong or ignorant.
    another challenge we face in political discussions is how to argue properly. generally people tend to wing it when it comes to arguing when in reality there are certain healthy techniques to arguing and the majority of average Americans are unaware of these techniques.

  • Kateri Krug

    When it comes to political conversations, I believe the biggest challenge is people feel attacked right from the start. Although someone may have different political views, they are not always trying to prove you wrong. By showing that you are listening to the points and views from someone who does not share the same political views as you, you convey a want to understand their side. If you immediately feel the need to defend and always get your words in you come off as not caring about what the other person is saying or offering. By both sides of any political conversation acknowledging each side has their own beliefs and reasons for those beliefs, the conversation becomes beneficial and a learning experience for both.

  • Makenzie Hill

    Truthfully the biggest issue is just communication and our own arrogance. We all want to be right regardless of the topic. I think the problem with political conversations is that more often than not we are afraid to disagree with the person/people we are speaking to. We do not want to feel like we think the wrong thing, so I have found that we do one of two things.
    One, we lie. We pretend to agree with what the other person is saying even if it goes against our beliefs. I watch it happen all of the time. We would rather lie and keep our friend happy, than say what we think and potentially start another conversation. Which brings me to my second point…
    Two, we don’t know how to disagree and have a positive conversation about it. There is a stigma that disagreeing causes fights or negativity, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We need to learn to respect one another for whatever we may believe in whether that be politics, religion, or even just what topping we like on our pizza. The sooner we figure out how to talk about these hard things in an effective manner, the sooner we can come to peace with where we are in the political world.

  • Mandy Woodward

    From my observations, I believe the biggest challenges impacting political conversations is that people are basing their opinions off of hearsay and are failing to engage in civilized conversations with one another. Social media plays an enormous role in politics these days. Whether it be on twitter, Facebook, or even Instagram, people are freely posting their opinions while acting like they are factual. People fail to recognize that these sites are not always credible, and are still gaining their ideas from whatever is on the internet. They are taking full advantage in hiding behind a computer screen and posting their negative reactions to others post, creating foolish arguments and tension. There are still some that can have political conversations without disrespect, but the majority of the conversations I see have some sort of negative tension attached. We need to refer back to the simple idea that we were taught as kids, “treat others how you want to be treated.” It is okay to stand up for what you believe in, but you should do it in a way that is respectful to towards others.

  • Alaina P Webster

    I think when people go into an argument they don’t realize that they aren’t going to change the other person’s mind. That is why arguments get out of hand, because both sides are trying to convince the other side. Which is not gonna happen. Everybody has opinions and everybody is passionate about their beliefs so there is no point in trying to argue and argue when it is not going to go anywhere. If we just listened to each other and respected the fact that everyone has their own opinions. We assume that any other opinion other than our own is wrong.

  • Carlos Perez

    It was a good speech by Jim and Pat. They are trying to solve some problems in the political environment and share with us some of these these. One of the biggest challenges while giving a political conversation is that “trust” is sometimes difficult to trust any politician.

  • Brenda Martinez

    Continuing with Dr. Jim and Pat about their political affiliations for my concept and answering the question, The challenges that I have been able to see throughout the elections are: professionalization, ethics, transparency, and being a leader in the decisions that are made. they take. The people who elegin to be part of the pilitica must know how to address with others and have clarity of the ideas and proposals they give, as well as being leaders in facing the decisions they adopt and not only provide an idea and do it for fear of that may fail.

  • Alexis Peeper

    Republicans and Democrats see little common ground between the two parties when it comes to issues and ideas. The policy positions of the Republican and Democratic parties are very different, and neither Republicans nor Democrats say the other party has many good ideas.
    In general terms, both Republicans and Democrats agree with their own party’s policies. In-party agreement extends to specific issues, such as policies to deal with the economy, health care and immigration. Therefore, people can not have a civil conversation about politics because everyone is dead set on their views and policies. In today’s society compromising is a thing of the past, people are too power hungry to look at things from different perspectives.

  • Emily Hurt

    I find the biggest challenge impacting political conversation is the creation of sides. Often people view politics as black or white. We have gotten into an environment where we are either for or against issues and if you are not on the same side as someone you are against them. I feel as if this has created the biggest issues in political conversations. Many people are scared to mention their beliefs because they are unsure of how those around them will react. We have allowed our different beliefs to separate us instead of using them to better understand those around you.

  • Paige Warrior

    Most people are unwilling to have civility with those they disagree with politically. What Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap have done, is come together to benefit the community with their bipartisan government relations firm. If most people banded together across all political belief backgrounds, society could see progression within issues such as gun control. A struggle that can be found on both sides within political conversations, is setting aside personal stubbornness and to be able to listen to the opposing side. It is hard for most people to want to converge peacefully with the other side because of their own personal pride.

  • Jared Bross

    Fundamentally that there is a continually compounding issue where both sides feel that both sides are escalating. Verbally there is some truth to that argument. I do not actually know that actively trying to be more civil will actually deescalate the issues, but it would likely be less entertaining on television. Note that I didn’t say good, only that I said entertaining, as in people are clearly paying attention whether it is right or wrong. it’s interesting in some ways that there is clearly more interest in politics despite the violent (figure of speech) disagreements as turnout was higher.

  • Rachel Hunt

    Recently, one of the biggest challenges impacting political conversations is polarizing viewpoints and a lack of civility. People are so willing to express their viewpoints without listening to the opposing opinion. There is not much compromise, and people are not willing to work with anyone whose beliefs are different. This contributes to standstills in Congress and tension amongst the public. When people become so passionate about an idea, they sometimes forget to be respectful in their delivery. Social media, also, contributes to a lack of civility. Because anyone can post whatever they want, there are some people who believe they can say whatever they want. When politicians combine passionate ideas and beliefs with an impolite delivery, political conversations are avoided. There needs to be compromise and understanding in order to lead our country in a successful direction.

  • Sean Miller

    The main thing I was genuinely impressed and motivated by was their acceptance of eachothers differing opinions and ability to let the other speak with little *serious* interruption. Simultaneously, I believe the inability to let the other side speak and share opinions is the inhibitor of a truly unified state. Everyone has a different side, and allowing all options to be displayed on the table before deciding on legislation is extremely important. The problem arises when one party begins stating their side of the problem and the other side completely shuts down with no intention of listening to any views than their own. Jim and Pat demonstrated exactly what a true democracy is and should be – individuals coming together to share their unique viewpoints, with few to no inhibitors of free speech, and though they may disagree, they do so respectfully and only after striving to understand the other person’s intentions and background.

  • Nicholas Sparta

    People have strong opinions about politics and it can be challenging when someone is affected personally by it. It can be a very sensitive subject with people and if you do not have an open mind when conversing than you can cause hostility. It is vital to understand the point of view of others when talking about politics. People have a hard time listening and want to do more talking. Generally speaking, people often fight fire with fire and turn conversation into an argument. In which i think is the hardest challenge when debating and talking politics is the ability to listen to others and keep an open mind.

  • Abdulmalik Shehu

    From my observation, one of the biggest challenges impacting political conversations is the Internet. The political landscape has changed a considerable amount over the most recent few decades. The internet has assumed an extensive job in this change. social media, specifically, is presently a genuine factor in political battles and in the manner in which individuals consider issues.

    Applicants and their supporters continually post their perspectives on Facebook and Twitter. Each gathering has its very own pages, from which it communicates publicity and solicitations for gifts. How about we take a gander at a portion of the main ways that online networking impacts governmental issues today.

  • Dakota Gann

    I would have to say that the biggest issue impacting political conversation is the stark division of parties. The polarization of people into parties never has good effects, especially for communication between the parties. Instead of taking about a worthy candidate’s party, conversation should be geared toward the candidate’s character arability to execute whichever office they may be running for.

  • Gabby Clabes

    Personally, I believe that one of the biggest challenges in political conversations is the personal differences between two people. Most people seem to have their opinion and like to share it with others, but when it comes to listening to others it almost seems as an impossible task. Most people don’t like to stop and listen to an opinion unless it matches up with their own personal opinion. The same concept goes for a college student.. nobody wants to take a class that doesn’t benefit their college degree. It’s a matter of choosing to broaden your horizons. A person that wants to be the best they can be will always choose to be constantly learning instead of settling and believing that they know everything they need to know. A saying that my parents have always told me growing up is “listen to learn”. Listening and taking time to engage in others lives is the key to success.

  • Sophia Cuyo

    What I perceive to be the biggest challenges that impact political conversations are the numerous issues that are currently occurring all throughout the United States. Such issues include the building of the wall in the south against illegal immigrants crossing the border, healthcare/Obamacare, LGBT rights, abortion/planned parenthood, the tariff on imported goods, the legalization of medicinal marijuana, and so many other issues.

  • Personally, I am not interested in political problems. However, due to the fact that absolutism does affect on my major, business, and through the conversation of Jim and Pat, I really want to know more about political issues. From my perspective, the biggest challenges which impact on political conversations would be changing other person’s mind and verbal attacks with judgment. Sometimes, you may find differences and incompatible perspectives in political conversations. It is important for you to not have validation with someone else’s content that is inconsistent with your values, but you do need to at least validate their ability to share their feelings and willingness to be open-minded. That is how I think we can move a conversation forward if it ends up that you do not agree with their opinions. Especially, political problems are very sensitive and hot brain.

  • Phoebe Barnes

    With the recent midterm elections and political conversations, discuss what you perceive to be the biggest challenges impacting political conversations.

    The biggest challenge I have faced with political conversations is how quick people are to label each other and force one another to pick sides. I feel in this day and age many people believe,” If you are not on my side you are the enemy”. I believe many of our politicians are like this as well, whether it is to please the people they represent or if it’s their own personal belief, I do not know. Either way, often times it is hard to have civil discussion. I enjoy learning about people’s perspectives and am always ready to be possibly educated, sadly many others I have faced are not. Many times if I tell them that I am independent but lean a little more democratic they immediately I am against them completely (if a republican) or am not democratic enough (if a democrat). The division between our nation via political parties is a big reason to me that we have so many problems with very little progress.

  • Haleigh Himes

    The biggest challenges I find impacting political conversations is people’s inability to listen, express civility, and find common ground. As we have been reminded as a nation time and time again, divided we fall, united we stand. It is crucial that we find ways to unite with others of opposing views in order to gain better understanding of our own beliefs and beliefs of other parties, as well as have more professional conversations. The tactics I’ve seen imposed in conversations is either “us vs. them,” or “right vs. wrong,” which tends to put those involved in a position of defense. If we can approach conversations with an open mind and steer clear of the above mentioned tactics, there will be less barriers.

  • James Limbaugh

    In recent history, discussing politics has become somewhat of a challenge. People have always disagreed on a multitude of things but the way we treat other with differing opinions has changed. Todays politics is polarized and people approach it with an “us versus them” mentality. If America hopes to continue to succeed, we must move united. We must realize and never forget that we are not republicans or democrats, but we are Americans above all. This tribalism mentality is the biggest challenging political conversations.

  • madison walker

    With the recent midterm elections and political conversations, I believe the biggest challenges impacting our conversations are sensitivity to everyones opinions and beliefs. I believe that there are a lot of people who simply cannot have a civil conversation without feeling the need to get their feelings hurt because someone believes one way. Pat and Jim showed that you can easily get along with each other, even if you show vast differences. But in today’s society I think we have become too sensitive to expressing opinions, and it causes all hell to break loose if we meet someone who doesn’t believe the same as we do or vice versa. We are starting to take everything a little too seriously, I am scared to voice my opinion just because I believe I would automatically be considered something that I am not. I see people protesting (not peacefully) about free speech, and women’s rights, and I am honestly ashamed of what the word “woman” has become. If I were to voice my opinions as these protests and campaigns say to do, I feel as though I would instantly be put down, since I am a conservative christian. I could go on about many topics but this is what first came to mind about the biggest challenges in political conversations.

  • Jaxon Missey

    I think the biggest challenges in today’s political climate arise from partisan extremism and closed minded discourse. In our political spectrum we see an institutionalized leftist rhetoric that often times discourages free speech and civil debate. Along with this, we see a counter and equally detrimental “right wing” or “alternative right” response. The partisan extremism is so hateful and unproductive, I believe it discourages the vast majority of moderate and willing people from actually creating meaningful change. I think a major contributing issue is the emphasis on being so politically correct, matched with the ignorant and often childish rhetoric that is the counter culture of political correctness. For example; ideals like microagression, free speech zones, speech is violence, and others only contribute to an isolated culture that discourages civil conversation. These things are matched with a blundering and often disrespectful rhetoric seen in our President’s tweets and several other political movements. In my opinion, I believe partisan extremism does nothing but create issues for our nation. I understand identifying with a certain party or group to express and advocate for a political cause; but there is no reason to make politics about destroying the other side instead of finding compromise with a differing point of view. One way to fix this political divide would be to quit treating a disagreement about policy or political ideas as an attack on the very person. There is a distinct difference in disagreement on policy and an attack on someones very being. Although politics by nature is a controversial, I think the civility and respect has been lost to ignorance and emotional fueled banter that has done nothing but create hate with no end in sight.

  • Jimmey Brown

    When it comes down to political conversation, I believe each political parties try their best to focus on the issues that matters most. My top challenges include: Education, Budgeting, and Healthcare. The issues of education can be controversial because of the socioeconomics status related to race, gender, and ethnicity.
    Many times people believe this stops the upward mobility of the low-income families from succeeding . Budgeting is another issues because it involves interest groups, legislators, and public officials etc. At times It’s difficult finding a common ground without cutting health and education because know one wants to compromise for the greater good. Finally, Health care because some voters are concerned in repealing and replacing Affordable Act while other voters are concerned with expanding access to healthcare and either way it affects resident, and family on a daily basis.

  • Sage Kroeker

    In my opinion, the biggest challenge impacting political conversations is closed-mindedness. Jim and Pat showed us that it is possible to work with, even get along with, people that believe differently than you. However, a closed-minded person would make that very difficult. Though it is good to know what you believe and why you believe it, it is also vital to be able to respect others’ opinions. Without this skill, maintaining relationships could be difficult- especially in a politically-charged time like today. The ability to be open-minded to people’s perspectives is crucial to having relationships, and therefore being a leader.

  • The biggest challenges that affect political conversations are Confidence among politicians, defending their beliefs and fucking view.
    There are many challenges that affect political conversations, many of them have come to confront by defending their beliefs and their reputation.

  • If there someone who asked me about political conversation, really, I do not know how answer this question. I believe this is a delicate topic, but I think that the biggest challenges impacting political conversations is the different point of view that they have when the politicians talking about some topic especially when they have political forums or when they do interviews in any television channel. The economy is one of the topic more controversial among political people. Finally, other of the challenge for me is equity. Definity this topic is very huge and very interesting that it leave thinking more and more and maybe in the future we can know more about this reality.

  • Abigail J Spiers

    I think the biggest challenge going on in political conversations today is the ability to create peace between the two parties. People will always have their own opinions and most likely won’t change them. In order to create peace within our divided state and country, people will have to start agreeing to disagree with opposing arguments. With the recent election, many people are disappointed with the outcome. Instead of trying to make the outcome positive for the state, they create drama. These arguments, whether it’s on social media or in person, will not fix anything now. Hopefully, people will start spreading positivity and unity, even if they disagree with the outcome of events.

  • Angelina Sibimon

    In my opinion, the biggest challenge impacting political conversations is simply just bringing the different political affiliations together. Jim and Pat have showed such a great example of how coming together is possible. Even though they aligned with different political affiliations, they still show respect for each other and their opinions.

  • Elizabeth Plunkett

    I believe the greatest challenge when it comes to speaking about politics is having to listen to people with other opinions than you. The times I have experienced talking political, the other person has thought that their opinion is the only right answer and would not listen to what I had to say about my opinion. I know everybody is allowed to have their own opinion, but I also believe in hearing each opinion before creating your own. For example, I am Republican but I also agree with many things the other parties do because I actually give them a chance to explain. However, other people do not use the same technique to decide as I do, and it’s either they are right or they won’t speak to me at all. Therefore, I believe the greatest challenge is trying to speak with people with different opinions.

  • Keisy Quiel

    Jim and Pam’s speech was interesting because we can know more about politics, devotion to the work, and civility. I an international student; therefore do not know too much about this elections; however I researched and ask people who voted about it. One point that I think that is so important is the issue may well be the way State legislatures have gerrymandered districts which allows them to control election results even when they do not have the majority of registered voters in many states.

  • Caleb Armer

    I believe the biggest challenge in political conversations is that people want to represent their affiliation regardless if they believe in it. Individuals will argue with the opposite affiliation even if they don’t believe it instead of doing what they truly believe is the right thing and this affects outcomes all the time. If the titles didn’t exist then we would most likely not get some of the same outcomes that we have gotten in the past. I believe if most people did what they thought was right then unnecessary arguments would not happen as often in politics.

  • Brevin Senner

    In my opinion, one of the biggest challenges that we will face not only in the political conversation, but also in our everyday lives, is the ability to accept another persons views. I really do not think this will be possible in our lifetime unfortunately. With our world having so many debates about so many different topics, I think it is just too complicated to agree on one thing within these arguments. In our world there are always those people who have to disagree with you just for that simple reason to disagree, nothing more. We also have people in our world who always have a valid argument to whatever people are saying. Take this example; The Office is a very popular t.v. series and has many likable characters. One of these characters named Oscar Martinez always has to give his point of view of what his fact is. Oscar would have the nickname of “actually” because that is how he would always start his sentence when he would argue with people. Many people are like this in today’s world and it is something that can be overcame, but will take lots of work.

  • conor wyer

    Discussions regarding different political affiliations are becoming increasingly challenging in todays society. As a nation, we have divided our political parties until we can not come to a united front. The biggest challenge is the media and social media constantly fighting where people with different views cannot have constructive discussions. The party of the president tends to lose ground during mid-term elections. Voters are electing US senators and US house of representatives. This mid-term election was more about the party than the right person for the job. The challenge is being able to form an educated decision regardless of party, however the media, social media and negative battle among the parties running it is almost impossible to communicate effectively with people who have different political affiliations.

  • Cynthia Gallardo

    My history professor stresses that we are not more divided today than in other point in history; she made me rethink what I perceive the biggest challenge that is impacting political conversations. I believe the biggest challenge in political conversations is having to decipher what is factual and what is not. With the internet, everyone has more access to information than before, which is a great thing, but it does make misinformation an even bigger problem. I am guilty of using information to defend a position but then finding out that it was wrong information. It is embarrassing, but it made me realize how prevalent this issue is today. The issue is not only that wrong information is out there, but that so many people share it unknowingly. The internet gives everyone a voice (which again, is not a bad thing), but not every voice is double checking their post for factual errors. They get it from someone else and assume it is true. Another big challenge in political conversations today is a misunderstanding of how politics affects one another. There are some people who view politics as a casual hobby or conversation, who do not feel that their lives are impacted drastically by political issues. Then, there are others who view politics as a necessity to fight for their better livelihood, who view political conversations as very serious conversations. This is a problem, because instead of focusing on the specific issue, both are frustrating at the other for caring too much or caring too little. I feel that this is a cause for this “block” that stops the conversation from progressing further.

  • I think one of the toughest things is finding that common ground to agree upon on. Many people want to debate, rather than understand and hear the other side out. I think the toughest part of any debate is getting the other side to see your points of view and rethink their points of view. This just comes with experience and understanding that feelings and politics are two different things.

  • Lincoln Lehew

    I believe that one reason why there is a difficult challenge in politics is, people really don’t expand their education on the other party. If a person in a specific party hears their candidate speak bad about a proposal from the other the candidate will listen to their representative. They don’t take the time to look into what the other representative has to offer and how it will affect everyone not just the other party. So many people these days are strongly opinionated, which is not a bad thing, but they are opinionated in a selfish way. So many people in politics want what they want, they don’t look into what the representative has to offer to the whole community.

  • Austin Markham

    My biggest challenge is at the end of the conversation, staying respectful. Everyone has their own opinions and they carry these opions with them for a reason, they believe they are correct. Everyone has this right, there is always two sides to a story. It was very inspiring to see two lobbyists talk about politics from opposing sides and remain orofessional and respectul, they were even friends. That is the right way to handle politics and I check myself when talking about politics but I still want my opinion to be heard. This is also why we vote, like they said at the end “Dont complain if you dont vote”!

  • Riley Jensen

    I think the largest disfunction in political conversation these days is the ability to listen to an opinion without necessarily reacting. I see it every day, especially on social media, that people can’t just scroll past an opinion thy disagree with. It’s one thing to contribute productive conversation or discourse, but it’s another to shout accusations or assume the worst of another person. People have lost the ability to look past their opinions or experiences to consider one that may not be “wrong”, but just different.

  • Jacqueline Cabrera

    I believe the biggest challenges impacting political conversations are that not most people can align with different political affiliations and demonstrate civility like Jim and Pat did. Most challenges occur because we tend to dive into things head on first without creating a foundation first. Political conversations require optimism and that’s the way people come to a conclusion. When you’re involved in politics you always have to be aware of what you’re saying and try to assure that people won’t perceive something in the way you didn’t mean it so it won’t affect your following. It’s a sort of restraint that I believe challenges every situation.

  • Karol Montoya

    I feel as though one of the biggest challenges involved in political conversations are how people express what is right or wrong, Obviously everyone wants to be right, but that does not mean attacking each other when you are trying to tell why your side is the correct one. Also, people tend to be really adamant in their beliefs and refuse to open up to hear the other’s justification on the said subject, and that causes more conflict. That is why it is such a touchy subject when it should not be. Politics are very important in life since the government is the center for several things that happen in a country. The words that we are doing in leadership are showing/teaching us again the skills that make a great leader, and the world of politics should re-evaluate them too.

  • What I believe the problem is with political conversations is people having respect for others opinions. You have to understand that not everyone is going to think the same way as yourself. That is also what truly makes you a leader, you listen to others and take their opinion and create a better atmosphere for others. If everyone could respect one another and understand this, political parties would be more under control and less a war but more a democracy.

  • Keondra Whisenhunt

    Politics is a hot topic, especially since our most recent presidential election. Politics has become an issue of which side do you affiliate with instead of what ideas or morals do you support. I am not a fan of discussing politics because people are quick to get defensive and not truly listen to what others believe. In the end “discussions” about politics turn into arguments because one side believe they are more right than the other. Now with the influence of social media the idea of politics has been put front and center. One of the many major issues with politics impacting the media so greatly is that everyone is quick to share their views without having all the facts. I would be lying if I did not acknowledge that I also have been a victim of sharing without knowing all sides. Now that I am older and have more of a role in the governing of this country, I have become more conscientious of what I am sharing that involves politics. In the end there are always going to be people or groups that are stuck in their ways and believe that one way is correct over another, so the best course of action is to let those people be and try and change the younger generations to be open minded instead of being on one side or another. Also, be willing to accept that everyone will not agree with you, and there is no point in arguing to get no where. The saying to sum all it up is “agree to disagree.”

  • Sheila Claunch

    I feel like the biggest challenges impacting political conversations are a lack of respect and understanding by both sides. I first feel that within politics we have lost our basic respect for others. Many people feel that if you don’t believe the same things as them, that you are automatically wrong. This is a major problem because we all need to realize that everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, no matter what it is, and that we should not judge anyone for those opinions or beliefs. Rather, we should try to understand where the other person is coming from. This is the second problem impacting political conversations because nobody wants to take the time to listen to the other side and try to understand how and why they believe what they believe. They just want to assume that the other person is wrong instead of being understanding. Both of these things cause a major separation between the political parties and people in general, when they should not be a problem at all.

  • Samir Pitty

    The main challenges facing politics are mainly lack of civility and credibility. In many countries there are currently problems genreally in your economic system. The lack of credibility has diminished the integrity of the policy, as is the case of my country Panama. A country with a great economy but little by little is affected by the bad administration of the government as it is the case in many other Latin American countries. Political conversations are also affected by the different points of view of each person and in many cases a concrete and fair agreement is not reached. Dialogue is the key to obtaining a good agreement, regardless of whether there is disagreement, each one must take into account the benefit that the community obtains because this is the basis of every society.

  • Molly Booth

    The biggest challenge I see, is the stigma of the relationship between the government, nation, state,or local, and the people being governed. There is often a general assumption that the people in office are only out to do what’s best for them, personally and monetarily. However, we have to realize that there are so many more complications to things we see as so simple. Being there, in the thick of it, is so different from the outside perspective. There are many people in office that are trying their very best to achieve what the people who elected them are asking for. Still, it takes a lot of compromise and time to get there.
    We, the citizens, need to support our elected officials, make your voices heard without degrading the representatives. So many assume that the government is “out to get them” and is a big scam against the middle and lower class. However, if the citizens and officials would work more closely and are each able to explain their view, I believe, much of the hostility would dissolve and we would be able to talk and listen, on both sides. Therefore, achieving much more in office. We need to disrupt the condemnation of government.

  • Politics can really destroy individual relationships if you’re not careful. Finding ways to combat opinions and standing up for what you believe in can be hard at times. I think no matter what party you’re in that you should respectfully understand both sides to every argument. At the end of the day, no one should hate someone for what they think is best for that situation. We as a country have separated from each other because political parties fight against each other so the people turn on each other. No matter what happens after elections, we have to accept the fact that who is elected him/her will do a great job. We can’t continue to tear people down, that gets us no where. We need to hope whoever is elected that they do the best job possible.

  • Oscar Zepeda

    I personally am not knowledgeable with politics. It is an object that I have rarely applied myself in and haven’t reached out to learn about it either. Because It is something I do not have much knowledge in, it is something that I unable to share with you. I understand that It is something important that I should be informed in but I am unsure about many topics about politics. Realizing that, it is something important for my life and I hope to find something that will be able to help me learn more about politics. I hope to be more aware of the political conversations going on in the near future. One thing I definitely took away from our guest speakers recently, was that even if you have different beliefs with someone else, you can always find away to learn, build, and grow together.

  • Katie Edmonson

    What should be driving political conversation is going by the facts. In Oklahoma specifically we struggle a lot with straight party voting because a lot of voters not understanding that you’re allowed to vote for someone not in their party. The recent election showed that over 40% of voters just voted straight party. Not to mention the embarrassment of Garfield County that suffered from the epidemic of the MUMPS. It was ironic because their county held the majority of votes for Kevin Stitt. Which I believe is due to lack of education in Garfield county, and them not being aware of scientific facts about vaccinations. With the way Oklahoma education is ranked 50th in the nation how do expect our people to educated enough to vote for the right people to help out with Crisis that is Oklahoma government is.

  • Baylee Schmidlkofer

    In our country today, I feel like people are so wiling to not listen to different perspectives and opinions when it comes to politics. To me the largest challenge today is being able to have a political conversation without it making someone mad or sparking unnecessary debate. I want to be able to discuss an issue I see within our nation and not have to defend my views. I was raised to respect other opinions, whether I agreed with it or not. Now I feel like it is harder to make a conversation politically. I almost expect an opposing viewpoint, but that is okay. Luckily we live in a nation that will allow these political discussions (negative or positive) whenever we want. That’s the beauty of the First Amendment.

  • Blake Hauenstein

    The largest challenge toward political conversations in my opinion would be how large the gap between each party has become. Everything has become polarized lately; which, leaves out the entire middle ground. The middle ground, of course, having the largest and most imperative opinion. Without people in the middle to be the bridge between both sides, we do not have the same peaceful agreement and bipartisanship that we have had in the past. It’s without that bipartisanship that things have begun to become stale, radical and frightening. However, I believe in democracy and that the midterms shall bring about a congress that will be forced to be more bipartisan in the near future. This, of course, leading to agreement and cohesion in the nation.

    The challenge that we face is in the fact that we have become this polarized and separated when what we really need to be doing is coming together as a country. Not just as a country, as a state, so that we can start fixing the problems that have been created by the lackluster administrations of the late past. It’s when we come together and start fixing these issues under a great and wise leader that we can truly call ourselves the United States of America.

  • Kallie Daniel

    I believe that the biggest challenge with political conversations is when a person can not see both sides. I do not think that one person has all the right answers, granted some think they do… It is important to step back and examine the other persons ideas. Why do they believe this way? It is a really important question to ask yourself when in a political conversation. Many times they have walked through something that you have not or vise versa. They understand something on a more personal level, while you may have read three online articles over the topic. I think this reflects back to listening to another persons ideas and understanding where they are coming from.

  • Drew Rosko

    The biggest challenge that impact political conversations are opinions being closed minded to their own opinion. Many people tend to listen to only what they want to hear or what they believe in and fail to learn anything about the truth. If we shift our focus and actually attempt to go more off of fact based evidence and listen to what others have to say, we could easily grow and develops each of our prospective communities by electing the proper people into office, passing the right laws, etc.

  • Breely Frasco

    The most prominent issue in the sphere of political conversations centers primarily around the lack of education concerning the process of government at large. This argument has little to do with the education system in schools, but rather the general knowledge of American voters. Often times, I see rants on social media about elected officials and confusion concerning state and federal budget, power of governors, etc. This confusion can be cleared up if Americans are informed properly about the system of government. Promoted videos or diagrams from reliable social media sources can be implemented on the timelines of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, since these social media outlets are visited more frequently than reliable websites that are informative about the system of government.