Braver Angels leaders John Wood, Jr. (red) and Ciaran O’Connor (blue) come together for a wide-ranging debate on the most critical issues animating the 2022 midterm elections, including the economy, abortion, and the future of American democracy. Throughout the discussion, John and Ciaran demonstrate how to embrace humility in the pursuit of deeper truth.
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5 thoughts on “The 2022 Midterms: A Humble Debate | Ciaran O’Connor and John Wood, Jr.”
Ciaran and John should flip a coin to determine which one gets President and which VP! What a sterling example of Red/Blue conversation (it wasn’t a debate). The issue for the country: is such a conversation possible between people who are not so marvelously articulate and abundantly prepared?
It was very uplifting to see/hear your openness to opinions that are not in alignment with your deepest feelings/thoughts toward the issues. It gives me hope – more hope – for America.
Wood justifies the assault on womens rights. Turns himself into a pretzel to make this grotesque usurpation of power by a crony court seem ok. He’s disgusting. I hate conservatives for this reason. They want “contextualism” to only support their EXTREME and MINORITY views. And please understand that I am a very kind, hard working, responsible, empathetic, reasonable person. So don’t try to paint me as some radical, hating liberal. That’s a total cop out. What we would expect from psycho, tyrannical conservatives. Punch me in the face, and then blame my face for getting in the way of your hand.
If you don’t know anything, why am I listening to you? Stay out of my womb and those of my nieces. There is no greater economic reality than raising a child. If you are not prepared to SUPPORT that unborn life – like they do in Scandinavia – then back the f off.
I seek out videos featuring John especially because he is so thoughtful in elucidating the conservative way of thinking without the hype and rancor. And Ciara’s is always good at acknowledging what is true and useable in the other’s opinion even if he believes another way. Let’s have more of these discussions! I highly recommend them as models for us all.