“A Democrat and Republican Talk #1: Building Trust/ Finding Common Ground”
Tune in to “Be Bold America!” Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 5:00pm
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln
Are we destroying ourselves? Our democratic republic is not sustainable when one American is demonized against another. There are powerful political, religious, corporate, and ideological forces that increase their money and power from the conflict, and it is not the average citizen.
This show will be the first of several discussions between a life-long Republican and a life-long Democrat that both share at least one paramount viewpoint, which is that our democracy will not survive if we don’t stop tearing ourselves apart from the inside-out. We are embroiled in multiple crises that demand all of us, no matter what political party, to solve. Our goal is to model how two people, with different points of view, might be able to bridge the political divide to reimagine unity.
These discussions will be moderated by Andrew Hanauer, President and CEO of the One America Movement (oneamericamovement.org), who will guide these discussions to ensure they are productive, build trust, and find common ground. He will also explain the neuroscience behind why Americans are divided.
Kristen Collishaw is the Chair of the Santa Cruz County Republican Party and has lived in Santa Cruz County for 18 years where she and her husband raised three children. She was brought up in a household where politics and local issues were often discussed, and differing opinions encouraged and respected. Knowing that understanding both sides of an issue were important for a successful country, kept the conversations lively and interesting. A strong belief in America and all the opportunities that are part of this country have led her to be a lifelong conservative.
Andrew Hanauer is the President and CEO of the One America Movement, an organization founded by faith and community leaders to address divisiveness in American society. Under Andrew’s leadership, One America has launched projects that bring Americans together across religious, racial, and political divides to address race relations, opioids, poverty and homelessness and many other issues through One America chapters across the country.