Our Broken America
The Essential American
What's Happening To Us and Our Nation?
My goal is to get you interested, involved and thinking about our great nation, and to help find common ground in opposing points of view. We are blessed to live in a democratic republic. The value of this system of government lies in the fact that it seeks to answer sometimes thorny questions only after debate, argument and understanding of the available options. There is value in ensuring that people representing all points of view can participate in the process. If one person could satisfactorily resolve all matters by himself or herself, then dictatorships would work. They don’t.
If there is no debate, no interaction with those who disagree, then there is rarely an opportunity for reflection, learning and improvement.
If one side’s proponents cannot articulate why their proposed solution is better, then they need to learn how to communicate more effectively. It does not work to scream louder; that requires listening and seeking to reach common ground.
That also means that our system of government is inherently messier than others’. In a desire to make progress faster, easier or more controllable, opposing sides often attempt to lead through coercion, force, or an unwillingness to listen to others. The process, the means, is important in and of itself. With messy debate come widespread participation and trust in the system.
We need to listen carefully to people with whom we may disagree and then base our reactions not so much on our emotions as on a thoughtful analysis of what they are saying.
Connector, Creator, Wife, Mom, Marathoner
I love to learn, to connect and to help people and have been seeking to do so all my adult life. I have written a weekly syndicated column for over a decade, and authored two books. While others might shrink from tough questions on live TV, I love them! I am married to the nicest guy in the world (just ask anyone who knows him). We are blessed to have two children, two dogs, and a cat that sleeps at (and sometimes on) my feet. I am also a strategy and message consultant. Read More
I was born in New Orleans, where my father, Newt Gingrich, was studying at Tulane University, but I grew up in Carrollton, Georgia, a town of about 26,000 residents an hour west of Atlanta. It was there that my dad embarked on the political career that ultimately led him to become speaker of the House; my mother, Jackie Battley, was beginning what became her lifelong career — teaching high school math. Read More