Making America Great Again
As Americans prepare to vote after perhaps the wildest presidential campaign in history, we present a Munk Debate from earlier this fall. The resolution: "Be it resolved, Donald Trump can make America great again." Arguing in favour, politician Newt Gingrich and talk-show host Laura Ingraham. Their opponents, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and former governor Jennifer Granholm.
In a presidential campaign rife with controversy and turmoil, and dominated by out-sized personalities and threats and distrust, it's hard to focus on the larger issues. Inflammatory headlines have over-shadowed deeper thought. The most recent Munk Debate provided a glimpse into the very unsettled state of mind in the United States.
It was staged at the end of September, before the subsequent weeks of controversy, and the other presidential debates, and campaigning by both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. You can see the entire debate on the Munk Debates website.
"When you talk about honesty and dishonesty, Donald Trump has changed his opinion about as often as Hillary Clinton has changed her explanation of her emails." -- Newt Gingrich
"It really is a choice between authoritarian populism or reform populism, and that's what we face right now in the United States." -- Robert Reich
"He has the courage to be called every name in the book and still hold on to the idea that what's happened over the last couple of decades has been maybe great intentions but it just hasn't worked for the average person." -- Laura Ingraham
"This is somebody.... whose limos drive on roads paid for by federal taxes but who cannot himself see fit to contribute in any way to the commons" -- Jennifer Granholm
Debating for the Resolution:
- Newt Gingrich is a former Republican Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, a political consultant, businessman, and the author of 27 books, both non-fiction and fiction.
- Laura Ingraham is the host of the syndicated talk radio show The Laura Ingraham Show, which airs in 225 markets in the United States. She is a regular contributor on Fox News Channel, and creator and editor of a news website for conservatives and independents.
Debating against the Resolution:
- Robert Reich was Secretary of Labour under Bill Clinton, and also served on President Obama's economic transition advisory board. He is now professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of 15 books. He also makes documentary films.
- Jennifer Granholm was a two-term Democratic governor of Michigan, and while governor, championed clean energy policies She is on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught law and public policy.