For the Love of Debate: Why I Write for The Cardinal Principle

By Olivia Haas

In an age where political fanatics bite their opponents’ fingers off (literally: a 65-year-old man at a Los Angeles rally supporting President Obama’s embattled reform ideas had a finger bitten off during a scuffle with anti-reform protesters), I find it particularly important to foster environments in which healthy, safe political debate can occur, which is why I write for The Cardinal Principle. Rarely do I agree with the opinions expressed in other articles printed in this paper; in fact, I frequently find their content appalling. However, if I let apathy and an insane schedule keep me from responding with my own opinions, the dark side wins! Just kidding. In all seriousness, though, I’d rather that any heated debate I engage in take place on paper, where my fingers are safe from the mouths (and teeth) of my opponent. Furthermore, there is much to be said in listening to dissenting arguments, as doing so challenges me to strengthen my own convictions.

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