C-SpanPosted: November 11, 2013
One of my favorite TV channels is C-Span.
Why? Because C-Span brings me as close to federal government leadership as I can get without following them around in person, which might lead to some form of restraining order–especially if I shouted some of the thoughts that go through my mind.
And I prefer to generate my opinions of people not based on what others say about them but on what they say themselves.
This leads to surprises for me. I end up occasionally surprisingly impressed with people with whom–at least on paper–I should disagree. But I come to respect their reasoning and approach after listening to them. Dianne Feinstein (Democratic Senator from California) is one name who comes to mind. I also end up unimpressed with people with whom–at least on paper–I should agree. A Texas Congressman comes to mind, although his name slips my recall.
I think more C-Span viewing would result in more informed voting. The technology allows us greater access to the thoughts and reasoning process of those who govern.
So my advice is this: The next time you and your significant other can’t find suitable television, sidle up and suggest some C-Span. If the viewing goes south, you can blame it on me. And if it results in greater comity in your relationship, all the better!