Kearns Goodwin: Teddy Roosevelt Warned If We Began To See Each Other as the Other That’s When Democracy Would Flounder

‘When people go out for dinner, people on both sides of the aisle have to be able to call out their own supporters from doing’

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GOODWIN: “See it on television and go into bars and won’t put politics on in the bars because they know it’s going to produce problems among the people. But then when people go out for dinner, people on both sides of the aisle have to be able to call out their own supporters from doing. This there is a sense in which I worry very much now, even though I’m generally an optimist about all of this. And I know we have been through worse times before. Teddy Roosevelt warned if we began to see each other as the other instead of common regions or different parties or religions or races then that’s when democracy would founder.”

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