Pick Two People at Random — One Red, One Blue.
The way to start is to pick, as randomly as you can, two people you can identify as having conflicting political perspectives – one conservative and one liberal. Ask them to join you for an hour to engage in a simple experiment to save democracy.
(Ironically, “saving” American democracy is the only common ground many liberals and conservatives share, although their prescriptions for doing so vary widely.)
Ask them to help identify a third person, sort of in the middle, neither fiercely ideological nor deeply engaged. Invite that person to join your experiment.
After that, get all the parties to agree to forget the political labels as you begin to have a real conversation about several questions you hope to discuss calmly and quietly.
The questions are:
Masks do a mediocre job of protecting you from disease but are quite effective at stopping a sick person from spreading an infection to others. Why are so many people resistant to wearing them?
Does the American political system protect your rights and privileges, or is it designed to benefit others? Why?
When you discuss these questions be sure to get each person speak at least once.
Your job as the promoter of this process is to try, as best you can, to keep things moving and on track.
You should NOT provoke controversy, but you should promote candor.
Not every meeting will be earth-shattering, but you may learn some interesting things.
And lastly, hopefully, you will send me some feedback on what take away you find?