PROOF: Civil discourse with Hollywood exists on Twitter! You can do it too…

SarahKSilverman, Tweet
SarahKSilverman, Tweet

It has been a crazy ride on Twitter since I joined prior the Republican Presidential primary election. I have learned a lot interacting with people from all walks of life. And I have learned there is a difference between writing an article and debating.

Because I lived in the Holy Land and wasn’t afraid to speak my mind, I was asked to write about current events. I was blessed with more writing opportunities down the road, not only to write about Israel, but my thoughts and feelings as a conservative American.

I have met some wonderful people on social media, specifically conservatives. Along came the election. Being part of this election, in a way, prepared my mind like I was going to war battling for the top prize, the President of the United States.

Thank God Donald Trump was elected. You’d think the insanity of social media would cease after that. Nope. It just got more intense. We as a whole, whether Republican, Democrat, Conservative, or Liberal, got to a point where no one even wanted to hear from the other person’s point of view. Everything was an attack.

But having dialogue makes a huge difference, moreso than having the “trophy” of being blocked by the opposition. This revelation occurred with me when I recently debated Sarah Silverman. She is one of the most outspoken liberals and an anti-Trump celebrity who had the nerve to call President Trump Hitler and a Nazi. Obviously, if you go outside the box of fake news MSNBC and CNN, and do some research, you’ll find that that’s not the case.

Recently, Twitter has been removing the verified blue check marks from various user accounts, mostly from white conservatives.

Being facetious, I used a picture of Sarah Silverman dressed like a Nazi and Stephen Colbert using the Nazi salute to show Twitter’s double standard. Sarah quoted my tweet and said her skit was satire. I realized she was correct, apologized, and deleted the tweet.

Even though it was satire, I still didn’t approve of it, and I quoted her saying I would like to discuss this issue with you. Believe it or not, it was a decent chat. No insults. No yelling or screaming. Just two Americans from different sides of the spectrum talking about our President. And we ended it quite nicely.

Even though there was no judge or referee, you can easily tell who won the debate (wink, wink!) I did ask her to follow me on Twitter so she could get to know more conservatives and hear our voices about why we think President Trump is a good president and about life in general. I hope she will, though I don’t expect her too.

But I would like to take this time to thank Sarah for a decent debate, and I encourage everyone to apply this tactic of consideration for others. You may be amazed how it turns out.

Click on the image to catch the rest of the debate on Twitter. And remember, people from opposite political backgrounds can get along and have a civil debate. Now, go give it a try!

David Weissman was born in Queens, NY and served 13 years in the U.S. Army as a chaplain assistant, including two deployments to Afghanistan. Upon being honorably discharged he made the Jewish right of return (Aliyah) and moved to the city of Ashkelon in Israel where he experienced the war with Hamas in the summer of 2014. David is now a freelance writer living in the city of Efrat in the Jerusalem district.