To demonstrate that America is never too polarized to engage in discourse, to showcase valid ideas from both sides of the aisle, and to prove that even the most different of political minds can treat one another with respect.
Meet the Hosts
@DebateLeftMike / firstname.lastname@example.org
"Left Mike" graduated high school in Toronto, Canada in 2004. He then moved to Florida for college, graduating from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Finance. He has informally studied politics and philosophy since seeing the false narratives that were widely believed under the Bush administration, and continue today. A far left progressive, he subscribes to the ideas of those like Chomsky and Robert Reich, and greatly values those in the financial elite that warn of a toxic level of greed being sold as good policy (Buffett, Hanaeur). Stemming from his formal education, his single greatest concern with right wing policy is that it is driving America over the brink of failure as late stage capitalism consumes what's left of the middle class.
Left Mike voted for Obama twice (once excitedly, once flatly), supported Bernie Sanders in the last election (largely based upon matters of Finance and the economy), eventually voting for Hillary Clinton while calling her "the worst politician of a generation."
@DebateRightMike / email@example.com
"Right Mike" graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2010 where he earned a B.S.B.A in Finance and commissioned as an Army Officer. Since taking Econ 101 his freshman year of college he has studied economics, philosophy, and politics extensively, drawing the most inspiration from Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell. He believes in limited government and identifies as a classical liberal or libertarian, but in today’s political climate the far left interpretation of that is Nazi. Although he is very socially liberal and fiscally conservative, he rarely finds any common ground with the far left, who seem to believe equality of outcome is a moral ideal to be enforced by the state at any cost.
Right Mike voted for Barack Hussein Obama in 2008, Romney in 2012, and for Trump in 2016. He became much more politically outspoken during the 2016 presidential election, when he felt Hilary Clinton was the worst candidate in history and most of the objections to Trump were not based on facts. He has mixed feelings on the Trump presidency so far but stands by him as a much better option than the Clinton dynasty.
A Love Story
It was a chance encounter on Halloween in 2014 that would eventually inspire this show. From strangers to friends, colleagues, roommates and co-hosts. Often engaged in discussions in politics, philosophy, or any topic that came up, they found a rare respect for someone on the other side of the aisle, enjoying an honest fact based debate on just about any issue. With that mutual respect, and the desire to see more people engaged is such conversations, they bring you the Left Mike Right Mike Show.