A response to the abysmal approval rating of Congress and widespread discontent of “We the People”, Democracy on Trial is a program started last year which seeks to promote a greater moral and rational perspective in the consideration of political and social issues. We held debate events last year addressing the role of government and gun control and we are now in planning mode for events to be held in the spring. One big difference in structure will be that going forward the debate will be argued by participants representing universities, either students or alumni, and the schools represented this spring are The University of Pennsylvania and Temple.
The program is currently modeled metaphorically like a courtroom where our moderator functions as judge, the audience jury and debaters the attorneys. The goal of the process is to engender a better likelihood of resolution for the issue at hand by providing the audience\jury with a more enlightened understanding of the key concerns driving any issue.
We would like your help in assisting us to refine the DOT methodology and process so that the goal of a greater likelihood of resolution is more achievable.