Editor's Note: The following was submitted by the League of Women Voters North County San Diego. Please note that the Sept. 6 event will be at Mira Costa College's San Elijo campus in Encinitas—and the Sept. 7 event will be at the campus in Oceanside.
To address the polarization of Americans who are shouting at each other instead of listening to each other to find solutions to the country's serious problems, the League of Women Voters North County San Diego is partnering with MiraCosta College to host a two-day free community event on Sept. 6 and 7, 2012, titled Democracy in the Balance? Getting Beyond the Shouting.
The event will showcase a soon-to-be-released documentary film, Patriocracy, which brings an all-star cast of senators, congressmen and women, top Washington journalists, pundits and academia to the screen, giving their candid and comprehensive insights into the factors behind extreme polarization.
The keynote speaker of this two-day event, and one of the “stars” of the film, will be former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-Okla). Edwards, fresh from the Republican National Convention in Tampa the week before, will give his remarks on Thursday evening at the San Elijo campus. Edwards’ participation will be enlightening, as well as timely. In addition, his new book, The Parties vs. the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans is being released just prior to his arrival here and will be available for purchase and signing.