What is a political debate? It is a way for different opponents to argue their point of view with the intention of converting the listener or reader to their opinion. There are various types of debates depending on the occasion. You will have televised events when it involves a major electoral decision such as the presidential election. You can have local debates when it involves a seat in Congress. The winner of the debate will be dictated by a voting poll or in some cases a judge. Debates are very common in all democracies, not just the USA, as a part of the process used to elect the government.
You will also have the informal discussions between people who hold differing political opinions. The quality of this type of political debate will depend on the skill and knowledge levels of the participants. Some people believe so strongly that their view is the only one; they lack the ability to listen to the arguments placed by the other side. This often leads to a heated argument rather than an educated discussion. This is especially true of online political forums that fail to monitor the activity on the site properly. Being online means that you can be anonymous and this can give rise to people venting extreme views. They may not get the chance to discuss these views in real life so take to the forums. Even if the individual’s views are not extreme, the discussion can quickly result in an argument as text is so often misinterpreted. How often have you received an email and responded as you believed it meant something other than the intended message?
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. That is one of the huge benefits of living in a democracy. The freedom of speech should never be taken away from anyone but when involved in a political debate, it is always best to mind your manners as well.