Over the last several years, the tone of American politics has become increasingly unpleasant, to put it mildly. It’s something Burg Simpson co-founder Alan K. Simpson wants to see change.
One thing Simpson would like to see is lawmakers spending more time listening to their constituents. It’s something he made a priority during his own time in office.
“I would speak for five minutes and stay for two hours, and let ’em rip,” Simpson recalled. “I never stopped any kind of questioning…because they’re paying you and you deserve to take their ‘stuff.’”
The former U.S. senator, known throughout his career for his willingness to work across the aisle, joined several other former officeholders in a conversation about how we can all be better when it comes to talking politics. The panel discussion, “In Search of Civility—A Public Forum about Civil Discourse,” took place Sept. 24 at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and can be watched HERE. Wyoming Rising-Northwest sponsored the standing-room-only event at Center’s Coe Auditorium.
Simpson was joined onstage by moderator Hon. Steven R. Cranfill, former Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan, former Cody Mayor Nancy Tia Brown, and Former Chair of the School Board for Park County District 6 Dossie Overfield.