The Counterargument

Political commentary on the web seems to me to be represented by various parties with vested interests, deeply entrenched in their views and committed only to defending their own dogmas and blasting their opponents'. Whatever happened to thoughtful, productive debate instead of mindless adherence to one ideology or the other? I blame the left as much for this as the right.
As a remedy, let me propose to you a healthy piece of oratory advice, practiced mostly in law schools these days: argue for and against the same issue in an equally fervent manner. Whenever either one doesn't quite convince you, find more arguments till it does. Then either fail to choose because you see the nuances of the point, or choose wisely from one of them. Don't have an opinion because you feel you should. Have one because you believe in it.