President Trump and Visions for America: A Face-to-face Conversation

To adequately understand the source and sequence of what follows, it is important to first read the “Introduction” and “Methodology” pages that can be accessed directly above.

It is understatement to say that Christians, and others, in America have some strong disagreements about their visions for America and the extent to which President Trump is facilitating, or not, their respective visions.

The following sequence of transcribed and audio-recorded face-to-face conversations among eight Christians living in Sioux County Iowa, selected because it was known that they had significant disagreements about Trump’s presidency, is intended to uncover the nature of their agreements and disagreements and to model respectful conversation about their disagreements.

SESSION 1 (April 23, 2019): Getting to know Each Other

Leading Questions: Respond, in 4-5 minutes, to the following questions:

  • Who are you? (Briefly introduce yourself to us).
  • Why have you joined this conversation? What do you hope to get out of this conversation? What is at stake? (Wherever possible, draw on aspects of your own “story” that inform your responses).

Given that the primary purpose of this first session is for the conversation partners to “get to know one another,” the responses given to these two questions will not be transcribed or recorded or otherwise preserved in any fashion.

SESSION 2 (May 7, 2019): Initial Reflections

Leading Questions: Respond, in 5-7 minutes, to the following questions:

  • What is your vision for the future of America?
  • To what extent do you believe President Trump is facilitating, or not, the accomplishment of your vision for the future of America?

Session 2 Transcriptions
Session 2 Audio Recording