Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss his new book "Them: Why We Hate Each Other -- and How To Heal" and more.
On breaking news of Saudi's confirming Khashoggi was killed: I will just reiterate this in public. The Saudis position on this for days and days and days is problematic. You asked, 'What is the policy direction we should be heading?' I think policy needs to flow from principle and we need to know what the Saudi government is willing to articulate as long-term principle. Right now it feels like they're just viewing this as what's their media, PR strategy, what's their short-term public relations crisis management plan and that's not what's needed. What's needed is a lot more truth telling by the Saudi's and they got some big problems to answer for right now. (1:36)
On why he wrote this book: I think political tribalism is ramping right now precisely because the good tribes are in collapse. So, it's worth distinguishing between good and bad tribes and that's why I wrote it. I wrote it because I don't think Washington can fix any of the big problems we face if we can't even first diagnose what is happening. Politics didn't cause most of what's wrong in America. Therefore, politics can't fix it. (2:57)
On how communities become diverse but maintain a sense of community: Even though I'm from a small agricultural town in Nebraska, Melissa and I are raising our kids there and I commute to D.C. every week and I love small town America, but the thing I want to recapture is not small town. It's hometown and it's neighborhood because what's really required is for humans to have embodied flesh and blood relationships with the person two doors down. When I say good tribalism I mean your nuclear family. I mean your deep friendships. I mean your shared vocation and coworkers. I mean the local worshiping community, but that's not an ethnically identifiable thing. What we see in the data right now the average American over the last 25 years has gone from hosting in their home, having people over for dinner, 14 times a year 25 years ago to 8 times a year last year... Right now we're allowing online digital stock to replace actual human interaction stock and people aren't going to be happy that way. (7:05)
On setting limits on social media & technology: We have three kids, 17 and 14 year-old girls and a 7 year-old boy and we kind of regret that our girls have smartphones. I say kind of because in rural Nebraska you can get a drivers license at 14. So, we want them to have it for GPS tracking purposes so we can know where they are and whatnot, but we really wish they didn't have Instagram. So, we try to limit that kind of stuff a lot because it creates a distorted view of the world. (14:52)