Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., urged those at Mountaineer Boys State to forget about social media and learn how to socialize.
"Throw out your text messages," she said during Tuesday's breakfast assembly at WVU Jackson's Mill. "Throw out Facebook and learn how to talk to people face to face."
Capito said in today's hectic world, people have forgotten how to "sit around and get to know each other." She said that has brought about a nation of people who have not learned how to respect others in society.
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Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito talks to more than 300 seniors-to-be during Tuesday’s breakfast assembly at Mountaineer Boys State at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County.
Telling the story of how former President Ronald Reagan and former Congressman Tip O'Neill would often battle heatedly over legislation on Capitol Hill and then go out for cocktails together when the session adjourned for the day, Capito said people have tuned away from the political debates of the day because of the nasty tone of those talks.
"We have to treat each other with respect when we disagree," she said. "We have to clean up the debate in Congress. Congress is supposed to be about compromise. It's supposed to be about picking the best ideas."
About 365 seniors-to-be are attending the weeklong event sponsored by the American Legion. This is the 75th anniversary of the West Virginia event, making it the second-longest running one of its kind in the nation.
She told those considering a career in public service, along with those wanting to be leaders in their communities, to study not only public speaking, but also history.
"History really does repeat itself," Capito said. "A lot of the battles we are fighting now are the same ones we fought in the Great Depression as we try to get our financial house in order.
"Get your information because knowledge is power, and then learn how to communicate," she added.