Summary: This article is going to focus on the wording of the resolution, particularly what "compulsory" is, as well as list various options of "national service."
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About "Compulsory National Service (INFO)"
Who doesn’t know the words of John F. Kennedy during his inaugural address? “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!” For the better part of our lives, service to your country has been voluntary. Not since 1973, for instance, has there been a compulsory draft. Kennedy’s words seem to fall flat on the ears of today’s Americans.
The Lincoln-Douglas resolution for September/October 2017 challenges Lincoln-Douglas debaters to rethink the value of “voluntarily” serving the nation. How about we require it? Why not make it “compulsory”? That is the affirmative side to the resolution: In the United States, national service ought to be compulsory.
This article is going to focus on the wording of the resolution, particularly what “compulsory” would look like in the real world as well as list various options of “national service” that a debater can advocate. By the end of this article, you, as a Lincoln-Douglas debater, should have some strong ideas on how to frame this debate.
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