Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "Public Safety"
Crime is scary. Nobody wants to think about the fact that plenty of people around them could be murderers, thieves, or tax evaders! But the truth is, there are plenty of guilty people who run free because our government doesn’t do everything it can to find the truth. This case harnesses that fear.
Your value is a buffer. If negative tries to run some abstract ideology such as protection of rights or justice, your response is simple: Subjective. The strength in public safety is that it’s objective and clear. Judges know what they’re voting for when they vote affirmative. Show how the esoteric ideologies of the negative are subjective. Who decides the just punishment for robbing a bank? 10 years in jail? 15? Those ideas are inherently subjective. Public Safety isn’t. That being said, if a team runs one of those values, you might be better off accepting the value. Both strategies are acceptable. Ask yourself, can my applications still apply to their value? If the answer is yes, then accept the value and move on to more important arguments.
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Drew competed in Stoa, NCFCA, and NSDA for four years total at over 40 tournaments with consistent success, winning tournament champion at the 2018 NITOC and placing #1 overall nationally on speechranks. Now, he coaches students and clubs across the nation online and in-person. Drew is committed to the activity of speech and debate and believes in the transformative power of forensics competition.