Summary: When it comes to war, this means that governments should avoid large risks whenever possible. That’s what this case is built on.
Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "Security of Our Soldiers (NEG)"
One of the questions you hear over and over in Lincoln/Douglas debate is this: “What is the purpose of government?” This question can be debated and dissected but realistically, the government’s purpose comes back to something incredibly simple: safety. If a government does not protect its citizens, as well as the soldiers it sends into battle, it fails its core purpose. After all, a government without its people is no government at all.
If safety is the core purpose of government, then it logically follows that safety should be the core of all governmental decision making. A government should avoid actions, military or otherwise, that risk losing human safety. When it comes to war, this means that governments should avoid large risks whenever possible.
That’s what this case is built on. Here a few things you should do while running it:
- Win your examples. Usually in LD the examples are not the focus of the case. However, this case is much stronger if you properly defend these two examples. In both of the examples, Neg may say “so we should just stand by and allow these corrupt regimes to take over?” That’s not what you’re saying. You’re saying that we have other options than preemptive that are more calculated and safe. Then, turn the rhetoric. Ask the Aff what they would have done in those examples. Are there any other options? Clearly preemptive warfare didn’t work.
- Be the reasonable one. It’s tempting to viciously attack every rising threat, but that sort of thinking can lead to terrible results in the real world. There’s a reason our invasions in Iraq and Vietnam are seen as mostly unsuccessful: They were reckless. America didn’t take into consideration the future repercussions of its actions. Paint the Aff side as reckless, hasty, and a loose cannon. Win the rhetoric and you win the round.
That’s pretty much it. This case is simple, easy to run, and should be effective if run properly. Above all, take this seriously. You’re talking about actions that could potentially risk thousands of lives. Make sure your rhetoric matches that mood.
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