UIL Debate

I coach speech and debate in Texas. From what I've gathered, maybe Shrub should've used some of his elective hours in high school to take these classes. Certainly couldn't have hurt.

Anyway, the new policy debate topic was released in January. It's a nationally-used topic, debated from anywhere from local/invitational tournaments, to state meets and the NFL's national competition. Policy debate is 2 on 2 debate, where we actually debate some policy's merit, or how to fix it.

Since so many of my dear readers are more political than I am, I'd love to get your thoughts on the new topic. It's one I can actually get into, and I bet you will too (at least a couple of you.).

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially decrease its authority either to detain without charge or to search without probable cause.

A few thoughts on the topic can be found on the UIL site.

For those that don't know...UIL is the University Interscholastic League. It's the entity in Texas that makes us follow the rules for athletic and academic competition that the state imposes (eligibility, maintaining amateur status, etc.). It's how our kids get to go to state competitions.
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5 Response to "UIL Debate"

  1. Rudicus says:
    Jul 14, 2005, 4:20:00 PM

    This is a vast and broad topic. With respect to the Patriot Act, I also think it is a scary piece of legislation that allows unprecedented erosion of civil liberties and ushers in images of Big Brother.

    The government of the U.S. already has broader powers of privacy invasion and other tactics that exceed those in other "free" countries.

    But to me the real issues are not the specifics of the Acts or practices of the Gov, but our approach to our citizens and the world.

    If we are concerned about terrorists, why focus on what we coulda, shoulda, woulda done to prevent it from a security and law enforcement standpoint and look at the ideological and foreign policy practices and see why we may have become a target.

    The other main problem is our legal system, which is in need of far greater reform than socieal security ever will. I think legalizing drugs would go along way toward reducing the vast majority of privacy and search and seizure problems as well as reducing the prison population and a host of other crime associated with drugs. Beyond that we need to remove the so-called technicalities in the rules of evidence and also decide how important certain crimes really are to our society Do we REALLY need to frisk every black kid we pull over to make sure they don't have a joint in the car?

    I could go on and on, but you get the idea.

  2. Glod says:
    Jul 14, 2005, 6:20:00 PM

    I like the new colour scheme.

  3. jayne says:
    Jul 14, 2005, 9:01:00 PM

    Why thank you Glod. I spent the afternoon playing.

  4. equarles says:
    Jul 15, 2005, 3:10:00 PM

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  5. equarles says:
    Jul 26, 2005, 10:35:00 PM

    links? they'll be back tomorrow. there's a story to what happened. what's your home email?

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