Released: Filed Under: NCFCA Lincoln-Douglas
About "Fundamental Rights (NEG)"
This case is centered on the common ground between the affirmative and the negative sides of the resolution. It basically outlines that there is another less-questionable option aside from Preventive War. The main focus of this case is saying that a government has the responsibility to defend its citizens. Thus, it ought to wage a PREEMPTIVE War, because Preventive War is not a defensive war.
I would say this case would help the negative to answer questions like, “If you could stop the 9/11 attacks, would you?” and it discounts the idea that the negative is saying we shouldn’t defend ourselves entirely. The case is entirely contingent upon the definition of defense, and the distinction between Preventive and Preemptive war.
The downside of this case is thus: If the affirmative can prove that Preventive War CAN be used defensively, they disprove the negative’s position. Examples like Operation Opera or some other more extreme positions would prove that Preventive War can, and has been, used defensively. If the Affirmative can prove that point, the neg has agreed that Preventive War is ethical.
Beyond that, if the affirmative can prove that Thomas Gilson is wrong or biased in any way, the negatives case falls apart. To disprove this, you would have to provide a counter-distinction saying something more in line with the affirmative position.
If, however, the negative is successful in these proving these points, the case is set up to basically be a fact. This case basically agrees with most affirmative positions, and it agrees with its opening quote, saying that we cannot “…stand by as peril draws closer…”, but if those points are true, the negative position is true.
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Aaron Clendenen is a NCFCA LD student with two years of experience. He has accomplished much in his short time in NCFCA, including (but not limited to), placing 7th at regionals (Region II) and receiving third place LD speaker at the Medford tournament.