Here's our new debate, the previous one can be found on this link: https://www.qallout.com/debate/4776-the-usa-spends-too-much-on-its-military-pod-3
Thanks @eli_mcgowan, a good debate I think. Not as much clash as we might hope for, but given I'm playing devils advocate a bit, we probably agree on a lot of the facts so it falls to interpretation to argue about. Personally, I am hoping for the day when no one needs the threat of force to deter them from violence and we can simply value peace above other motivations.
@sigfried absolutely agreed!
@sharkb8 Who's the judge on this one?
@sigfried Aaron Kelly (KellyKrook)
@kelleykrook Just a reminder we eagerly await your judgement and observations. :)
@sigfried ahhh yes no worries Sigfried! I've been at our national tournament this past week, so I couldn't get to this one. I'll try to get it done later today.
@kelleykrook think it’ll happen tonight?
@eli_mcgowan I'm getting on right now.
Please comment below if you have any questions. I think having those questions in a public forum would probably be more helpful than merely DM'ing me so that any underlying reasons for my judgment are made clear to all parties, so feel free to ask for clarification.
@kelleykrook welp, as a RJ myself, and a debater of ten years experience, I disagree with just about everything you said there, but thanks for taking the time to watch the round, and good luck. Pretty articulate.
@eli_mcgowan Haha I appreciate the clash. Again, if you have any specific questions, please make those known.
@kelleykrook Nope, you made your opinion clear.
@kelleykrook Thanks Kelly. Point well taken your suggestions. To some degree, I avoided discussing the res directly because I didn't want my audience to think about a dictionary definition of the wording, but that strategic level understanding I was going for. I pitch my debates somewhere between a technical debate audience and a general lay audience. But I do think it's pretty much always a good practice to sum up on the res, and I didn't do that.To me Eli's framing was pretty well understood and implicit in his arguments. I don't think you have to be activist to understand and acknowledge his approach to the resolution. A more direct claim of it would be an improvement, but I think its fair to consider it. I certainly took it seriously and tried hard to clash my interpretation with his and argue my lenses superiority.