Help My Grandson in His Debate Anyone?Submitted by fonta on Sat, 11/03/2012 - 15:59
My grandson is being home schooled this year for the first time. The majority of the HS program is KONOS which is Christian-based.
He is taking debate and the topic this semester is "Should the federal government supply foreign (humanitarian) aid?" He will soon be in the regional competition and there is even a national competition for home schooled students.
Here is his dilemma. He is very anti-big government and the students have been given a huge packet of information which contains a lot of very good information (most of which you would all agree with) about why the federal government should not be into foreign aid. My question has nothing to do with that as I would imagine we are all in agreement. However, in debate you have to be able to debate both sides. Other than going into Christian reasons for charity, what "could" his pro side contain. (Remember debate is an exercise in critical thinking).
About all I could come up with is a little off the wall. After acknowledging that hisoipponents have presented very good anti reasoning, he might throw out that (a) there is no possibility that big government will go away over night and return to the Constitution and (b) given the obvious political-geographic dickering with the slush fund we call foreign aid it, too, is not likely to go away. How then do we turn the tide into foreign aid (of the supposedly humanitarian flavor) into a relatively good thing?
Suppose the foreign aid money delineated for humanitarian aid and taken from the tax payers is returned to the States (by some fair method either based on the percentage of taxes paid in or the population by state). The state then allows communities to vote on whether they want the "humanitarian aid" to go to its communities in need or overseas. Never could there be a better time to do this as due to the economy and the government, there has never been greater need within the communities and if they were to vote to send that money overseas, it would more nearly approximate true Christian charity. Note: I am betting all or most of that money would stay in the communities.
LOL...I know that's off the wall. Was wondering if anyone has a thought on how you could present a pro side. In another thread I shared that my Mom lost the National High School Debate in Washington on the topic "Will the US get pulled into WWII." She drew the side that yes we would at a time when the American people were totally against it. One of her arguments was that we would if something happened like..say, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor." She knew nothing about false flags at that time and just came up with that. She lost the debate because her argument was considered too preposterous.