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Maybe it's just because I am young

Posted Thursday, June 3, 2010, at 2:51 PM

As my debate team prepared for the national tournament, we took a look at the public forum topic (Miss Bott and her partner, James McGovern, have been qualified). And it got me thinking.

The topic states Resolved: Current trends in American political dialogue compromise meaningful democratic deliberation.

Some would be interested that the "current trends" are not so new to the political world.

Some food for thought- Why do we mudsling and use scare tactics? Why have the parties drifted so far from real discourse and instead have turned to the name calling? Why did Nixon's committee to reelect the president feel the need to wiretap the Democratic National Convention, when Nixon later won all but two states? Surely some kind of poll would have pointed out this outcome?

It appears to me that everyone has become so desperate to be right that we have said "To heck with ettiquete! To heck with the man with the best policies!" and instead turn towards the man with less scandal behind his name.

I don't understand why people feel the need to say "republican" or "democrat" or "liberal" or "conservative" as if those are bad words. Maybe it's just because I am young, but the way I see it, it has to be either all of them are bad or none of them are bad, because each one has provided good and bad things to our country, states, and towns.

I don't fully believe in the concept of blind party politics. I think there are a few who practice it, but the majority don't. Nixon was a republican, and like I said earlier, gained all but two states. Does that mean everyone else had become a republican state? Not necessarily. It means that enough people felt Nixon, regardless of his party, was doing a good job as president.

In my opinion, the topic is wonderfully two-sided, and I wish (just for a second, as my policy debate conscience screams mutiny) that I was going for public forum instead, because I'd love to see how the rounds turn out.

I know Nixon may not be the best example, but my history class focused a lot on his presidency towards the end, and his reelection did point out a flaw in "blind party politics".

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We started the year pretty much at the beginning of world war one. And we thoroughly covered all of the events you mentioned. It was about both Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. In fact, I was impressed at how balanced and fair our book was. Many history books I've encountered paint pictures of either an evil USA or a perfect USA.

I pride myself on being one not easily tricked, and hopefully when I do graduate and move on to college my journalism major will be as good as my journalism class was- think for yourself, be fair and balanced, look at all sides of the issue, and when doing hard news, report FACTS.

-- Posted by lilmissmelmo on Thu, Jun 3, 2010, at 3:23 PM

Yeah, because Bazooka has been to college and he knows what he's talking about????

-- Posted by censored on Fri, Jun 4, 2010, at 10:23 AM

hmmmmm I guess I will have to ask my sister what agenda she is spouting. She teaches college over in Oregon

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sat, Jun 5, 2010, at 8:49 AM

remember all schools are made for YOU to think and already do that that is why you are a debater.........left wing right wing....will not matter if you come to a real side decision.....that is in the best intrest of all concerned......any hard ideology without room to see another side does not serve the needs of anyone......good luck to you....take what you need and expand on it....and throwaway what you dont.......

-- Posted by lamont on Wed, Jun 9, 2010, at 5:21 AM

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