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Debate Team Throws Out Rules – “F*** the Time” Limit!

Remember when the debate team was the most well-spoken, articulate students on campus? Not anymore!

At the 2014 Cross Examination Debate Association’s national championship in March, teams decided to throw the long-standing debate rulebook out the window. Teams ignored the topic assigned to them, and debated whatever topic they wanted. Breaking protocol is a no-no. But the judges overlooked that. And that was only the beginning…

Team members rapped, poetry, and theatrics to deliver their “arguments,” ignored time constraints, and repeatedly used foul language in their delivery. Several are violations of the competition’s debate tournament rules. Still, judges ignored the infractions and awarded one of the violating teams the national championship!

If the debate competition wants to amend the rules, that’s one thing. But to award the championship to a team who refused to play by the rules… what message does that send to our young people getting ready to enter the workforce? Think about how shocked they’ll be the first time they are FIRED for not following workplace rules!

There’s a place for innovation, imagination, and pushing the boundaries. And there’s a place to follow the rules and respect authority. Without rules, what kind of society are we? I personally think what happened in this national competition this is a dangerous precedence and a sad commentary on the product of our institutes of higher learning.

You can read more about it here. And watch the debate (or just pieces of if) here. Let me know what you think.

Photo & video credit Ricardo Saenz

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Tammy Messina

Christ following, wife, mother, grandmother, and small business owner with passions for holistic wellness, gardening, raising critters, and preserving our Constitutional liberties especially free speech, religious freedom, and the 2nd Amendment. God gave me the most wonderful husband, who I love dearly and am grateful to have the opportunity to work with every day as his Producer in this Real Side venture. When you see my posts, they are truly mine. So please don't hold him accountable for what I write. Contrary to what some say, I'm not a Stepford wife. I have my own opinions and am willing to share some of them here.

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