The Philodemic Society returned from a relaxing winter break with new officers, new faces and renewed zeal for an especially mavericky debate: “Resolved: Sarah Palin represents the future of American Democracy.” Keynoting for the affirmation, Mr. Alex Henderson wowed the crowd with his eloquence, panache and rationalization that affirming this resolution does not at all imply affection for the controversial ex-Governor. He met stiff resistance from the equally articulate and persuasive Mr. Drew Peterson, the negation keynoter. Mr. Peterson crafted a sweeping tale of American populism, featuring such luminaries as Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor and George W. Bush… only to argue that populism’s time had passed. Ensuing floor speeches ranged from defenses of Palin to denigrations of American political culture to Mr. Biesiada’s sage reminder of the power of “Big Block of Cheese Day” (RIP Leo McGarry…).
In the end, the society negated the resolution by a vote of 16 affirming to 40 negating. A rollickin’ good debate? You betcha! ; )
Please join us in the Philodemic Room on Thursday, January 28 at 8 pm to debate “Resolved: America’s War on Drugs should end.” See the Philodemic Society group on Facebook for more information.