I haven't been really involved in this discussion, but here's my take:
i could very easily explain to everyone, that the reason i struck christian, was because matt price walked up to me and said "dude, christian is stoned, and drunk... you're fucked." i could also spend my time trying to explain to will, the strategy christian and i utilized in the round we had. i don't think it would be difficult to argue about the implications of christian's original post. but, before doing any of those things, i think it would be better for me to determine how constructive those things would be.
christian johns taught me most of what i know about debate, and one of the first things he told me was that i was always right. because as soon as i started believing some one else made a good point, i had lost the round. i think that everyone in this community has a very similar mentality, and because of that no one is going to give up any ground in this argument. i can't see us producing anything positive from continuing this discussion.
i think this entire debate is just giving us reasons to dislike one another. even if we aren't trying to be hostile, i think that in a debate environment, where everyone is trying to prove a point, things are viewed as hostile. because of that, it's very easy to dislike each other.
that brings me to nick's posts. he keeps saying that the community needs to work towards removing these "divides", and i agree with him whole heartedly. arguing about things like why we should, or shouldn't dislike each other isnt' going to do us any good, it's only going to further whatever existing problems there are. so, why not just give it up? i'm sure that if a C-X round lasted until one team had convinced the other they were right, there would be no point in attending a tournament.
nick is right. this isn't the kind of community we should be encouraging. i want other schools to like carthage, and i don't feel that christian and i behave in a manner that gives schools reason to dislike us (at least until the point when we argue about why we are/aren't liked). if a school/ person decides to dislike us regardless of that, then i guess there really isn't anything else we can do.
i propose a fresh start. i know that a lot of the community doens't know me, but that's alright. if anything, it makes this easier: "hi, my name's kevin and i'm from carthage high school."
if i meet you at a tournament, and behave in a manner that gives your reason to dislike me, then i encourage you to act on the impulse and dislike me. however, know that christian and i are not going to purposely do anything at a tournament to make people mad.