The United States should build and maintain a border fence

RoyLatham
kbub

A border fence is one of the possible mechanisms used to control immigration and the flow of goods over U.S. borders. In this debate I will contend that existing border fences on the southern border should maintained and upgraded, and that at least a new 700 mile fence should be built .I do not require that a border fence...

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God is real

dylancatlow
RoyLatham

Definitions:1. God - tri-omni and benevolent; the creator of the universe2. Real - exists objectively Conditions:First round: acceptance onlySecond round: opening arguments from pro, rebuttal by conThird round: rebuttals/additonal argumentsFourth Round: closing arguments onlyBy accepting this debate, you agree to these conditions....

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DDO should keep a voting system with multiple categories

RoyLatham
thett3

Currently, debate.org uses a seven point voting system for judging debates, with points awarded in categories according to:Who had better conduct (1 point)Had better spelling and grammar (1 point)Made more convincing arguments (3 points)Used the most reliable...

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The United States should have a death penalty.

RoyLatham
Mikal

The death penalty, i.e. capital punishment, is "execution of an offender sentenced to death after conviction by a court of law of a criminal offense." [1. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capital%20punishment] Currently 32 states and the Federal government have a death penalty. [2. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/states-and-without-death-penalty]. Background inf...

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The Big Lie: Republicans Balance Federal Budgets

NedStarkshead
RoyLatham

The last Republican president who ever balanced the budget was Dwight Eisenhower.Between 1998 and 2000, President Bill Clinton"s Treasury Department paid off more than $360 billion in debt. As a result of 115 straight months of economic expansion that began after an increase in the top income tax rate " which was virulently opposed by the right " the huge deficits left by 12 years of Republican rule had been transformed into a surplus.Back in 1980, people were spooked because inflation had soare...

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The US is justified in preempting the spread of nuclear arms.

RoyLatham
ConservativePolitico

Justified means “having, done for, or marked by a good or legitimate reason.” the sense of the resolution is that the US may be justified in choosing to intervene, including the use of military force, to prevent nuclear arms from being developed or sold to certain nations. The resolution does not imply a requirement to intervene in every case, but that the option is open. The negation of the resolution is that the US is in no case justified in intervening...

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The earth is probably more than 10,000 years old.

RoyLatham
GarretKadeDupre

In this debate, Pro will argue the evidence that the earth is older than 10,000 years, and Con will argue the evidence that the earth is not older than 10,000 years. The debate is to be determined by the preponderance of evidence.Years are taken as units of time in the conventional sense as presently measured, not in an allegorical or poetic sense.The claim that the earth is less than 10,000 years old is part of Young Earth Creationism (YEC). [1.

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The debate.org site rules should be more strictly enforced.

RoyLatham
imabench

The debate.org site rules are the debate.org Terms of Use. [1. http://www.debate.org/legal/terms/] Among other things, the member agrees he: Will follow the following rules while participating on the site. Any disregard for these rules or any of the other terms or guidelines may result in termination of a member's account. No use of profanities or swear words. No personal attacks ag...

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In practice, socialism requires a ruling elite.

RoyLatham
Citrakayah

Definitions. For this debate, "in practice" means "as generally applied to humans having ordinary human nature." We might suppose "In theory, police are not required to enforce laws." That's because theoretically every person might study the laws to find out what they are and then voluntarily choose to obey them. In practice, police are required. Moreover, one might cite an isolated monastery where all the monks are inspired to obey laws without poli...

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The use of torture is justified in ticking time bomb situations.

RoyLatham
jopo

For the purposes of this debate "torture" is defined as those methods of interrogation revealed as being used by the CIA on GITMO detainees. These methods include physical and psychological stress, the most severe being water boarding. The methods are non-lethal. An ABC News article describes the methods, at least in general: [1. http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/Investigation/story?id=1322866.] The article says tha...

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