The Instigator
fasttrack
Con (against)
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The Contender
maydaykiller
Pro (for)
Winning
20 Points

Barack Obama

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maydaykiller
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/6/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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fasttrack

Con

I would really like to debate this topic. I know a lot of people now are against him and what he is doing. However, I know that there are still a lot that would vote for him again if he were to run.

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You MUST reference at least one thing at the end of Each argument post.
A forfeit is an automatic win to the opponent
New arguments can be made at any time
You are allowed to "write off" what you have previously said if you realize that it was a wrong statement.
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Round Terms:
Round One: Acceptance
Round Two: Argument
Round Three: Rebuttal
Round Four: Rebuttal/Conclusion

Rules for Judging:
The judge must base his decision entirely on the material presented, without regard for other material which he may happen to possess.
maydaykiller

Pro

I accept to take this debate, and defend Barack Obama's presidency.

Looking forward to a great debate, @fasttrack.
Debate Round No. 1
fasttrack

Con

President Obama does not think before he speaks to the public. He gives us lies. While he does have some pretty good ideas, he fails to think out how he plans to achieve the goals and ideas that he has. There is a list of his failures. His main one to me though was win he paid a bribe to a foreign country to get a guy back. Our policy is "Millions for war, not one for tribute." Worst thing he ever did to change our policy and lower our integrity. He continues to make mistake after mistake with other countries and sooner or later it will get the United States into further debt and trouble with other countries.

http://townhall.com...
maydaykiller

Pro

Thank you, Con.

As ruled, by Con in Round 1, I will use Round 2 to reveal my arguments in favor of Barack Obama's presidency.




Arguments in favor of Barack Obama's presidency

A1.
Foreign Policy

Through Barack Obama's presidency, the United States achieved strategic foreign geo-political gains. First and foremost, under his leadership, American troops successfully conducted a raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, undoubtely, America's number one enemy, personnally responsible for the worst attack on American soil. Also, Obama has pulled Americans out of harm's way in Afghanistan [1], and has pressed more sanctions on North Korea, for threatening regional peace [2] lastly, he has isolated the Russian Federation for its annexation of Crimea, and further sanctions were applied on the country, which lead to an important economic crisis in Russia.

A2. Domestic policies

Obama's domestic plan was dominated by his Affordable Care Act, intended to provide Americans with affordable Healthcare, which many Americans were lacking. The Affordable Care Act enabled millions of Americans not to go bankrupt because of medical reasons. [3] Secondly, he has worked to insure the use of green and renewable energy; since he entered office, the share of U.S wind and solar energy has grown considerably. [4] He also repealed "Don't Ask Don't Tell" which now allows Gays and Lesbians to serve in the U.S troops.

A3. The Economy

When Barack Obama entered The Oval Office in 2009, he inherited a massive deficit and a crippled economy, left by his reckless predecessor George W. Bush. But under Obama, unemployement has come down massively. When he entered in January 2009, the unemployement rate was around an horrifying 10% and is descending under Obama (now around 5.6%), which is quite significant compared to the European Union, whose unemployement remains in the double digits. America has succeeded at recovering from the 2008 financial crash, and most economists agree that it is thanks to Obama's stimulus plan. [5] Lastly, while it is often undermined, Obama has done alot to limit the unequality in America. The rich are paying more taxes, precisely, 28.1% more than in 2008.


Conclusion

While he is often discredited, Barack Obama and his presidency were actually more beneficial for America than often said. Compared to John McCain and Mitt Romney, Barack Obama was the better choice in 2008 and in 2012. He has led the country to a somewhat successful recovery from the 2008 Economic Collapse under Bush, reduced unemployement, killed Osama Bin Laden, gave Health Assurance to those who could not afford it, and applied successful sanctions and economic pressure against American Allies.


Sources :

[1] http://www.theguardian.com...
[2] http://www.theguardian.com...
[3] http://www.newrepublic.com...
[4] http://grist.org...
[5] http://www.nytimes.com...




Debate Round No. 2
fasttrack

Con

fasttrack forfeited this round.
maydaykiller

Pro

I only have One rebuttal to make as the majority of Con's argument are just ill-founded claims.


Rebuttal

Pro argues that the The Bowe Bergdahl Swap was a disgrace to American foreign policy. I would argue otherwise, although it wasn't necessarily the best move, that 'guy', as Con puts it, was a Sergeant in the United States Army [1]. He left his loved ones to go serve his country abroad, it is only morally right that we do not leave him behind. What kind of nation would allow, its men and women in uniform serving, abroad, in war, to be left behind? Obama invested alot of efforts to get this brave young man back to the United States, and credits should be given to him for that.



To conclude, following Con's forfeiture I believe the voters should vote Pro. I have rebutted his arguments and he has failed to rebute mine.



[1] http://en.wikipedia.org...;
Debate Round No. 3
fasttrack

Con

fasttrack forfeited this round.
maydaykiller

Pro

Vote Pro.

Other than a few ill-founded and unsubstantiated claims, Con has made no valid arguments.
Debate Round No. 4
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct to Pro - con forfeited Argument - Con opined, pro made an argument Sources - Con referenced one very basis source, pro several diverse and more reliable sources.