Should Texas Have Remained As It's Own Country?
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I concede that Texas could be a good country on its own. However, just because they could doesn't mean they should. Texas, back in the day, wanted to keep slaves around, which they probably would have kept if they didn't become a part of the US. Slavery is unethical and infringes heavily on people's rights which is why the sooner they lost their slaves, the better. Any amount of time that they remained their own country would have extended the amount of time that many people would have their rights taken away and forced to labor.
Also, because of their closeness to the US and their slavery, they probably would have had conflicts, possibly military, with the US which would have had impacts for both sides. War offers many harms and becoming a part of the same government would solve this potential issue.
Pro has demonstrated that Texas could be their own country and were well off if they were, but has not said anything about why they should be their own country. In order to win this debate, my opponent must make arguments to that nature and also show why my arguments fail. Until then, I'm the one who has any relevant contentions and is therefore winning the debate.
"the taxes paid to the federal government by Texas would now be staying in Texas. In 2007, this amounted to $225,390,904,000 . The most recent Texas State budget amounted to $182,000,000,000. By changing the location to where tax money goes, Texas could operate effectively on the taxes without any taxes going to anywhere but Texas, keeping money in Texas and lowering taxes or use The monies currently collected for Texas's use could then be used to pay for other things.
It was a real pleasure to debate you, an I thank you for reading. To the Judges, I hope you will take in to consideration what I have said and perhaps vote for me.
My opponent claims that the damage to the economy taken because of the sudden freedom of slaves could have been avoided for keeping them for a while longer. However, there are several reasons why this is not a good reason why Texas should be its own country.
A delay in freeing slaves would have accomplished nothing. There is no reason to believe that a delay would have made Texas loosen its the dependence on slaves for agriculture during that time. The hit to its economy would have happened sometime, and there are two benefits to having it as early as possible. One, Texas would have looked for other ways to make money and use free manpower sooner, and essentially modernize faster. Two, while slaves were not given full freedom immediately when they were freed, the sooner they were freed the sooner they could enter society and regain their rights. As I said, their fundamental human rights were being tread apon and that deserves to be ended as soon as possible. Freedom takes precedence over poverty, as there is no point to having money or being full if you can't do anything you want to do.
The reason why less taxes in Texas isn't a desirable thing has to do with my first rebuttal. If Texas had stayed their own country, they would not have planned on joining the US and giving up their slaves. These assumptions would have ensured that Texas wouldn't have done what they really needed to do with that money, which is making an infrastructure that doesn't depend on slaves. Instead, all of that money wouldnt be used effectively compared to how money could be used once Texas joined the Union. The slaves would have been freed eventually due to America's proximity, but they wouldn't have known that yet.
Thanks for the debate :) Vote Con.
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Vote Placed by RainbowDash52 4 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro argued that Texas being its own country means it can make its own laws, but failed to explain how these laws would make texas better than if it had to follow US national laws instead. Con explained that the prolonged existance of slavery that would have resulted from Texas being its own country would have been bad. Edit: Con requested me to remove my vote that was in his favor.
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