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The Right is Better than the Left, Politics

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Started: 4/30/2017 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Herooftheyear

Pro

I'm starting this round short.
The Right has more individual freedom.
Smarter people. http://ijr.com...

Better looking https://www.washingtonpost.com...
And much more
gb2018

Con

Having "better looking" or more scientifically literate people than the other side does not make one side "better" than the other. (Moreover, being more scientifically literate than someone else doe not make one "smarter".) The political side that is superior to the other is that which emphasizes independent thought, cooperation with one's fellow citizens, and equality; these are the qualities that contribute to a healthy society. The right has consistently discouraged such ideals; for instance, Senator Joseph McCarthy (R- Wisconsin) infamously perpetrated the "Red Scare" in the 1950s (http://www.biography.com...). McCarthy alleged, without ANY verifiable evidence, that Communists had infiltrated the federal government and needed to be arrested. Despite his inability to substantiate any of his claims, McCarthy continued his campaign, playing on the fears of the public and undercutting civil rights at every opportunity. During the Red Scare, many American citizens were discouraged from trusting one another and encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the authorities. McCarthy cultivated an atmosphere of paranoia that would cost thousands of hard-working citizens their jobs and cause them to be unfairly persecuted in the public eye. Indeed, even those who were legally proven to be innocent were ruined, as the public still saw them in the light in which McCarthy had portrayed them. During the Red Scare, many American citizens were discouraged from trusting one another and encouraged to report any suspicious "Communist" activity to the authorities. Countless other examples exist of infamous right-wing ideologies and policies: Donald Trump's travel ban on Middle Eastern countries and proposed "border wall" between the United States and Mexico; Robert Bentley's (R- Alabama) signing of AB 174, which forbids Alabama cities from setting their own minimum wages; Rick Scott's (R- Florida) signing of SB 1722/HB 1411, which defunds Planned Parenthood and prevents the vast majority of doctors from performing abortions; and HB 3044, which proposes to isolate gay youth from organizations that support gay rights and from counselors. On the other hand, the political groups and ideologies with which we commonly associate the "left" tout fairness, independent thought, and social cohesion rather than injustice, a mob mentality, and divisiveness. As Barack Obama said, "There's not a liberal America and a conservative America- there's the United States of America."
Debate Round No. 1
Herooftheyear

Pro

I disagree, People are different and there are always exceptions however depending on the subject some groups seem to be better than others and in return worse at other things. e i, Black people and physical sports.
https://en.wikipedia.org....

One of my favorite thing about being on the right is, Individual rights and responsibility over the collective. It promotes least government intervention while the left increases government size.
http://classroom.synonym.com...
http://www.informationisbeautiful.net...
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The worse thing about the Left is, Using the power of government to enforce their belief on others.
They think they know whats better for you than you do. Less freedoms while living in a nanny state.
https://www.healthcare.gov...
gb2018

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The "nanny state" you describe provides aid to millions of people who desperately need it: students, seniors, the mentally and physically handicapped, veterans, etc. Sometimes, people find themselves trapped in unfortunate situations; in such cases, governmental aid is absolutely essential to a healthy, functional society. In fact, a lack of governmental regulation usually results in terrible consequences for society. For example, the Great Depression (1929-1939) occurred largely due to a lack of governmental regulation upon banks and businesses. The wealthy elite who led these entities followed their own self-interest (as most humans tend to do) and managed to escape largely unscathed while EVERYBODY ELSE suffered the consequences. While I agree that there must be a limit to governmental regulation and intervention, I argue that human nature demands that humans be regulated for their own sake. Indeed, government has increased in size in response to many of America's catastrophes (from Shays's Rebellion to the Great Depression) and has successfully solved these problems. The tendency of our government to grow larger when our country is faced with disaster is no coincidence: the government must be able to exercise its power in order for problems to be solved and progress to be made.The individualistic philosophy of "every man for himself" is not conducive to a healthy, progressive society; if everyone acted in their own self-interest, society would grind to a halt. We cannot remain stuck in the past. (Keep in mind that even under a "nanny state", citizens enjoy many basic rights and freedoms that citizens of many other countries do not. )
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