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United States federal government should substantially decrease its authority

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Started: 5/1/2014 Category: Politics
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baconismyfavoritefruit

Pro

1) Historically in the famous landmark case Terry v Ohio, detaining people don't always result to an arrest.
Source: https://supreme.justia.com...

2) Many cases involving the standard basis for search 'probable cause' including Cost v. Commonwealth and many more didn't result to a conviction.
Source: http://www.vachiefs.org...

C) United States federal government should substantially decrease its authority
logomachy

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1) The case you reference does not support your claim. In the case Terry v Ohio, the detainment of the perpetrators and suspect resulted in the arrest of the two perpetrators. In fact, the case you referenced opposes your own conclusion. Terry v Ohio provides legal support to the claim that the federal government should not substantially decrease its authority. The Supreme Court ruled that the officer who correctly charged the two men with illegally concealing weapons did not violate the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. There is no reason for the federal government to have its authority decreased when it makes decisions that lead to convictions of criminals.

2) If many cases involving the standard basis for searches based on probable cause did not result in a conviction then shouldn't the federal government substantially increase its authority instead of decreasing it? Unless you have an implied claim in your second premise, a claim that is not clear to me, the premise opposes your conclusion.
If criminals are getting away with doing illegal things because the interpretation of probable cause does not get them convicted, then the federal government should increase its authority and amend the Fourth Amendment in a way that does not allow criminals to get away with illegal acts because of the interpretation of probable cause.

3) Some of the effective ways in which the federal government exercises its authority include: the Food and Drug Administration which has the authority to declare the laws for food, drugs and cosmetics ensuring the safety of consumers nationwide, the Environmental Protection Agency which has the authority to minimize the use of pollutants within the nation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which has the authority to maintain and fight for fair employment across the nation, the Federal Reserve System which has the authority to regulate banking and the money supply helping prevent inflation and deflation in the nation, the Federal Trade Commission which has the authority to ensure free and fair market competition and protects consumers from being taken advantage of by high profile money making schemes, the National Labor Relations Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration which have the authority to maintain safe working conditions and prevent unfair labor practices by unions allowing the nation to not have its labor exploited, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission which has the authority to regulate non-military nuclear facilities maintaining the safety of the nation from nuclear exposure and the Securities and Exchange Commission which has the authority to regulate the buying and selling of securities ensuring the nation can safely participate in stock exchanges.

This link shows the major U.S. federal agencies that are crucial to the well being of the nation.
http://academics.smcvt.edu...

The following link contains a comprehensive list of every federal agency and what each of them does for the nation. The authority of each of these is a reason for the necessity of the federal government. The public strongly underestimates the need for the federal government and what it does for the nation by exercising its authority.
http://www.usa.gov...

The authority of the federal government helps the nation to function smoothly and properly. Thus, the substantial decrease of the authority of the United States federal government would keep the nation from functioning properly.

C) The United States federal government should not substantially decrease it's authority.
Debate Round No. 1
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