The Supreme Court and Democracy

Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best. Individuals on both sides of the issue passionately, but respectfully, attempted to persuade their fellow citizens to accept their views. Americans considered the arguments and put the question to a vote. The electorates of 11 States, either directly or through their representatives, chose to expand the traditional definition of marriage. Many more decided not to. Win or lose, advocates for both sides continued pressing their cases, secure in the knowledge that an electoral loss can be negated by a later electoral win. That is exactly how our system of government is supposed to work.”

— Antonin Scalia in Obergefell v. Hodges

My take on the Stoa Spring Vote 2015 – Part 4 – TP resolutions

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So, the Stoa 2015 Spring Vote items are out, and you’re wondering what you should vote for. Here is a brief analysis of each item on the ballot this May. We last looked at the four proposed LD resolutions. Let’s now briefly go over the three proposed TP resolutions.

I am not a team policy debater, so I’m only going to compile the sentiments I’ve heard expressed in social media, etc.

Team Policy Debate Resolutions – Stoa Speech and Debate

Dear Team Policy Debaters, 1. The United States federal government should substantially increase its engagement toward the People’s Republic of China. 2. Resolved: That the United States federal government should substantially change its policy toward one or more private or federal retirement programs in the United States.

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My take on the Stoa Spring Vote 2015 – Part 3 – LD resolutions

By Kirk Bravender

So, the Stoa 2015 Spring Vote items are out, and you’re wondering what you should vote for. Here is a brief analysis of each item on the ballot this May. We last looked at OI vs. Storytelling. Let’s take a look at the four proposed LD resolutions. Look for a discussion about the TP resolutions later on.

Lincoln Douglas Value Debate Resolutions – Stoa Speech and Debate

Vote: For Two of the Resolutions Developing countries ought to prioritize economic growth over environmental protection. 4. Resolved: The use of economic sanctions to achieve U.S. foreign policy goals is moral. The key to this resolution is the word moral. The word goals implies a level of pragmatism, so is this a directly pragmatic question?

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