Debate Essay

  • Presidential Debates

    country. Out of all the steps in the election process, debates have been an important factor. Atifete Jahjaga once said, “Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions.” Debates are crucial to American elections, as evidenced by the 1960, 1980, and 2016 debates, and they continue to be important because the way they are presented and covered constantly change to match technological advancements. In 1960, technology was moving forward at an impressive rate, and the first televised debates came at a pivotal moment in American history. The Democratic nominee was John F. Kennedy, a young, charismatic, and slightly unknown Massachusetts senator. The Republican nominee was Richard Nixon, an experienced government official who was at the time serving as vice president. Before their first debate occurred, earlier debates were few and far between with a small percentage of the population actually listening to them on the radio. However, when the Kennedy-Nixon debate came around, over sixty-six million Americans turned on their television sets to watch it. After the debate was over, when asked who won the debate people who watched the debate said Nixon looked sick and seemed extremely nervous, and that Kennedy won hands down. Contrastingly, people who only heard it over the radio said Nixon was the clear winner. The debate ultimately showed a different side to the…

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  • Vaccine Debate

    The debate on vaccines has caused distrust between parents and medical officials; now parents are not getting their children vaccinated, the government is stepping and the children are the ones stuck in the middle of this fight. In this paper, we will examine why this debate persists despite the fact that science has proven. What has parents so against vaccines, what is the government doing, and how is this effecting children. All three of these topic areas will help me show what this debate is…

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  • Euthanasia Debate

    Debate on the Legalization of Euthanasia Euthanasia is an assisted death to those with incurable diseases who wish to die peacefully instead of going through pain and suffering; on the other hand, euthanasia can be seen as legalized murder and used for the selfishness of family members. Since euthanasia has been legalized in the United States, debate has developed from the different views whether it is deliberate killing or an end to unbearable suffering. Also, there are two different kinds of…

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  • Utilitarianism Debate

    The passing of House Bill 2 (HB2) in North Carolina has been surrounded by controversy. Some groups have stated that the bill is designed to protect citizens of the state and therefore needs remain law. However, others believe that the bill is transphobic, homophobic, does not represent the state in the best light, and needs to be repealed. Both groups defend their positions by saying that the action they would like to see is the best course of action for the state and its citizens. Ethically,…

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  • Debate On Abortion

    Dr. Seuss once said, “A person is a person, no matter how small”. Abortion is a topic of debate across the world, and almost everyone has very strong feelings about it one way or the other. This topic raises hard to answer questions such as: when does life begin? At conception? At birth? Somewhere in between? It’s a difficult question to answer, but many have tried to define a line. Although a fetus does have some rights, I believe the fetus and embryo should have nearly complete protection and…

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  • The Moderator As A Debate

    leave room in the back for late comers. The moderator should start by saying, “This debate is now called to order...” in a clear, firm voice. This will quiet the room. In some situations, moderators may need to explain the debate procedure to the audience. It is particularly important to explain the procedure if there are many new JSAers present. Spending just a couple of minutes reviewing the format and rules at the beginning of the debate avoids confusion later and saves time. 2. Moderator…

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  • Diaper Debate

    Diaper Debate When my wife and I were expecting, we made a list of all the items that should be purchased before the baby arrived. The one item every one of our friends and relatives said we could not have enough of was diapers. We started early on by pricing plain, standard, and no frills disposable diapers. These were the diapers I knew and assumed were the only option for an on-the-go family like ours. I slowly noticed other families with new babies and trends among them. Not all babies…

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  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate Essay

    The Lincoln-Douglas Debates are a series of seven famous debates fought by Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in 1858. The debates were fought over the common issue of slavery. Slavery was either seen as a positive good for both white and black people, or as unhuman and sinful. Each debate lasted about three hours long and each politician spoke their thoughts bravely. The causes for these debates between the two men is a simple thing to understand. The causes were simply slavery and the issue…

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  • Lincoln Leuglas Debate Essay

    The Lincoln-Douglas Debates Slavery brought out both the worst and the best in people, and was the cause of many political controversies and debates. One of the most famous debates ever to take place was concerning slavery were the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. It was not over only slavery but also determined who got a seat in the senate. The outcome ended up having a major impact on both of these historical icons’ political careers which they were unaware of at the time the debates took…

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  • Leadership: My Debate Team

    joined the debate team when I was in the eighth grade and I did it all throughout high school because I really enjoyed the activity and being a part of a team. I was the captain of the team my senior year and this gave me the chance to step up and assume a leadership role and be a role model for the younger students just like the captains before me were a leader to me. Both of my debate coaches, Mr. Martino and Mrs. Shea, acknowledged how I was a strong leader and a role model on the team. They…

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