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PostSubject: Courtney's Affirmative #2 <--Revised   Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:16 am

Since my first one was too long, i just combined my 2nd and 3rd contentions...




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Hello, my name is Courtney Gray and I am the affirmative speaker in this debate round. This brief introduction provides the perfect illustration of why we need to affirm today’s resolution, which states: The United States of America ought to more highly value isolationism. I’ll concentrate on those final words which advised you to secure your mask before assisting others to present my big idea throughout this speech… and that is we must secure our country before we reach out to secure others. The value that I will be framing this resolution around is security which, is defined by Cambridge online dictionary as being positioned or fixed firmly and correctly and therefore not likely to move, fall or break. The big idea that I would like to persuade you on is this: We ought to more highly value isolationism because it will lead our Country to being more secure. Let me further explain by defining a few key terms in this resolution.
First I would like to emphasize the definition of isolationism which is defined by dictionary.com as the policy or doctrine of isolating one's country from the affairs of other nations by declining to enter into alliances, foreign economic commitments, international agreements, etc., seeking to devote the entire efforts of one's country to its own advancement and remain at peace by avoiding foreign entanglements and responsibilities. I would like to further look at another key phrase and that is ought to more highly value.
The word ought is key in this debate as it is defined by Cambridge online dictionary as to show when it is necessary, desirable or advantageous to perform the activity referred to by the following verb.
The verb that ought is referring to is value which is defined by Compact Oxford English Dictionary as consider to be important or beneficial.
Now I would like to return to my original thesis, and that is we must prioritize the security of our country before we make efforts to assist countries throughout the world. The best way we can do this is by more highly valuing isolationism.
It is important that you remember that affirming the resolution doesn’t lead us to adapting extreme policies or ways of cutting ourselves off from the world. Instead we can affirm the resolution just by adopting one or two small changes which reflect our nation’s desire to secure itself in any one of numerous political realms. For example: Would we not be more economically secure if we decreased our dependence on foreign oil? Would we not be more physically secure if we put more attention on developing security systems and intelligence to prevent terrorist attacks? Would we not benefit from investigating and developing ways to deter crime within our borders? There is and inherent need to focus on solutions that are confined to our national self interest.
C1- Let me start by elaborating on my first point: Foreign dependency decreases our national security. Imagine for a moment if you were running a race but the only way you could make progress is if you grabbed onto the shirt of the man running in front of you and you also had 5 people grabbing onto your own shirt. It is easy to see how your progress would be hampered by these demands. Foreign dependency is reflected in this analogy because it reflects the two types of dependency that needs to be addressed: US dependence on other countries and Other countries dependence on the US. One example of US foreign dependency is found in our dependence on foreign OIL. One historical example:
In 1973, OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) imposed an oil embargo against the United States and Western Europe for their support of Israel in the Yom Kippur war. Oil prices shot up with the embargo and the American economy collapsed into recession — but not without igniting inflation first.
In addition to this we also have other countries dependent on us..The United states is the single largest donor of foreign aid. It would be impossible to detail and debate every instance where the United states is supporting or securing other countries. It is possible to consider that at least in a few instances it might be in our best interest to decrease our involvement, thus enabling a country to become more independent. This decreased involvement would support more highly valuing isolationism.
C2- Now I’d like to move on to my second contention and that is: more highly valuing isolationism would assist our country in decreasing Foreign dependency. To support this lets look at just one way that we could decrease dependency. If we make an effort to find and utilize alternate methods of energy production thus decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. All I need to do to affirm this resolution is make small changes to our foreign policy which would reflect our countries desire to become less involved in world affairs. I am not advocating huge border walls, abrupt withdrawals, or uncompassionate apathy towards struggling countries. I am simply stating what the resolution says: we ought to more highly value isolationism. This can include making small changes, a tweak of the budget here, and a decrease of military support in areas that could afford this change.
In conclusion I would like to reiterate my value of security reguires us to affirm this resolution, we must prioritize the security of our country before we make efforts to assist countries throughout the world. The points I’ve used to support this argument are: …Foreign dependence decreases our national security, Decreasing this dependency would benefit our country, and Valuing isolationism would decrease dependency .
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PostSubject: Re: Courtney's Affirmative #2 <--Revised   Tue Feb 26, 2008 1:25 pm

Courtney

Since you are using an untraditional method of organization just make sure that you are very clear and what is what and were it goes
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