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-*'''[[Debate: Pornography| Pornography]]''' - July 27th, 2011.+*'''[[Debate: Obama executive order to raise the debt ceiling]]''' - August 1st, 2001.
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-*'''PRO: Pornography does not count as adultery.''' [[Image:Barely legal.jpg|right|160px]][http://www.juliansanchez.com/2008/06/19/porndultery/ Julian Sanchez. "Porndultery." June 19th, 2008]: "What counts as adultery is a function of the understanding, explicit or implicit, a particular couple has. Some couples, after all, go in for “voyeuristic gratification” together. So what we’re really talking about is what we think a reasonable modal implicit contract is about. One obvious reason adultery is typically ruled out is the risk of contracting a disease from or impregnating (or becoming pregnant by) another partner, which obviously isn’t an issue here. [...] If we don’t stand strong in defending the traditional definition of adultery as the union of one man and one woman, we risk rendering the institution meaningless. After all, if adultery can mean anything, then it ultimately means nothing."+*'''[[Argument: Debt unquestionable under 14th; Obama can raise ceiling| Debt unquestionable under 14th; Obama can raise ceiling]]''' [[Image:Meeting of Washington Leaders.jpg|right|200px]]In 1935, the Supreme Court held that despite the Civil War context, the amendment clearly referred to all federal debt, providing a justification for Obama acting to uphold US public debt obligations in 2011: "While [the 14th Amendment] was undoubtedly inspired by the desire to put beyond question the obligations of the government issued during the Civil War, its language indicates a broader connotation. We regard it as confirmatory of a fundamental principle which applies as well to the government bonds in question, and to others duly authorized by the Congress as to those issued before the amendment was adopted. Nor can we perceive any reason for not considering the expression 'the validity of the public debt' as embracing whatever concerns the integrity of the public obligations."[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/28/14th-amendment-debt-ceiling-unconstitutional-democrats_n_886442.html]
-*'''CON: [[Argument: Watching pornography can amount to adultery| Watching pornography can amount to adultery]]''' Porn is a "continuum of betrayal." By sharing that private, sexual experience with someone other than one's partner, it is infidelity. In the Bible, Jesus of Nazareth says: “I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”[http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/10/is-pornography-adultery/6989/] +*'''CON: 14th Amendment applies only to Civil War debts.''' ''Larry Darter. "Invoking 14th Amendment to Raise Debt Ceiling Would be Unwise." Suite101.com. July 27th, 2011:'' "the part that is not being talked about or aired in the media is important in understanding the history and intent behind the portion being bandied about by Democrats: 'But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.' One need not be a constitutional lawyer to see after reading Section 4 in its entirety that the 14th Amendment was post-Civil War Reconstruction legislation."
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 +*'''[[Debate: Pornography| Pornography]]''' - July 27th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Legality of coca production and consumption| Legality of coca production and consumption]]''' - July 20th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Legality of coca production and consumption| Legality of coca production and consumption]]''' - July 20th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Ban on sale of violent video games to minors| Ban on sale of violent video games to minors]]''' - July 8th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Ban on sale of violent video games to minors| Ban on sale of violent video games to minors]]''' - July 8th, 2011.

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    In 1935, the Supreme Court held that despite the Civil War context, the amendment clearly referred to all federal debt, providing a justification for Obama acting to uphold US public debt obligations in 2011: "While [the 14th Amendment] was undoubtedly inspired by the desire to put beyond question the obligations of the government issued during the Civil War, its language indicates a broader connotation. We regard it as confirmatory of a fundamental principle which applies as well to the government bonds in question, and to others duly authorized by the Congress as to those issued before the amendment was adopted. Nor can we perceive any reason for not considering the expression 'the validity of the public debt' as embracing whatever concerns the integrity of the public obligations."[1]
  • CON: 14th Amendment applies only to Civil War debts. Larry Darter. "Invoking 14th Amendment to Raise Debt Ceiling Would be Unwise." Suite101.com. July 27th, 2011: "the part that is not being talked about or aired in the media is important in understanding the history and intent behind the portion being bandied about by Democrats: 'But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.' One need not be a constitutional lawyer to see after reading Section 4 in its entirety that the 14th Amendment was post-Civil War Reconstruction legislation."
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