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-*'''[[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]+*'''[[Argument: Debt unquestionable under 14th; Obama can raise ceiling| Debt unquestionable under 14th; Obama can raise ceiling]]''' [[Image:Meeting of Washington Leaders.jpg|right|220px]]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: 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." *'''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: 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.[[Image:Map of the world.jpg|right|240px]]
*'''[[Debate: Mandatory ultrasounds before abortions| Mandatory ultrasounds before abortions]]''' - June 30th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Mandatory ultrasounds before abortions| Mandatory ultrasounds before abortions]]''' - June 30th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: US intervention in Libya| US intervention in Libya]]''' - June 19th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: US intervention in Libya| US intervention in Libya]]''' - June 19th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Should colleges ban fraternities?|Should colleges ban fraternities?]]''' - June 15th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Should colleges ban fraternities?|Should colleges ban fraternities?]]''' - June 15th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Random sobriety tests for drivers|Random sobriety tests for drivers]]''' - June 7th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Random sobriety tests for drivers|Random sobriety tests for drivers]]''' - June 7th, 2011.
-*'''[[Debate: Home plate collision rule in baseball| Home plate collision rule in baseball]]''' - June 1, 2011.[[Image:Map of the world.jpg|right|240px]]+*'''[[Debate: Home plate collision rule in baseball| Home plate collision rule in baseball]]''' - June 1, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Child beauty pageants| Child beauty pageants]]''' - May 28th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Child beauty pageants| Child beauty pageants]]''' - May 28th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Trans fat ban| Trans fat ban]]''' - May 19th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Trans fat ban| Trans fat ban]]''' - May 19th, 2011.
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*'''[[Debate: Seattle deep-bore tunnel| Seattle deep-bore tunnel]]''' - April 13th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Seattle deep-bore tunnel| Seattle deep-bore tunnel]]''' - April 13th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Should the US arm Libyan rebels?| Should the US arm Libyan rebels?]]''' - April 2nd, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Should the US arm Libyan rebels?| Should the US arm Libyan rebels?]]''' - April 2nd, 2011.
-*'''[[Debate: High-speed rail| High-speed rail]]''' - March 30th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Mandatory military service| Mandatory military service]]''' - March 26th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: No-fly zone over Libya| No-fly zone over Libya]]''' - March 15th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Military recruiting in public schools| Military recruiting in public schools]]''' - March 11th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Bullfighting| Bullfighting]]''' - March 8th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Collective bargaining rights for public unions| Collective bargaining rights for public unions]]''' - March 4th, 2011. 
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  • Debt unquestionable under 14th; Obama can raise ceiling
    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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