Con 1st Construction
Resolved: On balance, the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission harms the election process. My partner and I strongly negate this resolution.
Means All things considered
Harms the Election Process =
Is anything that lowers participation, obfuscates the truth, gives certain people an advantage, or leads to corrupting results that clearly makes any given election worse
Citizens United v. FEC=
Was a United States Supreme Court case that held that the first amendment prohibited the government from restricted political support by corporations because the right to fund campaigns has the same qualities as the freedom of speech
Observation 2: Judging Criteria
In order for the affirmation to win this debate, my opponents must prove that this court case strongly undermines the essence of a democratic election process and that Citizens United fails to stimulate voters in any way.
In order for the negation to win this debate, we must prove that Citizens United does not harm the election process and helps informs voters on political views.
We will now proceed to prove the Citizens United does, in fact, aid the election process.
Contention 1: Citizens United Increases Political Speech and Enhances the Marketplace of Ideas________________________________
Political speech itself is valuable regardless of the author or its origin. The United States, as a representative democracy, relies on a well-educated electorate to process information and vote as they see fit. Integral to this is the existence of a well-functioning and diverse marketplace of ideas. Moreover, it is essential that this marketplace of ideas is allowed to function in a way that is free of interventions or...