APUSH Debate

Topics: Federal government of the United States, United States Constitution, Government Pages: 3 (720 words) Published: December 16, 2014
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First affirmative constructive:

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially decrease its authority to detain without charge or to search without probable cause

Starting with definitions first is Federal Government “an organization established by the US constitution to make and enforce the laws for the US”.

We would like to draw a distinction between the government authorities ( such as police officers, DEA, FBI etc) and u.s armed forces, The distinction from the military is important, especially because the military may be an enforcement arm of the government. but under posse comitatus active military personnel cannot be used to “execute the laws” except where explicitly authorized by Constitution or Congress (for examples cases of martial law). (Making this distinction narrows the scope of the resolution a bit since posse comitatus has been law since Civil War reconstruction.

The second term we would like too define is “should” - used in auxiliary function (personal property, desirable property) to express obligation, propriety, or expedience.

The third term we would like to define is authority - “ a governmental agency or corporation to administer a revenue producing public enterprise. Or, power to influence or command thought, opinion, or behavior. Specifically, consider where federal authority comes from, what limits exist on that authority and who sets as well as enforces those limits. Authority is vested in the legitimized use of force. When you come down to it, a policeman’s authority is vested in the potential for legitimate use of force as well. The phrase “stop or I’ll shoot” is a great example. If you don’t stop, I’m authorized to shoot you, hence the authority. Now consider this, what authority figure wants less authority? Have your parents ever said, “you know what, I don’t want authority, let’s just do whatever you think we should do, I’ll follow your directions...
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