National Parliamentary Debate Association


2008-2009 Resolutions

Please note: Abbreviations are as follows:

  • TH = This House
  • USFG = United States Federal Government

Boilermaker Classic (Purdue University)

Submitted by Carrie Menapace and Chris Joffrion, Western Kentucky University

  • Round 1: On the issue of energy, Barack Obama is preferable to John McCain.
  • Round 2: The USFG should tighten safety guidelines on imports.
  • Round 3: In this instance, the use of military force is justified.
  • Round 4: TH should support a bridge to nowhere.
  • Round 5: The scope of anti-discrimination laws in the US should be expanded.
  • Round 6: The President of the US should have line-item veto power.
  • Octafinals: It is time to reinstate the Monroe Doctrine.
  • Quarterfinals: The US should reinstate Cold War politics.
  • Semifinals: The USFG should alter its foreign policy toward Pakistan.
  • Finals: The USFG should do more to protect its citizens from natural disasters.

Long Beach Warmup, Pt. 1

Submitted by Bill Neesen, California State-Long Beach and Andrew Hoag, San Diego Christian

  • Round 1: The United States government should stop military action in Pakistan
  • Round 2: The United States should not support Georgia’s addition to NATO
  • Round 3: The United States Government should increase off shore drilling for oil in US territory.
  • Round 4: The United States federal government should provide universal health care
  • Semifinals: The United States should back the recent power sharing agreement in Zimbabwe
  • Finals: The US government should make amends with Venezuela.

Long Beach Warmup, Pt. 2

Submitted by Katherine Preston, Cal State-Long Beach

  • Round 1: The USFG should significantly increase funding for alternative energy production.
  • Round 2: The USFG should construct one or more new liquid natural gas pipelines.
  • Round 3: The USFG should establish a policy to combat drug trafficking in the former Soviet states of central Asia.
  • Round 4: The USFG should ratify and implement the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
  • Semifinals: The USFG should assist Brazil in its development of civilian nuclear power.
  • Finals: The USFG should remove one or more animals from the endangered species list.

Cardinal Classic

Submitted by Dr. Gina Lane, William Jewell College

  • Round 1: The United States should significantly decrease tensions with Pakistan.
  • Round 2: The USFG should pass the Democratic economic stimulus bill.
  • Round 3: Georgia should be admitted into the North American Treaty Organization.
  • Round 4: The USFG should significantly relax restrictions on offshore oil drilling.
  • Semis: The United States Senate should ratify the U.S. – India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Initiative.
  • Finals: The USFG should substantially increase its oversight of the Federal Reserve Board.

Music City Invitational

Submitted by Rich Charley, Tennessee Tech University

  • Round 1: TH needs an economic intervention
  • Round 2: Palin is a greater detriment than benefit to McCain
  • Round 3: TH would act to curb Iran’s nuclear plans
  • Round 4: THB the time for peace has ended
  • Round 5: TH must throw in the towel
  • Round 6: The USFG should take a proactive stance for Natural Disasters
  • Quarterfinals: TH should take significant steps toward human rights violations
  • Semifinals: TH values fiscal responsibility over social welfare
  • Finals: The first new action as president of the USFG should be…

Western Kentucky Fiesta

Submitted by Carrie Menapace, Western Kentucky

  • Round 1 and 2: TH would support the creation of a Palestinian State
  • Round 3: The USFG should significantly restrict the growing medical tourism industry.
  • Round 4: The USFG should support increased domestic production and/or use of nuclear energy.
  • Round 5: All workers in the US should enjoy the protection of right to work laws.
  • Round 6: Adherance to feminism is detrimental to the pursuit of gender equality
  • Octafinals: The USFG should significantly curtail agriculture subsidies.
  • Quarters: The USFG should significantly increase funding for wetland restoration efforts.
  • Semifinals: In the instance of the US penal system, rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution.

Boot and Spur

Submitted by Matt Stannard, University of Wyoming

  • The United States should ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty
  • The United States should enact legislation requiring paper ballots in all federal elections
  • Poland should withdraw from its agreement with the United States on Ballistic Missile Defense
  • The United States should significantly increase the access of its citizens to post-secondary education
  • The United States Supreme Court should overrule U.S. v. Morrison, 529 U.S.598 (2000)

Claremont National Round Robin

Submitted by John Meany, Claremont McKenna College

  • The USFG should be obliged to tax the public to pay for its wars.
  • This House supports the Bush Administration’s European missile shield.
  • Indigenous peoples should have exclusive control of their archaeological sites.
  • An international tribunal should prosecute private security firms for war crimes.
  • The US should negotiate with terrorists.

Claremont National Open

Submitted by John Meany, Claremont McKenna College

  • Round 1: The United States Federal Government should significantly restrict consumer access to credit.
  • Round 2: Undocumented immigrants should pay out-of-state tuition at public universities.
  • Round 3: The United States Supreme Court should restrict trial by jury.
  • Round 4: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase the power of labor unions.
  • Round 5: The United States should significantly increase its foreign military commitments in Southwest Asia.
  • Round 6: This House opposes the NPT.
  • Round 7: In this case, the USFG should substantially limit patent protection.
  • Round 8: US foreign aid should be conditioned on democracy promotion.
  • Octafinals: The United Nations should restrict the right of veto in the Security Council.
  • Quarterfinals: The United States Federal Government should not collect information on race and ethnicity.
  • Semifinals: The United States should substantially reduce its arms exports.
  • Finals: In this case, This House rejects self-determination.

Pacific Lutheran Tournament

Submitted by Dr. Jim Hanson, Whitman College

  • Round 1: The US Congress should support a free trade agreement with Columbia.
  • Round 2: The USFG should increase wind or solar power use in the United States.
  • Round 3: The US should increase pressure on Russia over Georgia.
  • Round 4: The USFG should provide financial incentives for widespread green construction in the United States.
  • Round 5: The USFG should negotiate with Iranian leaders without preconditions.
  • Round 6: The US Congress should support a free trade agreement with Brazil.
  • Partial Double-Octafinals: The USFG should promote biomass energy fuel sources that are not used widely at the present time.
  • Octafinals: NATO should offer new security guarantees to one or more of the countries on the western border of Russia.
  • Quarters: The United States should adopt a policy to ensure all new government buildings are zero net emissions by 2011.
  • Finals: The US should adjust a Free Trade Agreement with a South American nation to support labor and/or environmental standards.

Golden Gate Season Opener

Submitted by Marlin Bates, University of the Pacific

  • Round 1: The USFG should significantly increase its constructive engagement with Iran.
  • Round 2: The USFG should significantly increase its military presence in Afghanistan.
  • Round 3: This house would open its borders.
  • Round 4: This house would create greener government.
  • Round 5: FEMA should be privatized.
  • Round 6: Corporate Executives should be held accountable for their decisions.
  • Octafinals: This House Believes that Native Americans should receive reparations.
  • Quarterfinals: The US Senate should ratify currently signed free trade agreements.
  • Semifinals: Russia should return to Communism.
  • Finals: In this instance: Non-Proliferation should be valued over peace.

Parliamentary League of the Upper Midwest #1

Submitted by Jon Loging, Bethany Lutheran College

  • Round 1: TH should establish basic rights for animals.
  • Round 2: Google is a bigger threat than Microsoft.
  • Round 3 – Case Study
  • Bronze: TH should propose an alternative to the bailout.
  • Gold: TH would put education in the hands of the students.

Debates on a Plain

Submitted by Ken Troyer, Sterling College

  • This house believes federal tax dollars should not be used to support faith based initiatives.
  • This house would prioritize organ transplant recipients for those who lead healthy lifestyles.
  • The United States Federal Government should act to further protect the rights of prisoners.
  • This house should save the ice.
  • The United States Federal Government should limit financial bailouts for private institutions.
  • The United States Federal Government should limit its foreign military commitments.
  • This house would adopt a standardized national curriculum for secondary education.

University of Wyoming

Submitted by Matt Stannard, University of Wyoming

  • Round 1: The United States should enact a tax on carbon emissions.
  • Round 2: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should admit Georgia as a member.
  • Round 3: The United States should provide asylum for economic refugees.
  • Round 4: The President of the United States should agree, without preconditions, to Presidential-level diplomatic meetings with Iran.
  • Round 5: This house would increase funding for community-based disaster response.
  • Round 6: On balance, regional trade blocs are better than the world of the WTO.
  • Round 7:
    • 1. The U.S. Supreme Court should overrule one or more decisions limiting Native American sovereignty
    • 2. The U.S. should end poppy eradication in Afghanistan
  • Elim 1: Russia is better off with a McCain presidency than an Obama presidency
  • Elim 2: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission should deny the Department of Energy’s request concerning Yucca Mountain

Concordia Invitational

Resolutions submitted by Konrad Hack, Concordia University-Irvine

  • Round 1: In choosing Sarah Palin to be his running mate, John McCain made the wrong choice.
  • Round 2: In choosing Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama made the wrong choice.
  • Round 3: The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 will create more harm than good.
  • Round 4: Government regulation of the mortgage industry created more harm than free market forces.
  • Round 5: The United States should eliminate the Electoral College.
  • Bronze Round: To fight the war on terror, John McCain is a better choice than Barack Obama.
  • Gold Round: Nancy Pelosi should resign the Speakership of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Missouri Mule (University of Central Missouri)

Topics submitted by Arthur Rennels, University of Central Missouri

  • Round 1: The USFG should act to substantially reduce military overstretch.
  • Round 2: The Federal bailout has prioritized Wall Street over Main Street.
  • Round 3: THS deregulate.
  • Round 5: In US foreign policy, building relations should supersede the war on terror.
  • Round 6: The USFG should establish a policy to significantly increase teacher recruitment in the United States.
  • Quarterfinals: THW embrace a flat tax.
  • Semifinals: Barack Obama’s Middle East policy is better than John McCain’s.
  • Finals: The Russian bear has come out of hibernation.

Claremont National Open

Topics submitted by John Meany, Claremont McKenna College

  • Round 1: This House opposes international adoption.
  • Round 2: Governments should require medical personnel to act against their personal ethics in the performance of their medical duties.
  • Round 3: Free speech should include Holocaust denial.
  • Round 4: This House supports diversity quotas for legislative assemblies.
  • Round 5: This House supports substantial increases in fuel taxes.
  • Round 6: Pakistan is more an enemy than an ally to the West.
  • Semifinals: This House would use political assassination.
  • Finals: This House supports slave reparations.

Jackrabbit Jousts (South Dakota State)

Topics submitted by Dan Olson, South Dakota State

  • Round 1: TH would take a chance.
  • Round 2: The United Nations needs help.
  • Round 3: TH would change its ways.
  • Round 4:TH would look to the past before looking towards the future.
  • Semifinals: THB North Korea and Iran are more dangerous than Afghanistan and Iraq.

Pioneer Invitational (Lewis & Clark)

Topics submitted by Dr. Derek Buescher, University of Puget Sound

  • Double-Octafinals: The USFG should reform the alternative minimum tax
  • Octafinals: The USFG should guarantee full due process rights for Guatanamo prisoners facing military tribunals.
  • Quarterfinals: The USFG should mandate that all electronic voting systems generate paper receipts.
  • Semifinals: Elect Barack Obama.
  • Finals: Congress should significantly expand one or more of the following programs: Americorps, Peace Corps, Youth Build Program

Fall HALF Parli Marathon, Part 1

Submitted by Collier Patton, Lone Star College-Kingwood

  • Round 1: This House would get this party started right.
  • Round 2: This House should stop the Somalian pirates.
  • Round 3: This House believes that self-sacrifice is the most noble goal.
  • Round 4: This House should implement mandatory national service.
  • Round 5: This House should elect her.
  • Round 6: In this instance, this House does not believe in the separation of Church and State.
  • Quarterfinals: This House would make up for lost time.
  • Semifinals: This House would reform the U.S. banking system.
  • Finals: This House would go home.

Fall HALF Parli Marathon, Part 1

Submitted by Collier Patton, Lone Star College-Kingwood

  • Round 1: This House would pay its bills.
  • Round 2: This House believes that might sometimes does make right.
  • Round 3: This House should take military action to stop the genocide.
  • Round 4: This House would raise the roof.
  • Round 5: This House should increase efforts to fight AIDS.
  • Round 6: This House believes that, when in conflict, man is more important than nature.
  • Quarterfinals: This House should stick together.
  • Semifinals: This House would help Americans secure their retirement.
  • Finals: This House would do it weekly.

Mt. San Antonio/Azusa Pacific Swing, Part 1

Topics submitted by Joey Mavity, Biola University

  • Round 1: The United States should implement a preferential voting system for the Presidential Election.
  • Round 2: The USFG should amend the constitution to allow for the line item veto.
  • Round 3: The European Union should actively encourage Ukrainian membership in the EU.
  • Round 4: Pakistan should strengthen its Afghani border against foreign incursions.
  • Round 5: The United Nations should amend Article 27 to remove veto power of one or more permanent member nations.
  • Quarterfinals: India should sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  • Semifinals: The UN should suspend ICC prosecution of al-Bashir on the condition that he steps down immediately.
  • Finals: “The USFG should authorize civil-nuclear cooperation with the nation-state of Pakistan.”

University of Puget Sound

Topics submitted by Dr. Derek Buescher, University of Puget Sound

  • Round 1: The United States should significantly increase its material support for counter-narcotics operations in Haiti.
  • Round 2: The USFG should establish a policy to restrict access to consumer credit in America.
  • Round 3: The US should overturn the water doctrine of prior appropriation in the American West.
  • Round 4: The USFG should reduce its patent terms to five years for all new pharmaceutical drugs in the US.
  • Round 5: The usfg should establish a policy regulating pollution from coal burning power plants.
  • Round 6: The US should expand and condition non-monetary foreign assistance to Zimbabwe.

Creighton University

Topics submitted by Glenn Prince, Rice University

  • Round 1: When in conflict, deregulation of the market ought to be valued over regulatory structures.
  • Round 2: In this instance, ethics should be shelved to promote scientific advancement.
  • Round 3: NATO should substantially alter its policy for combating drug production in Afghanistan.
  • Round 4: The United States federal government should abandon an ally in the Middle East.
  • Round 5: The United States would be better off with a parliamentary form of government.
  • Round 6: The United States federal government should reinvest in its domestic rail system.
  • Octafinals: The terms of United States Supreme Court Justices should be limited.
  • Quarterfinals: On national defense, Obama is better than McCain.
  • Semifinals: The United States federal government should substantially change its domestic water policy.
  • Finals: Cost-benefit analysis is a poor approach in the provision of health care.

Vocal Viking (Bethany Lutheran)

Topics submitted by Jon Loging, Bethany Lutheran College

  • Round 1: TH prefers the trick over the treat.
  • Round 2: TH should propose a new Reformation.
  • Round 3: Election day should be a national holiday.
  • Round 4: Assuming it could, TH would change the Electoral College.
  • Round 5: TH would require a 30-second rebuttal be attached to every political commercial.
  • Semifinals: TH would put its money where its mouth is.
  • Finals: Silence means consent.

Coyote Classic (College of Idaho)

Topics submitted by Mack Sermon, College of Idaho

  • Round 1: The first new policy of the new President of the United States should be___________
  • Round 2: The USFG should alter its foreign policy toward Pakistan.
  • Round 3: The United States Government should increase off shore drilling for oil in US territory.
  • Round 4: The USFG should significantly increase use of compressed natural gas.
  • Round 5: The United States should enact legislation requiring a paper backup for all electronic voting machine
  • Quarterfinals:The USFG should support increased domestic production and/or use of nuclear energy.
  • Semifinals: The USFG should significantly curtail agriculture subsidies.
  • Finals: The United States should eliminate the Electoral College.

Richard M. Weaver Tournament (Hillsdale College)

Topics submitted by Jeremy Christensen, Hillsdale College

  • Round 1: This House Believes That: The United States Federal Government should implement a national speed limit.
  • Round 2: This House Believes That: When in conflict, conserving the wilderness is more important than advancing economic development.
  • Round 3: This House Believes That: The States should allow convicted felons to vote.
  • Round 4: This House Believes That: In this instance, an activist interpretation of the United States Constitution is better than a literal interpretation.
  • Round 5: This House Believes That: The United States Federal Government should privatize secondary education.
  • Round 6: This House Believes That: A state’s right to self government is more important than the general interests of the United States Federal Government.
  • Quarterfinals: This House Believes That: The United States Federal Government should claim a portion of the Arctic.
  • Semifinals: This House Believes That: Many things considered, the automobile has done more harm than good in the United States.
  • Finals: This House Believes That: The United States should amend Article II, Section 1, of the US Constitution to permit naturalized citizens to serve as President of the United States.

Paul Winters Invitational (University of the Pacific)

Topics submitted by Kevin Calderwood, Southern Illinois University and Adam Kretz, Colorado College

  • Round 1: The United Nations Security Council should secure the East African Coast from pirates.
  • Round 2: The United States should ratify the United Nation’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
  • Round 3: This House believes that campaign advertising is detrimental to the electoral process.
  • Round 4: This house believes that the invisible hand is harmful to America’s financial institutions.
  • Round 5: One or more of the following US territories should become states: Puerto Rico, Northern Marianas, and American Samoa.
  • Round 6: The Federal Communications Commission should regulate video games.
  • Double Octafinals: The United States federal government should guarantee state revenue anticipation loans.
  • Octafinals: Trees in Old Growth Forest should have legal standing.
  • Quarterfinals: In this instance, NATO should withdraw.

Richard Hunsaker Invitational (McKendree College)

Topics submitted by Joe Blasdel, McKendree College

  • Round 1: USFG should decrease subsidies for the production of corn ethanol.
  • Round 2: USFG should decrease its use of regressive taxation.
  • Round 3: USFG should remove its missile defense systems from Eastern Europe.
  • Round 4: USFG should reject the doctrine of preemption.
  • Octafinals: The United States Federal Government should enact a policy to increase the production of nuclear energy.
  • Quarterfinals: The United States Federal Government should adjust the Troubled Asset Relief Program to help non-finance entities.
  • Semifinals: The United Nations Security Council should be restructured.
  • Finals: The United States Federal Government should increase Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards.

Richard Hunsaker Invitational (McKendree College), Part 2

Topics submitted by Joe Blasdel, McKendree College

  • Round 1: The President of the United States should be empowered to use the line item veto.
  • Round 2: The United States Federal Government should sign and ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
  • Round 3: The United States Federal Government should increase public financing for presidential elections.
  • Round 4: The United States Federal Government should counterbalance Chinese influence in Africa.
  • Octafinals: The United States Federal Government should incentivize the production of wind energy.
  • Quarterfinals: The United States Federal Government should militarily engage Iran.
  • Semifinals: Japan should amend Article 9 of its Constitution to allow for the use of force in collective self-defense.
  • Finals: Women should be required to register for the Selective Service.

Red River Swing (Louisiana State University-Shreveport)

Topics submitted by Jorji Jarzabek, Louisiana State University-Shreveport

  • Round 1: This House should go Green.
  • Round 2: This House would restructure American healthcare.
  • Round 3: This House believes the bailouts will hurt more than they will help.
  • Round 4: This House would be a penguin.
  • Round 5: This House should deal with Iran.
  • Round 6: TH should give the protection of human rights a higher priority in shaping America’s foreign policy.
  • Semifinals: TH believes that liberty is more precious than law.
  • Finals: TH believes that the economic health of a nation is more important than social programs for its citizens.

GGI (University of California-Berkeley)

Topics submitted by Libby Simas, University of California-Berkeley

  • Round 1: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should, by Constitutional Amendment, reform, but not abolish, the Electoral College.
  • Round 2: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should impose limitations on punitive damages in tort law suits.
  • Round 3: Resolved: The European Union should establish a policy to substantially increase imports of natural gas from countries other than Russia.
  • Round 4: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should support negotiations between Afghanistan and the Taliban.
  • Round 5: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should pass the Employee Free Choice Act.
  • Round 6: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should pass the Equal Justice for Our Military Act.
  • Double Octafinals: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should reverse Gramm-Leach-Biley Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999.
  • Octafinals: Resolved: Japan should amend Article 9 of its Constitution to allow for the use of force in collective-self defense.
  • Quarterfinals: Resolved: The use and announcement, prior to the commencement of the tournament, of topic areas, by tournament administrators, in parliamentary debate, is preferable to not using topic areas.
  • Semifinals: Resolved: The United States Federal Government should allow market based compensation to organ donors.
  • Finals: Resolved: The United Nations Security Counsel should recommend to the International Criminal Court that one or more top-level officials from one or more of the following states be prosecuted: Burma, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe.

Loyola University Rambler

Topics submitted by David Romanelli, Loyola University

  • Round 1: Resolved: that the USFG should create a national healthcare program.
  • Round 2: Resolved: that the USFG should eliminate farm subsidies.
  • Round 3: Resolved: that the USFG should take action to substantially decrease the home foreclosure rate.
  • Round 4: Resolved: that the United States Supreme Court should rule against affirmative action policies.
  • Round 5: Resolved: that the USFG should change course in relation to Pakistan.
  • Round 6: Resolved; that the USFG should change course in relation to Russia.
  • Octafinals: Resolved: that the USFG should change course with regard to China.
  • Quarterfinals/Novice Semis: Resolved: that the USFG should reinstate a draft.
  • Semifinals: Resolved: that the USFG should take action to decrease prison overcrowding,
  • Finals: Resolved: that the USFG should take action to prevent a nuclear Iran.

Clackamas Community College Tournament

Topics submitted by Rob Layne, Williamette University

  • Round 1: Resolved: OPEC should be publically owned.
  • Round 2: The Russian Bear has come out of hibernation.
  • Round 3: The actions of corporations ought to be held to the same moral standards as the actions of individuals.
  • Round 4: This House believes that there is no legitimate authority to define or license personal relationships.
  • Round 5: National security should not be for sale.
  • Semifinals: The UN should leave the pirates alone.

PSCFA Fall Champs

  • Rounds 1 and 2: Resolved: The United States should adopt universal health care.
  • Round 3: This House should sing louder.
  • Round 4: This House believes defense wins championships.
  • Round 5: This House supports salary caps.
  • Round 6: This House supports the United Nations.
  • Elim 1: President Bush should be tried for War Crimes.
  • Elim 2: This House believes international adoption should be banned.
  • Elim 3: This House believes Relativism is morally bankrupt.
  • Elim 4: Presidential pardons should be subject to Senate approval

Grossmont College

Submitted by Dr. Skip Rutledge, Pt. Loma Nazarene University

  • Round 1: Proposition 8 should be declared unconstitutional.
  • Round 2: The United States Federal Government should bail out the American auto industry.
  • Round 3: In times of economic crisis, environmental concerns ought to be less critical.
  • Round 4: The NCAA should allow college athletes to be paid for representing their colleges in competitive sports.
  • Bronze Round: The Supreme Court’s recent sonar testing decision unfairly favors military interests over marine mammals’ interests.
  • Silver/Gold Round: This house believes that those advocating more tolerance should show more tolerance.
  • Final Round: This house prefers support main street rather than wall street.

Smelt Classic (Lower Columbia College)

Submitted by Dr. Mike Dugaw, Lower Columbia College

  • Round 1: Resolved: Supreme Court Justices should have a mandatory retirement age.
  • Round 2: Resolved: Supreme Court Justices should have a mandatory retirement age.
  • 3. Feminism is no longer a useful social movement.
  • 4. This House would help Americans secure their retirement.
  • 5. This House should be working on the Railroad.
  • Quarterfinals: Resolved: The American Dream is on Life Support.
  • Semifinals: Globalization has caused more harm than good.
  • Finals: The first new policy of the Obama Administration should be______________

Blue Dragon Forensics and Debate Tournament (Hutchinson Community College)

Results submitted by Andrew Kemp, Hutchinson Community College

  • This house should substantially alter its foreign policy towards Russia.
  • This house should significantly increase the production of alternative energy.
  • This house believes government is good.
  • This house would pass a new economic stimulus package.
  • This house would steer clear of danger.
  • This house would eliminate the death penalty.
  • This house would employ American soft-power.
  • This house would give a tax break.
  • This house believes Obama was the wrong choice.
  • This house would create new regulations on the economy.
  • This house believes Obama was the right choice.
  • This house would protect the minority.
  • This house would meet with enemies.
  • This house would produce more nuclear energy.
  • This house would increase regulations on gun ownership.
  • This house would allow gay marriage.
  • This house would privatize social security.
  • This house would set new environmental restrictions.
  • This house would run into the fire.
  • This house would enlarge NATO.
  • This house would significantly change its foreign policy towards China.
  • This house would significantly increase its constructive engagement with Iran.
  • This house would replace the Electoral College with a new system.
  • This house would limit US security commitments.

Washbeach Swing, Pt. 1 (Washburn University)

Resolutions submitted by Dr. Gina Lane, William Jewell College; Nick Robinson, Willamette University; Dr. Kevin O’Leary, Washburn University

  • Round 1: The USFG should offer sanctuary to Robert Mugabe.
  • Round 2: The USFG should repeal anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
  • Round 3: The State of New Jersey should permit same sex marriage.
  • Round 4: The USFG should prohibit its military forces from entering Pakistani territory.
  • Round 5: The USFG should establish a national renewable energy portfolio standard to promote the generation of electricity from the following sources: hydrokinetics, geothermal, and solar.

Butler Bulldog Battle

Resolutions submitted by Jeremy Christensen, Hillsdale College

  • Round 1: The United States Federal Government should change its policy toward Israel.
  • Round 2: When in conflict, punishing a person is better than disciplining a person.
  • Round 3: The United States Federal Government should provide additional incentives for the development of alternative energies.
  • Round 4: When in conflict, community interests are more important than individual interests.
  • Quarterfinals: The United States Federal Government should reform America’s safety net for persons aged 65 and over.
  • Semifinals: This House Believes That: Professional sports have had a pernicious effect on American culture.
  • Finals: This House would condemn Indiana Jones.

Chicken or the Egg Tournament

Resolutions submitted by Dr. Tom Preston, Gainesville State College

  • Round 1: This house believes that the United States should place greater emphasis on human rights over military preparedness in its foreign policy.
  • Round 2: This house had rather be dead than red.
  • Round 3: That the best energy is alternative energy.
  • Round 4: This house would put education in the hands of the students.
  • Quarterfinals: Resolved: That the United States should place more emphasis on its relationship with Latin America than under the status quo.
  • Semifinals: Resolved: That Russia is reverting back into the Soviet Union.
  • Finals: Resolved: That this house would prefer a U. S. American exceptionalist world view over a multicultural world view.

Eddy Shell Invitational

Resolutions submitted by Jorji Jarzabek, Louisiana State University-Shreveport

  • Round 1: TH believes that you cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • Round 2: TH beleves that the MRA increase for the national congress is too high.
  • Round 3: TH should limit postal delivery to 5 days a week.
  • Round 4: TH believes the defense will prevail.
  • Round 5: TH believes that the truth is out there.
  • Round 6: TH believes that we should give up on Internet controls.
  • Semifinals: TH believes that Green is about the green.

Western Washington

Resolutions submitted by Annaleigh Curtis, Western Washington; Matthew Hogan, University of Nebraska-Reno

  • Round 1: The EPA should grant California a waiver from the Clean Air Act.
  • Round 2: The USFG should ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty.
  • Round 4: The Republic of China should grant amnesty to political refugees from the People’s Republic of China.
  • Round 5: President Obama should lift restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
  • Round 6: The UN should establish a peacekeeping operation in Sri Lanka.

Sleet Invitational Topics

Resolutions submitted by Eric Wallace, Concordia University

  • Rounds 1 & 2:  THW follow a more aggressive foreign policy toward Russia.
  • Round 3:  The United States Senate should reject the nomination of Eric H. Holder, Jr.
  • Round 4: The Bowl Championship Series should be restructured.
  • Round 5: THW eliminate the death penalty.
  • Round 6:  The USFG should reform the Federal Election Commission.
  • Semifinals: The 1948 partition of Palestine was wrong.
  • Finals: THB that religion has no place in the public square.

Sun Invitational Topics

Resolutions submitted by Eric Wallace, Concordia University and Dr. Michael Dreher, Bethel University

  • Round 1: The United States should mandate universal access to broadband.
  • Round 2: The United States should reconsider its value system.
  • Round 3: The USFG should increase its diplomatic relations with Pakistan.
  • Round 4: The USFG should increase its diplomatic relations with Venezuela.
  • Semifinals: Beat around the Bush.
  • Finals: In this instance, the United States Congress should reject Obama’s recommendation.

Tennessee Intercollegiate Forensic Association Tournament

Resolutions submitted by Jason Stahl, Belmont University

  • Round 1:  THW save the daily newspaper.
  • Round 2:  USFG should make commercial flights safer.
  • Round 3:  THW ensure toy safety.
  • Round 4:  TH values economic recovery over capitalism.
  • Semi-Finals:  THW increase its pursuit of pirates.
  • Finals:  THBT credit checks are an accurate measure of responsibility.

Minnesota Intercollegiate Forensic Association Tournament

Resolutions submitted by Dr. Michael Dreher, Bethel University

  • Round 1:  Resolved: Minnesota is due for another bridge collapse.
  • Round 2: It’s time for No Child Left Behind, Part II.
  • Round 3: The United States should increase the use of wind power.
  • Round 4:  Resolved: The NCAA should let Division I athletes be paid for participating in athletics.
  • Quarterfinals: TH would open its borders.
  • Semifinals: TH would dance the line between order and chaos.
  • Finals: In this instance, we should eliminate an unwritten rule of forensics.

McSloy Tournament (Whitman College)

Resolutions submitted by Glenn Prince, Rice University

  • Round 3: USFG should implement a cap and trade system for the transportation sector.
  • Quarterfinals: The US should make a substantial concession to the PRC concerning human rights.

Withycombe Tournament (Whitman College)

Resolutions submitted by Glenn Prince, Rice University

  • Octas : USFG should establish a comprehensive national conservation policy in the US.
  • Finals: The US should make a significant concession to the PRC concerning US military action in East Asia.

Pt. Loma Round Robin

Resolutions submitted by Kevin Calderwood, Southern Illinois University

  • Round 1: Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like Vietnam.
  • Round 2: The Stimulus does more harm than good.
  • Round 3: We should choose hope over fear.
  • Round 5: The United States federal government should significantly increase its support for solar and wind energy.
  • Semis: THBT human rights should be valued above national sovereignty
  • Finals: Environmental concerns become less important during times of economic crisis.

University of Puget Sound Free Tournament

Resolutions submitted by Dr. Derek Buescher, University of Puget Sound

  • Round 1:  The United States should hold direct talks with Iran.
  • Round 2: The United States should adopt a policy of constructive engagement with North Korea.
  • Round 3: The USFG should establish a Strict Precautionary Principle for the development of nanotechnology in the US
  • Round 4: The Israeli Defense Forces should publicly adopt a nuclear posture of no-first-use.
  • Round 5: The USFG should ban the use of antibiotics in the production of all domestic dairy products.
  • Partial Octas: The United States should intervene in Tibet.
  • Quarterfinals: The US should increase pressure on China to cease currency manipulation.

Sunset Cliffs (Pt. Loma Nazarene)

Resolutions submitted by Kevin Calderwood, Southern Illinois University

  • Round 1: The United States should even extend a hand to a closed fist.
  • Round 2: We should restore science to its rightful place.
  • Round 3: When in conflict safety should be valued more than principles of idealism.
  • Round 4: On balance, Wal Mart has done more good than harm in America.
  • Round 5: President Obama should choose between focusing his primary efforts on Afghanistan or the economy.
  • Round 6: Religious expression should be granted a wider degree of latitude in public life.
  • Double Octas: The nation cannot prosper long when it favors the prosperous.
  • Octas: The United States government should enter into new environmental accords.
  • Quarters: The United States government should mandate a service learning component in all United States public high schools.
  • Semis: The President should relinquish one or more of the executive powers acquired by the last Administration.
  • Finals: President Obama is a false messiah.

Spring HALF Parli Marathon, Part 1

Resolutions submitted by Collier Patton, Lonestar College

  • Round 1: TH would support labor unions.
  • Round 2: TH should value form over function.
  • Round 3: TH would put a ring on it.
  • Round 4: TH would laissez le bon temps roulez.
  • Round 5: TH would significantly improve the welfare system.
  • Round 6: When in conflict, TH would value action over discourse.
  • Quarterfinals: TH would shout it from the rooftops.
  • Semifinals: TH would fix the infrastructure.
  • Finals: TH is halfway there.

Spring HALF Parli Marathon, Part 2

Resolutions submitted by Collier Patton, Lonestar College

  • Round 1: TH would wait in line.
  • Round 2: TH would value freedom of speech over non-discrimination.
  • Round 3: TH would stimulate the economy.
  • Round 4:  TH should reject socialism.
  • Round 5:  TH would implement national health care.
  • Round 6:  TH believes that justice is peeking.
  • Quarterfinals:  In this instance, TH believes that torture is justified.
  • Semifinals: TH would value innovation over conformity.
  • Finals:  TH would issue an amber alert.

Get a Clue Tournament

Resolutions submitted by Jeremy Christensen, Hillsdale College

  • Round 1: THBT Economic concerns constitute a greater threat to US security than terrorism.
  • Round 2: US colleges and universities should phase out tenure for all faculty members.
  • Round 3:  THBT the social benefits of internet voyeurism outweigh the privacy concerns.
  • Round 4: The United States Federal Government should increase support for American automobile development and/or manufacturing.
  • Quarterfinals: TH laments the decline of industrialization.
  • Semifinals: The United States Federal government should subsidize broadband internet.
  • Finals: (Did not occur) TH would watch the watchmen.

Hatfield Debates

Resolutions submitted by Rob Layne, Willamette University

  • Round 1: When dealing with mental health care, therapy should be preferred over pharmaceuticals.
  • Round 2: In the case of Zimbabwe, military engagement should be preferred over diplomacy.
  • Round 3: This House should legalize polygamy.
  • Round 4: This House should reinstitute its term limits.
  • Round 5: The EU should implement restrictions on immigration between member states.
  • Round 6: The United Nations should create its own standing military force.
  • Octafinals/Semifinals (World’s): France should end its relationship with NATO.
  • Quarterfinals/Finals (World’s): Resolved: National Standards for education are more valuable than locally developed curricula.
  • Semifinals: The United States Forest Service should be significantly reformed.
  • Finals: Burris should resign.

Northwest Novice/JV Championship

Resolutions submitted by Mary Lynn Veden, University of Washington

  • Round 1: The USFG should nationalize failing banks.
  • Round 2: Canada should withdraw from NAFTA.
  • Round 3: The United Nations should establish a PKO in Sri Lanka.
  • Round 4: The USFG should enfranchise the District of Columbia.
  • Elim 1: The USFG should increase political pressure on the PRC over the issue of Tibet
  • Elim 2: The ICC should rescind the arrest warrant of Sudan’s President Bashir.

Wyoming Free Scrimmage

Resolutions submitted by Matt Stannard, University of Wyoming

  • Round 1: This house supports single-payer health care in the United States.
  • Round 2: The European Union should significantly increase its peace efforts concerning Israel and Palestine.
  • Round 3: Concerning broadcast media, this house prefers self-regulation to federal regulation.
  • Round 4: The United States Federal Government should establish an energy policy requiring a substantial reduction in the total nongovernmental consumption of fossil fuels in the United States.
  • Round 5: NATO should establish a no-fly zone over Darfur and Eastern Chad.
  • Semis: This house supports mandatory limits on executive compensation in the United States.

27th Novice Nationals

The tournament used Phi Rho Pi rules; thus, three resolutions per round. The topic committee consisted of Dr. Michael Dreher, Bethel University; Dan Schabot, Cameron University; and Dave Gaer, Laramie County Community College.

  • Round 1:
    • THBT Brand America will regain its shine.
    • TH would stop debating.
    • The USFG should intervene in Mexico.
  • Round 2:
    • Resolved: TH should end the race.
    • The United Nations should take steps to stop the Somali pirates.
    • The USFG should nationalize the banking system in the United States.
  • Round 3:
    • TH would get off the bandwagon.
    • The USFG should regulate fertility treatments.
    • Resolved: The United Nations should eliminate permanent member status on the Security Council.
  • Round 4:
    • TH believes video games increase America’s crime rate.
    • President Obama should ratify the treaty for the International Criminal Court.
  • Round 5:
    • TH wants to jive.
    • The USFG should nationalize U.S. banks that are capital deficient.
    • The US should engage Venezuela.
  • Round 6:
    • The US should engage Zimbabwe.
    • We don’t need no education major.
    • The United States should stimulate the middle class.
  • Octafinals:
    • The United States should take steps to re-separate powers.
    • The United Nations should recognize the Burmese government.
    • TH ought to open its borders.
  • Quarterfinals:
    • The U.S. Senate should seat Al Franken.
    • Resolved: Sarbanes-Oxley should apply to hedge funds.
    • The U.N. should contribute to the development of a Kurdish state.
  • Semifinals:
    • TH would leave it sealed
    • The US Federal Government should significantly reform the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Finals:
    • The USFG should legalize marijuana.
    • The USFG should get rid of the tax man.
    • The USFG should substantially reduce foreign aid.