Past Resolutions

This page hosts the past resolutions for various formats of debate:

Policy Debate

2017 – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China.
2016 – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.
2015 – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.
2014 – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela.
2013 – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States.
2012 – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its exploration and/or development of space beyond the Earth’s mesosphere.
2011 – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its military and/or police presence in one or more of the following: South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey.
2010 – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase social services for persons living in poverty in the United States.
2009 – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase alternative energy incentives in the United States.
2008 – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its public health assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa.
2007 – Resolved: The United States federal government should establish a policy substantially increasing the number of persons serving in one or more of the following national service programs: AmeriCorps, Citizen Corps, Senior Corps, Peace Corps, Learn and Serve America, Armed Forces.
2006 – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially decrease its authority either to detain without charge or to search without probable cause.
2005 – Resolved: That the United States federal government should establish a foreign policy substantially increasing its support of United Nations peacekeeping operations.
2004 – Resolved: That the United States federal government should establish an ocean policy substantially increasing protection of marine natural resources.
2003 – Resolved: That the United States federal government should substantially increase public health services for mental health care in the United States.
2002 – Resolved: That the United States federal government should establish a foreign policy significantly limiting the use of weapons of mass destruction.
2001 – Resolved: That the United States federal government should significantly increase protection of privacy in the United States in one or more of the following areas: employment, medical records, consumer information, search and seizure.
2000 – Resolved: That the federal government should establish an education policy to significantly increase academic achievement in secondary schools in the United States.
1999 – Resolved: That the United States should substantially change its foreign policy toward Russia.
1998 – Resolved: That the federal government should establish a policy to substantially increase renewable energy use in the United States.
1997 – Resolved: That the federal government should establish a program to substantially reduce juvenile crime in the United States.
1996 – Resolved: That the United States government should substantially change its foreign policy toward to people’s Republic of China.
1995 – Resolved: That the United States government should substantially strengthen regulation of immigration to the United States.
1994 – Resolved: That the federal government should guarantee comprehensive national health insurance to all United States Citizens
1993 – Resolved: That the United States government should reduce worldwide pollution through its trade and/or aid policies.
1992 – Resolved: That the federal government should significantly increase social services to homeless individuals in the United States.
1991 – Resolved: That the United States government should significantly increase space exploration beyond the earth’s mesosphere.
1990 – Resolved: That the federal government should adopt a nationwide policy to decease overcrowding in prisons and jails in the United States.
1989 – Resolved: That the federal government should implement a comprehensive program to guarantee retirement security for United States citizens over age 65.
1988 – Resolved: That the United States should adopt a policy to increase political stability In Latin America.
1987 – Resolved: That the federal government should implement a comprehensive, long term agricultural policy in the United States.
1986 – Resolved: That the federal government should establish a comprehensive national policy to protect the quality of water in the United States.
1985 – Resolved: That the federal government should provide employment for all employable United States citizens living in poverty.
1984 – Resolved: That the Unites States should establish uniform rules governing the procedure of all criminal courts in the nation.
1983 – Resolved: That the United States should significantly curtail its arms sales to other countries.
1982 – Resolved: That the federal government should establish minimum educational standards for elementary and secondary schools in the United States.
1981 – Resolved: That the federal government should initiate and enforce safety guarantees on consumer goods.
1980 – Resolved: That the Units States should significantly change its foreign trade policies.
1979 – Resolved: That the federal government should establish a comprehensive program to significantly increase the energy Independence of the United States.
1978 – Resolved: That the federal government should establish a comprehensive program to regulate the health care system in the Units States.
1977 – Resolved: That a comprehensive program of penal & iii should be adopted throughout the United States.
1976 – Resolved: That the development and allocation of scarce world resources should be controlled by an international organization.
1975 – Resolved: That the United States should significantly change the method of selecting presidential and vice-presidential candidates.
1974 – Resolved: That the federal government should guarantee a minimum annual income to each family unit
1973 – Resolved: That governmental financial support for all public and secondary education in the United States be provided exclusively by the federal government.
1972 – Resolved: That the jury system in the United States should be significantly changed.
1971 – Resolved: That the federal government should establish, finance and administer programs to control air and/or water pollution in the wilted States.
1970 – Resolved: That Congress should prohibit unilateral United States military intervention in foreign counties.
1969 – Resolved: That the United States should establish a system of compulsory service by all citizens.
1968 – Resolved: That Congress should prohibit unilateral Units States military intervention in foreign counties.
1967 – Resolved: that the foreign aid program of the United States should be limited to nonmilitary assistance.
1966 – Resolved: That the federal government should adopt a program of compulsory arbitration in labor management disputes in basic industries.
1965 – Resolved: That nuclear weapons should be controlled by an International organization.
1964 – Resolved: That Social Security benefits should be extended to include complete medical care.
1963 – Resolved: That the United States should promote a Common Market for the western hemisphere.
1962 – Resolved: That the federal government should equalize educational opportunity by means of grants to the states for public elementary and secondary education.
1961 – Resolved: That the Units Nations should be significantly strengthened.
1960 – Resolved: That the federal government should substantially increase its regulation of labor unions.
1959 – Resolved: That the Units States should adapt the essential features of the British system of education.
1958 – Resolved: That Units States foreign aid should be substantially increased.
1957 – Resolved: That the federal government should sustain the prices of major agricultural products at not less than 90% of panty.
1956 – Resolved: That governmental subsidies should be granted according to need to high school graduates who qualify for additional training.
1955 – Resolved: That the federal government should initiate a policy of free trade among nations friendly to the United States.
1954 – Resolved: that the President of the United States should be elected by the direct vote of the people.
1953 – Resolved: that the Atlantic pact nations should form a federal union.
1952 – Resolved: That all American citizens should be subject to conscription for essential service in time of war.
1951 – Resolved: That the American people should reject the welfare state.
1950 – Resolved: That the President of the United States should be elected by the direct vote of the people.
1949 – Resolved: That the United Nations now be revised into a federal World Government
1948 – Resolved: That the federal government should require arbitration of labor disputes in all basic American industries.
1947 – Resolved: That the federal government should provide a system of complete medical care available to all citizens at public expense.
1946 – Resolved: That every able bodied male citizen of the United States should have one year of frill time military training before attaining age 24.
1945 – Resolved: That the legal voting age should be reduced to eighteen years.
1944 – Resolved: That the United States should join in reconstituting the League of Nations.
1943 – Resolved: That a federal world government should be established.
1942 – Resolved: That every able-bodied male citizen in the United States should be required to have one year of full time military training before attaining the present draft age.
1941 – Resolved: That the power of the federal government should be increased.
1940 – Resolved: That the federal government should own and operate the railroads.
1939 – Resolved: That the United States should establish an alliance with Great Britain.
1938 – Resolved: That the several states should adopt a unicameral system of legislation.
1937 – Resolved: That all electric utilities should be governmentally owned and operated.
1936 – Resolved: That the several states should enact legislation providing for a system of complete medical service available to all citizens at public expense.
1935 – Resolved: That the federal government should adopt the policy of equalizing educational opportunity throughout the nation by means of annual grants to the several states for public elementary and secondary education.
1934 – Resolved: That the United States should adopt the essential features of the British system of radio control and operation.
1933 – Resolved: That at least one half of all state and local revenues should be derived from sources other than tangible property.
1932 – Resolved: That the several states should enact legislation providing for compulsory unemployment insurance.
1931 – Resolved: That chain stores are detrimental to the best interests of the American public.
1930 – Resolved: That installment buying of personal property as now practiced in the United States is both socially and economically desirable.
1929 – Resolved: That the English cabinet method of legislation is more efficient than the committee system is in the United States.
1928 – Resolved: That a federal department of education should be created with a secretary in the President’s cabinet.

Lincoln/Douglas

2015-16
March/April 2016 Resolved: The United States ought to promote democracy in the Middle East.
January/February 2016 Resolved: In the United Sates, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned.
November/December 2015 Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived justice.
September/October 2015 Resolved: Adolescents ought to have the right to make autonomous medical choices.

2014-2015
National Speech & Debate Tournament – Resolved: Inaction in the face of injustice makes individuals morally culpable.
March/April 2015 Resolved: Just governments ought to ensure food security for their citizens.
January/February 2015 Resolved: Just governments ought to require that employers pay a living wage.
November/December 2014 Resolved: The “right to be forgotten” from Internet searches ought to be a civil right.
September/October 2014 Resolved: A just society ought to presume consent for organ procurement from the deceased.

2013-2014
2014 National Speech & Debate Tournament – Resolved: The United States ought to prioritize the pursuit of national security objectives above the digital privacy of its citizens.
March/April – Resolved: Placing political conditions on humanitarian aid to foreign countries is unjust.
January/February – Resolved: Developing countries should prioritize environmental protection over resource extraction when the two are in conflict.
November/December – Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, truth-seeking ought to take precedence over attorney-client privilege.
September/October – Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory.

2012-2013
2013 National Speech & Debate Tournament – Oppressive government is more desirable than no government.
March/April – Resolved: The United States is justified in intervening in the internal political processes of other countries to attempt to stop human rights abuses.
January/February – Resolved: Rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in the United States criminal justice system.
November/December – Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal health care for its citizens.
September/October – Resolved: The United States ought to extend to non-citizens accused of terrorism the same constitutional due process protections it grants to citizens.

2011-2012
2012 National Speech & Debate Tournament – Resolved: A government has the obligation to lessen the economic gap between its rich and poor citizens.
March/April – Resolved: Targeted killing is a morally permissible foreign policy tool.
January/February – Resolved: It is morally permissible for victims to use deadly force as a deliberate response to repeated domestic violence.
November/December – Resolved: Individuals have a moral obligation to assist people in need.
September/October – Resolved: Justice requires the recognition of animal rights.

2010-2011
September/October – Resolved: States ought not possess nuclear weapons.
November/December – Resolved: The abuse of illegal drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal justice.
January/February – Resolved: In the United States, juveniles charged with violent felonies ought to be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.
March/April – Resolved:The United States is justified in using private military firms abroad to pursue its military objectives.

2009-2010
September/October – Resolved: Public High school students in the United States ought not be required to pass standardized exit exams to graduate.
November/December – Resolved:Public health concerns justify compulsory immunization.
January/February – Resolved: Economic sanctions ought not be used to achieve foreign policy objectives.
March/April – Resolved: In the United States, the principle of jury nullification is a just check on government.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: Compulsory inclusion of non-felons’ DNA in any government database is unjust.
NCFL Nationals° – Resolved: That the United States government has a moral obligation to afford the same constitutional rights to all people on United States soil.

2008-2009
September/October – Resolved: It is morally permissible to kill one innocent person to save the lives of more innocent people.
November/December – Resolved: In a democratic society, felons ought to retain the right to vote.
January/February – Resolved: The United States ought to submit to the jurisdiction of an international court designed to prosecute crimes against humanity.
March/April – Resolved:
NFL Nationals – Resolved:
NCFL Nationals – Resolved:

2007-2008
September/October – Resolved: A just society ought not use the death penalty as a form of punishment.
November/December – Resolved: In the United States, plea bargaining in exchange for testimony is unjust.
January/February – Resolved:It is just for the United States to use military force to prevent the acquisition of nuclear weapons by nations that pose a military threat .
March/April – Resolved: Hate crime enhancements are unjust in the United States.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: Limiting economic inequality ought to be a more important social goal than maximizing economic freedom.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: That secondary education in America should value the fine arts over athletics.

2006-2007
September/October – Resolved: A just government should provide health care to its citizens.
November/December – Resolved: A victim’s deliberate use of deadly force is a just response to repeated domestic violence.
January/February – Resolved: The actions of corporations ought to be held to the same moral standards as the actions of individuals.
March/April – Resolved: The United Nations’ obligation to protect global human rights ought to be valued above its obligation to respect national sovereignty.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: On balance, violent revolution is a just response to political oppression.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: That judicial activism is unjust in a democracy.

2005-2006
September/October – Resolved: In matters of U.S. immigration policy, restrictions on the rights of non-citizens are consistent with democratic ideals.
November/December – Resolved: Judicial activism is necessary to protect the rights of American citizens.
January/February – Resolved: The use of the state’s power of eminent domain to promote private enterprise is unjust.
March/April – Resolved: Juveniles charged with violent crimes should be tried and punished as adults.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: In matters of collecting military intelligence, the ends justify the means.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: When in conflict, an individual’s freedom of speech should be valued above a community’s moral standards.

2004-2005
September/October – Resolved: individual claims of privacy ought to be valued above competing claims of societal welfare.
November/December – Resolved: the United States has a moral obligation to promote democratic ideals in other nations.
January/February – Resolved: democracy is best served by strict separation of church and state.
March/April – Resolved: to better protect civil liberties, community standards ought to take precedence over conflicting national standards.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: the pursuit of scientific knowledge ought to be constrained by concern for societal good.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: the primary purpose of formal education ought to be to impart knowledge.

2003-2004
September/October – Resolved: in the U.S. judicial system, truth seeking ought to take precedence over privileged communication.
November/December – Resolved: the U.S. has a moral obligation to mitigate international conflicts.
January/February – Resolved: a government’s obligation to protect the environment ought to take precedence over its obligation to promote economic development.
March/April – Resolved: as a general principle, individuals have an obligation to value the common good above their own interests.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: a nation’s citizens’ rights ought to take precedence over its security.

2002-2003
September/October – Resolved: when the United States is engaged in military conflict, the demands of national security ought to supercede conflicting claims of individual rights.
November/December – Resolved: when in conflict, academic freedom in U.S. high schools ought to be valued above community standards.
January/February – Resolved: when in conflict, globalization ought to be valued above national sovereignty.
March/April – Resolved: when in conflict, the letter of the law ought to take priority over the spirit of the law.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: rehabilitation ought to be valued above punishment in the U.S. criminal justice system.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: capitalism is the most just economic system.

2001-2002
September/October – Resolved: decentralized governmental power ought to be a fundamental goal of democratic society.
November/December – Resolved: a lesser developed nation’s right to develop ought to take priority over its obligation to protect the environment.
January/February – Resolved: oppressive government is more desirable than no government.
March/April – Resolved: limiting the freedom of expression of adults is justified by society’s interest in protecting children.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: laws which protect citizens from themselves are justified.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: the people’s right to know outweighs the government’s need for confidentiality.

2000-2001
September/October – Resolved: colleges and universities have a moral obligation to prohibit the public expression of hate speech on their campuses.
November/December – Resolved: establishing a safe educational environment in grades K-12 justifies infringement of students’ civil liberties.
January/February – Resolved: the possession of nuclear weapons is immoral.
March/April – Resolved: the public’s right to know ought to be valued above the right to privacy of candidates for public office.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: on balance, violent revolution is a just response to oppression.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: providing for basic human needs of citizens in a society ought to be valued above individual property rights.

1999-2000
September/October – Resolved: when they conflict, respect for cultural sensitivity ought to be valued above the commercial use of free speech.
November/December – Resolved: the use of economic sanctions to achieve U.S. foreign policy goals is moral.
January/February – Resolved: violent juvenile offenders ought to be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.
March/April – Resolved: the intervention of one nation in the domestic affairs of another nation is morally justified.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: inaction in the face of injustice makes an individual morally culpable.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: discriminations made by society on the basis of chronological age alone are justified.

1998-1999
September/October – Resolved: the individual ought to value the sanctity of life above the quality of life.
November/December – Resolved: capital punishment is justified.
January/February – Resolved: in the United States, a journalist’s right to shield confidential sources ought to be protected by the First Amendment.
March/April – Resolved: human genetic engineering is morally justified.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: capitalism is superior to socialism as a means of achieving economic justice.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: the objectives of democracy are best fulfilled through a separation of executive, legislative and judicial powers.

1997-1998
September/October – Resolved: global concerns ought to be valued above conflicting national concerns.
November/December – Resolved: an adolescent’s right to privacy ought to be valued above a parent’s conflicting right to know.
January/February – Resolved: a just social order ought to place the principle of equality above that of liberty.
March/April – Resolved: civil disobedience is justifed in a democracy.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: in the United States’ justice system, due process ought to be valued above the pursuit of truth when they are in conflict.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: individuals ought to sacrifice their ideals for the sake of comrpomise.

1996-1997
September/October – Resolved: when in conflict, society’s goal of eliminating discrimination ought to transcend an individual’s right to participate in exclusive, voluntary associations.
November/December – Resolved: when they are in conflict, a business’ responsibility to itself ought to be valued above its responsibility to society.
January/February – Resolved: in United States policy, the principle of universal human rights ought to take precedence over conflicting national interest.
March/April – Resolved: on balance, individuals ought to have a greater obligation to themselves than to their community.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: the public’s right to know is of greater value than the individual’s right to privacy.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: freedom of religious expression in the United States ought to be valued above the separation of church and state.

1995-1996
September/October – Resolved: individuals with disabilities ought to be afforded the same athletic competition opportunities as able-bodied athletes.
November/December – Resolved: the pursuit of feminist ideals is detrimental to the achievement of gender equality.
January/February – Resolved: an oppressive government is more desirable than no government.
March/April – Resolved: when in conflict, American cultural unity ought to be valued above cultural diversity.
NFL Nationals – missing
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: freedom of religious expression in the United States ought to be valued above the separation of church and state.

1994-1995
September/October – Resolved: an individual’s freedom is of greater value than political correctness.
November/December – Resolved: when in conflict, community standards are of greater value than individual liberty.
January/February – Resolved: laws which protect citizens from themselves are justified.
March/April – Resolved: on balance, institutional censorship of academic material is harmful to the educational development of the students.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: when in conflict, the safety of others is of greater value than the right to privacy of those with infectious diseases.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: freedom of religious expression in the United States ought to be valued above the separation of church and state.

1993-1994
September/October – Resolved: secondary education in the United States ought to be a privilege, not a right.
November/December – Resolved: the public’s right to know is of greater value than the right to privacy of candidates for public office.
January/February – Resolved: when called upon by one’s government, individuals are morally obligated to risk their lives for their country.
March/April – Resolved: terminally ill patients have the right to die when and how they choose.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: when in conflict, protection of the innocent is of greater value than prosecution of the guilty.
NCFL Nationals – Resolved: freedom of religious expression in the United States ought to be valued above the separation of church and state.

1992-1993
September/October – Resolved: the U.S. military interference in the internal affairs of other countries is justified.
November/December – Resolved: in the criminal justice system, truth seeking ought to take precedence over privileged communication.
January/February – Resolved: when in conflict, the spirit of the law ought to take priority over the letter of the law.
March/April – Resolved: the principle of majority rule ought to be valued above the principle of minority rights.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: the protection of domestic order justifies the curtailment of First Amendment rights.

1991-1992
September/October – Resolved: a liberal arts curriculum is preferable to an employment-readiness curriculum in U.S. secondary schools.
November/December – Resolved: human genetic engineering is morally justified.
January/February – Resolved: a victim’s deliberate use of deadly force is justified as a response to physical abuse.
March/April – Resolved: the possession of nuclear weapons is immoral.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: the United States government ought to provide for the medical care of its citizens.

1990-1991
September/October – Resolved: competition is superior to cooperation as a means of achieving excellence.
November/December – Resolved: government limits on the individual’s right to bear arms in the United States are justified.
January/February – Resolved: showing disrespect for the American flag is antithetical to fundamental American values.
March/April – Resolved: the pursuit of scientific knowledge ought to be limited by a concern for societal good.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: members of the United States Congress ought to value the national interest above constituent’s interests when the two are in conflict.

1989-1990
September/October – missing
November/December – Resolved: all United States citizens ought to perform a period of national service.
January/February – Resolved: communities in the United States ought to have the right to suppress pornography.
March/April – Resolved: development of natural resources ought to be valued above protection of the environment.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: individual obedience to law plays a greater role in maintaining ethical public service tha does individual obedience to conscience.

1988-1989
September/October – Resolved: the individual ought to value the sanctity of life above the quality of life.
November/December – Resolved: affirmative action programs to remedy the effects of discrimination are justified.
January/February – Resolved: limitations upon the content of student publications by secondary school administrators are justified.
March/April – Resolved: the public’s right to know ought to be valued above U.S. national security interests.
NFL Nationals – Resolved: the American criminal justice system ought to place a higher priority on retribution than on rehabilitation.

1987-1988
NFL Nationals – Resolved: violent revoluation is a just response to oppression.
September/October/November – Resolved: the protection of public safety justifies random, mandatory drug testing throughout society.
December/January/February – Resolved: the protection of society’s health interest through broad based mandatory testing of AIDS ought to be more important than personal privacy rights.
March/April/May – Resolved: when they are in conflict, the principle of privileged communication ought to be subordinate to the maintenance of law and order.

1986-1987
NFL Nationals – Resolved: when they are in conflict, the right to a free press is a higher priority than the right to a fair trial.
November/December – Resolved: an unjust government is better than no government at all.
January/February – Resolved: That decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court in criminal cases ought to reflect the values of the American people.
March/April – Resolved: a parliamentary system of government would better fulfill the values underlying the American Constitution.

1985-1986
NFL Nationals – Resolved: giving sanctuary to illegal refugees in the United States justifiably places moral law above positive law.
September/October – Resolved: the use of sanctions to achieve U.S. foreign policy goals ought to be immoral.
November/December – Resolved: the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations.
January/February – Resolved: the restriction of civil liberties in the United States for the sake of combating terrorism is justified.
March/April – Resolved: allowing innocent people to be harmed is preferable than giving into terrorists demands.

1984-1985
NFL Nationals – Resolved: the American media works against the best interest of the American public.
??? – Resolved: U.S. immigration policy is inconsistent with American ideals.
January/February – Resolved: nothing is politically right that is morally wrong.
March/April – Resolved: a just social order ought to place the principle of equality above that of liberty.

1983-1984
NFL Nationals – Resolved: uniformity in education leads to mediocrity.
January/February – Resolved: even in a democratic society morality can be legislated.
March/April – Resolved: civil disobedience is justified in a democracy.

1982-1983
NFL Nationals – Resolved: Liberty is more precious than law.
??? – Resolved: the right to die takes precedence over other ethical and moral considerations.
??? – Resolved: the right to a free press outweighs the right to a fair trial.
January/February – Resolved: funding for human services programs should take precedence over a balanced budget.
March/April – Resolved: protection of the environment should take precedence over the development of natural resources.

1981-1982
NFL Nationals – Resolved: the economic health of a nation is more important than the social programs for its citizens.
January/February – Resolved: the rights of the victim should take precedence over the rights of the accused in felony cases.
March/April – Resolved: it is undesirable to expend societal resources on the enforcement of laws against victimless crimes.

1980-1981
NFL Nationals – Resolved: That the protection of human rights should have a higher priority in shaping
America’s foreign policy.
??? – Resolved: the protection of human rights should have a higher priority in shaping America’s foreign policy.
January/February – Resolved: it is morally unjustifiable to require an individual to join a labor organization as a condition of employment.
March/April – Resolved: military conscription is a superior alternative to a voluntary army.

1979-1980
NFL Nationals – Resolved: The strength of the present methods of funding the social security system
outweighs the weaknesses.

Public Forum

2015-16
April 2016 – Resolved: To alleviate income inequality in the United States, increased spending on public infrastructure should be prioritized over increased spending on means-tested welfare programs.
March 2016 – Resolved: The United States should withdraw its military presence from Okinawa.
February 2016 – Resolved: The United States federal government should adopt a carbon tax.
January 2016 – Resolved: On balance, economic sanctions are reducing the threat Russia poses to Western interests.
December 2015 – Resolved: On balance, standardized testing is beneficial to K-12 education in the United States.
November 2015 – Resolved: In response to the current crisis, a government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests.
September/October 2015 – Resolved: The United States Federal Government ought to pay reparations to African Americans

 

2014-2015

2015 National Speech & Debate Tournament – Resolved: The benefits of First Amendment protection of anonymous speech outweigh the harms.
April 2015 – Resolved: Committing United States ground combat troops to fight ISIL is in the best interest of the United States.
March 2015 – Resolved: In the United States, students should be guaranteed two years of free tuition to a community or technical college.
February 2015 – Resolved: On balance, economic globalization benefits worldwide poverty reduction.
January 2015 – Resolved: United Nations peacekeepers should have the power to engage in offensive operations.
December 2014 – Resolved: For-profit prisons in the United States should be banned.
November 2014 – Resolved: On balance, the benefits of genetically modified foods outweigh the harms.September/October 2014 – Resolved: On balance, public subsidies for professional athletic organizations in the United States benefit their local communities.

2013-2014
2014 National Speech & Debate Tournament – Resolved: NATO should strengthen its relationship with Ukraine in order to deter further Russian aggression.
April 2014 – Resolved: Prioritizing economic development over environmental protection is in the best interest of the people of India.
March 2014 – Resolved: Single-gender classrooms would improve the quality of education in American public schools.
February 2014 – Resolved: The Supreme Court rightly decided that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act violated the Constitution.
January 2014 – Resolved: Development assistance should be prioritized over military aid in the Sahel region of Africa.
December 2013 – Resolved: Immigration reform should include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.
November 2013 – Resolved: The benefits of domestic surveillance by the NSA outweigh the harms.
September/October 2013 – Resolved: Unilateral military force by the United States is justified to prevent nuclear proliferation.

2012-2013
2013 National Speech & Debate Tournament – Resolved: The benefits of American drone strikes against foreign targets outweigh the harms.
April 2013 – Resolved: The continuation of current U.S. anti-drug policies in Latin America will do more harm than good.
March 2013 – Resolved: The U.S. government should not require its citizens to have health insurance.
February 2013 – Resolved: On balance, the rise of China is beneficial to the interests of the United States.
January 2013 – Resolved: On balance, the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission harms the election process.
December 2012 – Resolved: The United States should prioritize tax increases over spending cuts.
November 2012 – Resolved – Current U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East undermines our national security.
October 2012 – Resolved: Developed countries have a moral obligation to mitigate the effects of climate change.
September 2012 – Resolved: Congress should renew the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.

2011-2012
2012 National Speech & Debate Tournament – Resolved: Stand Your Ground laws are a legitimate expansion of the doctrine of self defense.
April 2012 – Resolved: State mandated administration of childhood vaccinations is justified.
March 2012 – Resolved: The United States should suspend all assistance to Pakistan.
February 2012 – Resolved: Birthright citizenship should be abolished in the United States.
January 2012 – Resolved: The costs of a college education outweigh the benefits.
December 2011 – Resolved: In the United States, current income disparities threaten democratic ideals.
November 2011 – Resolved: Direct popular vote should replace electoral vote in presidential elections.
October 2011 – Resolved: Private sector investment in human space exploration is preferable to public sector investment.
September 2011 – Resolved: The benefits of post-9/11 security measures outweigh the harms to personal freedom.

2010-2011
2011 National Speech & Debate Tournament – Resolved: That the United States should intervene in another nation’s struggle for democracy.
April 2011 – Resolved: The United States federal government should permit the use of financial incentives to encourage organ donation.
March 2011 – Resolved: North Korea poses a more serious threat to United States national security than Iran.
February 2011 – Resolved: Wikileaks is a threat to United States national security.
January 2011 – Resolved: In the United States, plea bargaining undermines the criminal justice system.
December 2010 – Resolved: Cyberbullying should be a criminal offense.
November 2010 – Resolved: High school Public Forum Debate resolutions should not confront sensitive religious issues.
October 2010 – Resolved: NATO presence improves the lives of Afghan citizens.
September 2010 – Resolved: Allowing deep water offshore oil drilling is in the best interest of the United States.

2009-2010
2010 National Speech & Debate Tournament – Resolved: Current trends in American political dialogue compromise meaningful democratic deliberation.
2010 NCFL Nationals° – Resolved: That the constitutional right of freedom of religion has wrongly evolved into freedom from religion.
April 2010 – Resolved: On balance, government employee labor unions have a positive impact on the United States.
March 2010 – Resolved: Affirmative action to promote equal opportunity in the United States is justified.
February 2010 – Resolved: In the United States, organized political lobbying does more harm than good.
January 2010 – Resolved: President Obama’s plan for increasing troops in Afghanistan is in the United States’ best interest.
December 2009 – Resolved: That merit pay based on student achievement should be a significant component of K-12 teacher compensation in United States public schools.
November 2009 – Resolved: Failed nations are a greater threat to the United States than stable nations.
October 2009 – Resolved: When in conflict, the United Nations should prioritize global poverty reduction over environmental protection.
September 2009 – Resolved: United States policy on illegal immigration should focus on attrition through enforcement rather than amnesty.

2008-2009
2009 National Speech & Debate Tournament – Resolved: That the United States should normalize relations with Cuba.
2009 NCFL Nationals° – Resolved: A society has an obligation to ensure adequate health care for its citizens.
April 2009 – Resolved: That the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 serves the best interest of the American people.
March 2009 – Resolved: That, on balance, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has improved academic achievement in the United States.
February 2009 – Resolved: That, on balance, the rise of Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC) has had a positive impact on the United States.
January 2009 – Resolved: That, by 2040, the federal government should mandate that all new passenger vehicles and light trucks sold in the United States be powered by alternative fuels.
December 2008 – Resolved: That, on balance, social networking Web sites have a positive impact on the United States.
November 2008 – Resolved: That the United States government should implement universal health care modeled after the French system.
October 2008 – Resolved: The United States should significantly increase its use of nuclear energy.
September 2008 – Resolved: That the United States should implement a military draft

2007-2008
June 2008 (NFL Nationals) – Resolved: US policies established after September 11, 2001 have substantially reduced the risk of terrorist acts against the United States.
May 2008 (NCFL) – Resolved: That the US Government should increase social services for indigenous peoples in America.
April 2008 – Resolved: That the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 will successfully mitigate economic slowdowns over the next year.
March 2008 – Resolved: The US system of presidential primaries is contrary to democratic values.
February 2008 – Resolved: That Russia has become a threat to U.S. interests.
January 2008 – Resolved: In a democracy, civil disobedience is an appropriate weapon in the fight for justice.
December 2007 – Resolved:That the United States would be justified in pursuing military options against Iran.
November 2007 – Resolved: That eliminating United States government budget deficits should be prioritized over increasing domestic spending.
October 2007 – Resolved: That the United States should encourage the implementation of a soft partition of Iraq.
September 2007 – Resolved: That the Fairness Doctrine should be reinstated..

2006-2007
June 2007 (NFL Nationals) – Resolved: That the private ownership of handguns should be banned in the United States.
May 2007 (NCFL) – Resolved: That the President and Vice-President of the United States should be elected by a direct vote of the American citizens.
April 2007 – Resolved: United States corporations should honor all prior commitments to employee pensions.
March 2007 – Resolved: That the quantity of credit available to American consumers should be significantly reduced.
February 2007 – Resolved: The costs of legalized casino gambling in the United States outweigh the benefits.
January 2007 – Resolved: That lobbyists negatively influence the legislative process in the United States.
December 2006 – Resolved: Colleges and Universities in the United States should end their early admission programs.
November 2006 – Resolved: That participating in multinational diplomatic efforts is beneficial to U. S. interests.
October 2006 – Resolved: Current immigration laws in the United States should be enforced.
September 2006 – Resolved: That the benefits of NASA’s space exploration programs justify the costs.

2005-2006
June 2006 (NFL Nationals) – Resolved: That the United States government should ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
April 2006 – Resolved: That the American media work against the best interest of the American public.
March 2006 – Resolved: That big box retailers benefit the communities in which they are located.
February 2006 – Resolved: That the policy decisions of the current Israeli government toward the Palestinian state have improved prospects for peace in the Middle East.
January 2006 – Resolved: In the United States, public high school science curriculum should include the study of the Theory of Intelligent Design.
December 2005 – Resolved: That the National Basketball Association (NBA) should rescind its dress code.
November 2005 – Resolved: That the United States federal government should fund Hurricane Katrina relief and rebuilding by ending President Bush’s tax cuts.
October 2005 – Resolved: That the United Nations should be the primary agent to lead and direct the fight against terrorism around the world.
September 2005 – Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities should be permitted to pay stipends to their Division I athletes.

2004-2005
June 2005 (NFL Nationals) – Resolved: That, when a choice is required for public high schools in the United States, government funding should prioritize vocational education over college preparatory education.
April 2005 – Resolved: The United States should issue guest worker visas to illegal aliens.
March 2005 – Resolved: Student aptitude should be assessed through standardized testing.
February 2005 – Resolved: In the United States, the current system of federal income taxation should be replaced by a flat rate income tax.
January 2005 – Resolved: The United States Constitution should be amended to establish a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court Justices.
December 2004 – Resolved: Corporate offshoring aids in the economic development of the United States.
November 2004 – Resolved: The United States government should allow Americans to purchase prescription drugs from other countries.
October 2004 – Resolved: In the United States, public opinion polls positively affect the election process.
September 2004 – Resolved: That he United States should establish a cabinet-level position to oversee its entire intelligence community.

2003-2004
June 2004 (NFL Nationals) – Resolved: All young adults in every nation should be required to perform at least one full year of national service.
April 2004 – Resolved: English should be the official national language of the United States.
March 2004 – Resolved: The United States should provide universal health care insurance to all U.S. citizens.
February 2004 – Resolved: Americans should be allowed to share copyrighted media over the internet.
January 2004 – Resolved: The United States is losing the War on Terror.
December 2003 – Resolved: Congress should repeal the No Child Left Behind Act.
November 2003 – Resolved: That Federal judges should be elected in their district for a limited term rather than appointed by the President for a life term.
October 2003 – Resolved: That the United States should comply with United Nations’ decisions concerning international peacekeeping operations.
September 2003 – Resolved: Use of a cell phone should be prohibited while operating a motor vehicle.

2002-2003
June 2003(NFL Nationals) – Resolved: That the United States should assume primary responsibility for the rebuilding of Iraq.
April 2003 – Resolved: Awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases should be limited to $250,000.
March 2003 – Resolved: Affirmative action should not be practiced in college and university admission.February 2003 – Resolved: The dealth penalty should be abolished in America.
January 2003 – Resolved: The Federal Government should authorize oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.
December 2002 – Resolved: The the “Bush” tax cuts should be made permanent.
October/November 2002 – Resolved: Commercial airline pilots should be armed in the cockpit.