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Voted for Con because Pro did not make his bed.
@the_chosen_one First time ever, cut him some slack hahahah
@sharkb8 you might as well be the Lizard man
:heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:Let me know if I can help guys and thank you so much!Awesome topics :-)
Nice work gentlemen!
Just wanted to add. Since this tournament is a bit lower stakes and has some guaranteed multi-round action, I'm going to go from just taking the positions I think are winners to taking topics that I find challenging or I think have interesting if somewhat complicated arguments.So I picked a position on all but one topic; the one I know the least about, the Schengen agreement topic.
@sigfried that’s because it’s made up. If it was real, Americans would know all about it in depth
@madmike hahahah another explanation could be that Americans are not really informed #justssayinglol
@gigi bah! The only people who think Americans are uninformed are foreigners! And what do they know with all their imaginary agreements! :)
@madmike hahhaa you are right! As imaginary as the conquer of America so oh wait you might not even exist
@gigi I mean, American’s are uninformed about a lot of things, but a lot of the issue can be explained as Americans just use different words. When Ben brought up the Schengen agreement, none of us knew what it was, but when he clarified it was the agreement that enabled free migration between EU nations, we knew that part. In America we just don’t talk about the specific name of the agreement.
@sharkb8 Indeed, we more or less take it for granted that people can travel from state to state within the US. But we also have a unified border policy state to state (for the most part).I did a little research on it and decided it was just too complicated an issue for me to give it a good debate at this point in time. Unlike a lot of other topics, I have no expereince with it.
@sharkb8 Of course and hence I kept the joking going :-) Given the size of the US, it's understandably difficult to know all the different agreements for other countries. I'm the first one to admit that I'm still educating myself everyday about US politics, culture etc and I'm grateful to have all of you to get the best of it!Schengen should actually be an easy one for anyone who has travelled in Europe.. it's actually on all our airports but maybe you missed it :-) I am surprised that Ben knew about it hahaha@sigfried I don't know all the details about the agreement but for the most part is facilitating easy traveling within European countries (different than the currency union). For example, you can apply for a Schengen visa and be able to travel to all countries rather than apply for separate visas. UK is not included in the agreement though.. As European, I can travel anywhere just using my ID and no need for passport. US is very different given that it;s one country and despite the unification of Europe we are not a federate, still a group of very different countries trying to work together but without loosing our own identity.. (our internal diversity is insane - language, history,culture,industry,economy etc - especially given our size)Personally I love it but I expect the standard counter-arguments related to immigration, used by both Americans and Europeans. I would like to see this debate but it's probably going to be in line with any other debate about immigration/ close vs open borders.
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