A little over a year ago I took part in a debate over the merits of Monarchy for America. It was not that I believed in it but I wanted to test myself. No surprise, I won convincingly. Here is my case.
I would first like to ask for the judge’s ruling on our definitions. They were derived directly from the Oxford English Dictionary website. *[Give copy to negative and judge]*
America, land of the free, home of the brave. United. Famous for remarkable innovation. But in the current day and age, we are falling behind. Taking a backseat to countries like China and India. The current system is inefficient because of the amount of time that it takes for change to occur. The way that America functions can be readily spend to make us stronger, more competitive, and greater. Changing our government to an absolute monarchy will lead to efficient and positive change. The White House and Congress are filled with rich figureheads, multiple parties, and constant arguing. Are we actually united? Do they want what’s best for this country? Or what’s best for themselves? We can become united under one absolute leader and turn this nation into the most powerful system/gov’t/realm/thing in the world.
Before I continue let’s establish something. A Monarch is not a dictator. Let me repeat: is NOT. Monarchy and dictatorship are distinctly different. A dictator keeps power through force and rigged elections while their legitimacy comes from charisma and force. On the other hand, a Monarch keeps power because of tradition and their family, and have legitimacy through family and heritage. Any use of the word “dictator” is extratropical.
Since the necessity of an effective ruling body creates profound justification for change to be enacted, the affirmative would like to present our plan. In order to establish the basis for our proposed shift in government. The best course of action is to use the amendment process to change our current government to an Absolute Monarchy. This would help to avoid any talk of treason from our opponents. The benefits of this form of government would enable forward progress for our nation, instead of spinning our wheels by repeating the mistakes of decades past. Minor repairs, such as reform, can not be effective and hence should not be executed due to the fact that the underlying structural problems of corruption and inefficiency among others are inherent in democracy, will still exist.
The inefficiency, corruption and lack of trained officials will not disappear from a system it is inherent to. These are problems with the human condition. Which is why the Affirmative side is declaring partial solvency due to the fact the system will still be made of humans and all the faults that come with us. We as a group readily admit that partial problems regarding attitudinal inherency would exist but we plan to solve them the same way that past attitudinal inherency problems have been: through debate. With debate, we conducted a revolution, passed a constitution, gave suffrage to everyone above eighteen and moved to marriage equality. According to Gallup in March of 1996 Americans opposed gay marriage by a 27 to 68 margin. 10 years later the result was almost split at 46-53 and this May more people supported than opposed gay marriage by a 60 to 37 margin. Remember this when the negative tells you absolutism will never happen because of our current mindset. Now is the time for another great debate to fix America. And never before has it been more necessary. (how to overcome said issue) (addressed later)
I would like to go over (Go over amendment sheet)
Currently for any change to be made, a law or a bill has to be passed in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as well as be approved by the President. A poll conducted by Gallup and taken by informed Americans between Sep 9 and Sep 13 shows a 14% approval rating and a staggering 83% disapproval rating. The approval rating for Congress at an all-time low and the trend continuing to decrease. Americans are not pleased with the people put into place to pass our laws, but the reelection rate for Congress remains steady in the 90 percentile. But that does not mean they leave Washington. 50% of retiring Senators and 42% of retiring House members stay in D.C. and become lobbyists. The law making procedure takes months to carry out and may even take years for the constant effect to be noticed, and even after its completion, its purpose is to help special interests, not the people. This is why the affirmative advocates for change. This corruption and favoritism to those with connections must be changed. Absolutism is the only weapon against corruption, as the Monarch is not beholden to special interests. His power comes from his family line, not their patronage. He must counter the elites and their fight for power to maintain his legitimacy making him a man of the people not a man of the well connected.
For this system to thrive we must have the best leader possible. Let me be clear, this man will not be a dictator. This man must and will be trained from birth, not someone who is power hungry. He must be educated on important matters such as history in order to avoid past mistakes. Literature, language, arts, social (ie economics, political science, philosophy, etc) and physical sciences, all for a keen understanding of people and the way things work and how nations work and interact. Able to maintain the values inherent throughout the whole population. The people are his interests, not the special interests, this provides a strong bond between the leader and his nation. A check, essentially an insurance policy against the revolution, riots, and revolts is for the king to have a loyal following. This can be gained by respecting and serving the people for as long as he may rule. It can be gained by investing in infrastructure not wasting $1.6 million in government insurance payments for non-existent crops
Now, you may ask, will the people be better off? The Age of Absolutism existed in the 17th and 18th centuries. During the approximately 200-year period, the world saw the scientific revolution and enlightenment. Knowledge of the circulation of blood, studies of bacteria, and modern chemistry all improve, extend, and save our lives. Investment in infrastructure, arts, and sciences make our lives better in terms of quality and quantity. Not to mention a stronger armed forces will keep us safer. It was the absolute monarch Louis XIV of France who crushed the remnants of feudalism.
Let’s look at one absolute monarch: Louis XIV, who may be the poster child for absolutism. He moved France from a medium country to Europe’s greatest. France was admired by every other nation for its culture and military. The saying “imitation is flattery” is never truer than with Louis and his France. Powers around Europe emulated their manners and values. Even their language became the language of the greats. He expanded France to more defendable borders and reigned in the aristocracy by making them live in Versailles, and banning private armies. By encouraging industry, trade and commerce, and an overseas empire he removed burdens from his people. He promoted the sciences and established the great and historical French Academy of Sciences. His policies significantly reduced civil wars and aristocratic rebellions because of his absolutist policies and giving birth to the modern French State if not the modern state. Even Napoleon, who himself was anti-Bourbon, described him not only as “a great king,” but as “the only King of France worthy of the name.” The German philosopher Leibniz said that he was “one of the greatest kings that ever was.” Even Voltaire said his reign was “an eternally memorable age,” and “Great Century”.
I would like to end with a quote that appears on the said by one of our Founding Fathers and writer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, that appears on the Jefferson memorial. “I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”
First I would like to start by restating that an absolute monarchy is not a dictatorship so the word dictatorship is extratropical in this debate. One of the points that I shall touch on today is the fact that our government is corrupted. Proof? American politicians don’t represent “the people” they don’t care what we think. You don’t have to trust my words but you should trust evidence. A Princeton University study found that “when the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy”.
Politicians lie and use deception to get their way into office. Take the PolitiFact file of the current frontrunner for President of the United States: Donald Trump. Of the statements rated by Politifact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper project found that 16% are “pants on fire”. 58% of Mostly False or False. Not 1 was true. But hey what do you expect with a system which rewards lies and corruption? With an absolute monarchy, there will be a leader trained from birth with no need to lie to the people or pander to special interests. In a democracy, everything is solved by voting. What about the 42% of the Americans in the U.S that do not vote? This proves democracy, even, in theory, is not for the people but for the majority. It is a false idea that democracy breeds freedom and a better outcome. A good Monarch will be able to establish freedom and equality better than a democracy since his power isn’t based on elections he won’t have to earn the support of the rich and powerful and he needs to maintain a happy population.
Democracy is held back by gridlock and self-interest. During Europe’s Migrant Crisis, in which thousands of refugees fled from the middle east to Europe, European nations failed to act because they were held hostage by politicians offering radically different visions on how to handle the crisis. There was no one man to make a decision. No way to take the immediate and swift action necessary to the security and prosperity of the people and nation. The politicians are more worried about themselves and when they get in office nothing changes and they fail to act when action is necessary. This is why there must be change. A problem requires a solution. Democracy is the problem. Absolutism is the solution.
Waste could easily be a synonym for democracy. Here in America the government’s takes in 3.34 trillion, trillion with a T, in revenue, and still manage a deficit of 564 billion in the 2015 budget. Our debt is now over 100% of GDP. Our dept is larger than our economy, the largest economy on earth and history. Is it really surprising when we pay 11 million to psychics to provide special insights about various foreign threats? This was the disappointing “Stargate” program. Or $440,000 annually to have attendants push buttons on the fully automated Capitol Hill? Waste at its finest.
Does the negative think it’s a good use of money to send $160,000 in Supplemental Security Income checks to an individual whose official address is a bar?
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Economist Milton Friedman argues there are four ways to spend money. Yours on yourself; Yours on someone else; Someone else on yourself and someone else’s and someone else. When you spend someone else’s money on someone else you do not seek to economize or get the highest value. This is where democracy falls. And what’s the result? Spending $34 million to help Americans become better shoppers and homemakers. What a great use. The Monarch will be in the “yours on yourself category” and will strive to economize and maximize value. You won’t see 14 million being spent to build an army museum when 47 already exist.
The negative has said that democracy will maximize freedom and give us the best leaders. The affirmative would like to know if they are familiar with the trail of tears? The interment of 110-120 thousand Japanese during World War 2 or the Aliens and Sedition Act which made it illegal to criticize the government and incumbents. Are they familiar with the corruption of Grant? Incompetency of Buchanan and how he failed to prevent the civil war? With Bush and his Iraq War? Do not misunderstand us, We do not mean to say a Monarch will be perfect but he will be trained from Birth is warfare, economics, philosophy, political science, diplomacy, physical sciences, arts, literature, language, and everything else remotely relevant to success. And so will his possible successors. A good leader in a democracy is based on the chance of an election. In absolutism proactive , measures are taken to make sure he is successful.