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Drug War Failures and Drug Company Successes - In the May 1999 issue of Harper's Magazine, Joshua Wolf Shenk's article "America's Altered States: When does legal relief of pain become illegal pursuit of pleasure?" states: From 1970 to 1998, the inflation-adjusted revenue of major pharmaceutical companies more than quadrupled to $81 billion, 24 percent of that from drugs affecting the central nervous system and sense organs. Sales of herbal medicines now exceed $4 billion a year. Meanwhile the war on Other drugs escalated dramatically. Since 1970 the federal antidrug budget has risen 3,700 percent and now exceeds $17 billion....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 2394 words
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The Boondoggle of Vouchers and School Choice - The Boondoggle of School Choice The summer before my freshman year of high school, my suburban school district decided to implement a new school choice program developed for the state of Massachusetts. It is a program-limited choice similar to many others around the country. Schools offer a certain number of spaces in each class for "choice students," that is, students from other towns who wish to attend the school. Students apply and enter a random lottery system. If they are chosen, they become legally-enrolled students at the new school....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1027 words
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A Case for Vouchers and School Choice - A Case for School Choice There is growing conflict over the nation's education policy. Indeed, this conflict remains one of the few areas of divergence between our converging two-party structure. Yet, as is so often the case with pressing concerns in American politics, any real proposals have been drowned under the Washington bureaucracy. Unfortunately, the nation can no longer ignore the ever-expanding education crisis plaguing the country, and Washington must consider school choice as a remedy for the ailing public school system....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1043 words
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Our Nation Needs Vouchers and School Choice - The Nation Needs School Vouchers   Let's face it - public schools are failing. SAT scores have steadily declined since 1960. Results from other tests of public high school seniors conducted by independent research groups show a serious decline in the quality of public education over the last several decades. A national voucher system would be a good start at restoring competition and parental choice in education.   Accompanying the steady decline in the quality of education has been a significant increase in the cost of public schools....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 690 words
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Public School Prayer is Not the Answer - Perhaps you still remember High School. There were certain routines to execute, certain activities of rote habit that you did each and every day. You sat with your friends at the same table at lunch, often in the same seats. You took the same route from your locker to your Homeroom everyday--not always the most direct one, but the one that took you past your friends' lockers. Often you talked to the same people at the same times of day everyday. And of course, there was that most routine of all exercises, the most habitual of all activities, The Pledge....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essay] 856 words
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Vouchers and School Choice are Not Necessary - The issue of "choice", like so many other novel educational reform attempts, serve once again to highlight the fact that something is desperately wrong with the current educational system. While everyone seems to be fully aware of the need for change, no one really knows where to start. In the process of making sense of this need to pin down the problems that beset education, many end up latching on to any novel idea that even vaguely offers the hope of finally bringing that educational calm and success everyone so desperately longs for....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1169 words
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The Problem of Vouchers and School Choice - The Problem of School Choice   Is it right to force students to attend the schools prescribed for them by geography. Is it fair to deny students who live in poorer neighborhoods the chance to go to better schools with better facilities, better teachers and safer conditions. Should we allow our tax revenues to leave our school districts for greener pastures. Should we permit schools poor in both resources and performance to wither on the vine, an acceptable casualty of competition.   Because of dissatisfaction with many public schools, particularly those in large urban settings, a movement to allow students to choose alternatives to their assigned schools has sprung up in various parts o...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1123 words
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Free Essays on Vouchers and School Choice - The Power of School Choice I am for the concept of Choice because no child should be forced to go to a bad school against his or his parents' will especially when there is a better school nearby. Parents not only freely choose any kinds of school but also allow to work with others to create new independent schools. Nowadays, we cannot ignore the reality that choice already exists for some privileged, rich people. It is fair to give our children a impartial chance at life through a better education....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 638 words
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Vouchers and School Choice are Long Over-due - School Choice: Long Over-due   This paper reports on my position on school choice, what I believe is the ideal school choice program and the steps that must be taken to successfully implement school choice. First and foremost, the idea of school choice is not a new concept. Those who could afford it always have had school choice. Now as a potential option for more parents, choice will be constricted by the amount of money and the type of resources (transportation, political influence, etc.) one has....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 546 words
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Vouchers and School Choice Beats No Choice - School Choice Beats No Choice I am avidly in favor of school choice for two main reasons. First, no child should be locked into attending an inadequate school, lacking quality and diversity, which under the current system is rewarded for its failure. Secondly, children and parents who hold strong convictions concerning their academic and social objectives need latitude in order to place themselves in an environment which will maximize their learning success. The ideal choice program, in my opinion, would comprise vouchers, drawn from the child's home district and not exceeding the average amount spent locally per student....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 833 words
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Internet Censorship Means No Freedom of Speech - Picture it: you pick up your phone to read your email. You're expecting a message from a friend, who is sending you some information on breast cancer, but when you check your inbox there is instead a message from the server. It says the message that was sent to you from the address of your friend has been intercepted because it contained indecent material that did not comply with FCC regulations of the Internet. You call your friend only to find that the police have come and taken her away, and she is now facing up to two years in prison and/or up to $100,000 in fines....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 2142 words
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I Support the Decriminalization of All Drugs - When societies finally become comfortable with reality, they begin to abandon the murderous laws that impede their growth. Currently, the social stigma and legislated morality regarding the use of illicit drugs yield perhaps the most destructive effects on American society. Drug laws have led to a removal of non-violent citizens from society- either directly by incarceration or indirectly by death - that is genocidal in quantity and essence. I base my support of the decriminalization of all drugs on a principle of human rights, but the horror and frustration with which I voice this support is based on practicality....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1134 words
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The Most Deadly Drugs are Already Legal - This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Fried egg is probably the most influential commercial of our generation. We feared it, we laughed at it, some of us stopped eating eggs, and we made a lot of t-shirts about it. And who was scaring us. Who was so concerned about our health. Our loving friends: The Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA). We used to watch those commercials and get all warm and fuzzy inside, someone out there cared enough about us to spend a lot of money on those frightening ads....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1141 words
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War on Drugs is War on Democracy - The voters of California succeeded in passing a proposition to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana as prescribed by doctors. The passing of Proposition 215 seemed to symbolize a promising trend toward knowledge of the substance. However, after reading an article by Eric Schlosser in the April issue of Atlantic Monthly, I have been shocked with the reality of what is occurring elsewhere. Many of us are aware of the idiocy of our legal system treating marijuana offenders worse than violent criminals....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1283 words
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Negative Effects of False Media Images - The Negative Effects of False Media Images         Since the birth of communication, media has been used to convey information to those willing to absorb it. Beginning with publications and simple spoken words, and soaring to new heights in the twentieth century with radio, television, and the internet, media have been made accessible to people in every aspect of their daily lives. With such a strong hold on modern society, mass media have been able to shape popular culture and often influence public opinion....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Abortion and the Destruction of America - Abortion and the Destruction of America        Israel was God's chosen people. He picked them out and distinguished them from the pagan Gentile nations in order to be a special witness to His own holiness. Israel received the Law, the promises, and the covenant. They received great blessings from God. But what happened. They grew comfortable and complacent. Rather than reforming the pagans, they conformed to the pagans. The prophets were chosen by God to call Israel back to covenant faithfulness....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 1532 words
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The Many Benefits of Affirmative Action - The Benefits of Affirmative Action      Affirmative action has helped the income, promotion and labor force participation rates of both women and minorities. For example, between 1982 and 1995, the percentage of female managers and professionals in the U.S. rose from 40.5 to 48.0 percent; blacks from 5.5 to 7.5 percent, and Hispanics from 5.2 to 7.6 percent. By comparison, these groups form 51.2 percent, 12.6 percent, and 10.2 percent of the population, respectively. Progress has been steady, but still incomplete....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Affirmative Action is Not Reverse Discrimination - Affirmative Action is Not Reverse Discrimination Affirmative Action is not meant to help blacks because of the color of their skin, but because they deserve compensation for past and continuing injustices. Opponents may criticize the wisdom of how this compensation is meted out, but they cannot question the principle of compensatory damages, which enjoys a long tradition in our society. To many opponents of affirmative action, a color-blind society should not discriminate at hiring time on the basis of color, sex, etc....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1284 words
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Evolution is Not Just a Theory - Evolution is Not Just a Theory      Evolution is a fact in that scientists know beyond reasonable doubt that it happened. The exact mechanism of evolution -- that is, exactly how it happened -- is still a theory.   Evolution is both a fact and a theory. Mainstream scientists consider it a fact that evolution occurred; how it occurred is still considered a theory. Stephen J. Gould describes this difference best: "In the American vernacular, 'theory' often means 'imperfect fact' -- part of a hierarchy of confidence running downhill from fact to theory to hypothesis to guess....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Essay on Juvenile Crime and Punishment - Juvenile Crime and Punishment     The punishment of juvenile criminals, specifically those between the ages of 13 and 18, in the event that they commit crimes of murder, is not severe enough. Minors between these critical ages in the teenage life who commit crimes of murder should be prosecuted as adults in all situations and locations.   Teenagers in this age group do kill others, old and young alike. The rate at which juveniles were arrested for murder rose 177 percent between 1978 and 1993 (NBER.org)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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America Doesn’t Need More Welfare Checks - America Doesn’t Need More Welfare Checks The United States recently experienced one of the greatest "booms" in our economic history. More people were working than ever before. People were buying houses at a faster rate than they have in decades. Yet there were many people still living from paycheck to paycheck, or welfare check to welfare check. The subject of welfare stirs different passions in different people. Some say that those who are on welfare should be taken off, with no hope of survival afterward....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1057 words
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Juvenile Crime and Violence in Schools - All Americans remember too well the morning of April 12, 1999, when two enraged students opened fire at Columbine High School. This act of violence resulted in not only their own deaths but the deaths of many other innocent students and one teacher. However, this was not the first instance of violence in schools. There have been many other occasions of violent behavior among school age children, some as young as eleven years old, the past few years. We should carefully consider some possible causes of these tragedies, so we can seek a way to end them....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 655 words
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Flag Burning and the First Amendment -    Your First Amendment rights are extremely close to being violated by none other than the United States Congress. I refer to the Flag Desecration Bill that, if passed, would do irreparable damage to our right to free speech and undermine the very priniciples for which the American flag stands. Fortunately, West Virginians have an ally in Sen. Robert C. Byrd. Sen. Byrd, who previously favored the bill, now fights to protect our rights by stopping the passage of this bill. I applaud his stand and want to reinforce his position....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Protecting The Symbol of Our Country - Protecting The Symbol of Our Country On June 12,1997 the Flag Amendment was passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 310 to 114. The Amendment gives Congress the right to prevent the physical desecration of the American flag. “Today’s vote is strong evidence that the voice of the American people has been heard and heeded by the US House of Representatives”(Flag Alliance, Inc. 1), says Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, who is the head of the Citizens Flag Alliance(CFA). Today, forty-nine state legislatures have made it clear to Congress that they want flag protection laws....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1587 words
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IndyCar Racing - We Need Speed - Every year on Memorial Day auto racing fans around the world wake up in anticipation to see the most famous race in the world. The Indianapolis 500 is an annual IndyCar race that has been run since 1916 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is a race of great tradition that is supposed to represent the fastest racers in the sport at the fastest raceway in the sport. However, Tony George, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IRL, is changing everything about the race and the sport....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 669 words
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The Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - Stem cell research is one of the most fascinating discoveries of today’s science. Stem cells are cells that are found in all multi-cellular organisms. There are two types of stem cells: the embryonic stem cell, which is found in an embryo, and the adult stem cell, which is found in adult tissues. They have the ability to divide themselves into other specialized cell types which will grow to become the human body parts such as the circulatory system, the nervous system and the immune system. While legal, “several lawsuits have been filed relating to stem cell research issues....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive 2014]
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The Debate Concerning Stem Cell Research - Over the past few decades, the subject of stem cell research has been the topic of debates around the world. In the blink of an eye, clones, perfect children, and immortality are no longer a myth told by elders around campfires. Through various techniques, scientists are able to better the lives of those living, but at what cost. In their articles “Cloning Human Beings: An Assessment of Pro and Con,” by author Dan W. Brock; “The Ethical Implications of Guman Cloning,” by Michael J. Sandel; “Theriputic Human Cloning Is Ethical,” by Ian Wilmut and Roger Highfield; and various other articles, each author discusses his or her view on the morality of stem cell research and its use for human cloni...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive 2014]
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It is Time to Legalize Marijuana -    The long-standing prohibition against recreational use of cannabis in the United States should be repealed. In addition, the penalties for possession and trafficking of cannabis should be abolished, and cannabis should be taxed and regulated by the federal agency that controls the other recreational, legal, yet addictive and potentially injurious substances tobacco and alcohol (the ATF). Cannabis has been illegal since the Marijuana Tax act of 1934. Yet of a population of 284 million (2000 U.S....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Myths About Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Myths About Embryonic Stem Cell Research Myth: "Human life begins in the womb, not the Petri dish" Reality: Actually, it usually begins in the fallopian tube, but it can also begin in a Petri dish. The testimony of modern science is clear on this point: "At the moment the sperm cell of the human male meets the ovum of the female and the union results in a fertilized ovum (zygote), a new life has begun." Considine, Douglas (ed.). Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia. 5th edition....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 987 words
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Abortion - Human Life is Involved - Abortion - Human Life is Involved       Divine law and natural reason exclude all right to the direct killing of an innocent man. However, if the reasons given to justify an abortion were always manifestly evil and valueless the problem would not be so dramatic. The gravity of the problem comes from the fact that in certain cases, perhaps in quite a considerable number of cases, by denying abortion one endangers important values to which it is normal to attach great value, and which may sometimes even seem to have priority....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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U.S. Drug Policy Versus Drug Reality - If the United States is serious about winning the war on drugs, it will have to face some hard facts about the failure of its drug policy to date. Since Reagan introduced the war on drugs in the early 1980s, the focus of anti-drug legislation has been on incarceration and eradication, not on drug education and treatment. Drug use is viewed as a crimethe same way that burglary and murder are viewed as crimeswithout examining the social and economic causes behind drug use. This categorization of drug use as criminal misrepresents the nature of addiction....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1324 words
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Vouchers and School Choice are Bad - School Choice and Vouchers are Bad I have spent considerable time reading the literature on the topic of school choice and tuition vouchers. I was initially in favor of the idea simply because it seems to be common sense. After just a little reading, I am now an advid supporter. After all, our entire standard of living is based on the idea of choice. The more choices we have, and the means to pursue those choices, the higher the standard of living we enjoy. In our lives, simply stated, choice means everything....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 949 words
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Internet Censorship - Just Say No - Internet Censorship: Just Say No   In December of 1994, a young college student named Jake Baker posted one of his fiction pieces in an alt.sex newsgroup. Usually, his contributions to this widely-read site consisted of short stories about rape, torture, and murder of women. In this particular newsgroup post, he continued with his usual contributions; however, he took it a bit further by writing about one of his fellow classmates, using her name and identity in the piece. Faculty members at the University of Michigan discovered his story and later expelled him from school....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1355 words
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The NRA Killed Gun Control Legislation - The NRA Killed Gun Control Legislation By the year 2003, it is expected that firearms will cause the most injury-related deaths in the United States, surpassing even automobile accidents. Poll after poll have revealed that most Americans favor stricter gun control laws. Five recent suburban school shootings have demonstrated that when guns and kids mix, tragedy results. Yet gun control legislation remains at a standstill. The battle for stricter gun-control laws has not been without victories....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1474 words
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Affirmative Action and Racial Tension - Affirmative Action and Racial Tension   Affirmative action. What was its purpose in the first place, and do we really need it now. It began in an era when minorities were greatly under represented in universities and respectable professions. Unless one was racist, most agreed with the need of affirmative action in college admissions and in the workplace. Society needed an active law that enforced equality during a period when civil rights bills were only effective in ink. With so much of America¹s work force spawned from integrated schools now, some may question whether racism really is the problem anymore, and many college students might answer yes....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Genetic Engineering is NOT Ethical - Abstract:  Recent developments in genomic research have enabled humans to manipulate the genes of living organisms with genetic engineering.  This poses a threat to nature's carefully balanced environment, since humans are constructing organisms that nature never intended to exist.  Furthermore, the United States government does not require that genetically altered foods be labeled as such.  Is this ethically responsible?  Should we continue with these scientific advances if we do not understand their consequences?  This paper analyzes the above questions....   [tags: Persuasive Argumentative Essay Examples]
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Affirmative Action and Collective Responsibility - Affirmative Action and Collective Responsibility    It is not surprising that affirmative action is under attack: along with welfare, it benefits a section of society with very little political clout. It is a convenient place for the displaced anger of working-class white men who have seen their real wages decrease for the past thirty years. It stirs up feelings of racism that politicians are quick to publicly denounce but even quicker to exploit. There is, however, very little serious discussion about affirmative action underway; more often it is supplanted by buzzwords such as "quotas," "set-asides," and "reverse discrimination." A serious discussion of affirmative action must begin by...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 2518 words
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Female Genital Mutilation in Islam - Female Genital Mutilation in Islam      Female circumcision is a practice not uncommon in Muslim society.  Although this practice does not only occur within Muslim society, this paper will focus on the practices that do occur within Islamic society.  The Islamic countries with the most prevalence in practicing this form of genital mutilation are Sudan (98%), Somalia (98%), and Egypt (75%) (El Saadawi 34).  Other Islamic countries that practice this are Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and India, which practice this under the name of sunnah circumcision.  Sunnah refers to the Muslim religion, although it is not clearly defined within the religion....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Correct Response to Abortion - The Correct Response to Abortion Psalm 139 has often been noted as a beautiful expression of the value of human life. Taken as a whole, it is a prayer reflecting on God's intimate knowledge of who we are - a knowledge stretching to the moment we were conceived in the womb and before. The theme of continuity is striking. Notice how the author uses personal pronouns with reference to himself both before and after his birth. Past (v.1), present (vv.2-3), future (v.10), and the pre-natal stage as well (v.13)....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 812 words
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The Evil of Human Cloning - Human cloning would certainly lead to social harm.  If an individual led a distraught or irresponsible life, would the clone be inclined to follow in his footsteps. Because of negative publicity, this clone's life may already be in the road to destruction prior to even becoming a clone. Would you want to be the clone of Hannibal, who devoured his victims after he murdered them.      Cloning would also lessen the worth of an individual and diminish the respect for life. If humans feel they can be replaced, like that of an object, then disposing of a human life would come at no great cost to their conscious.  Resulting in perhaps a killing spree that would have no type of harsh punshment.  As...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 598 words
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Abortion - Is it Safe? - Abortion - Is it Safe.      If you have been told that abortion is a "safe and legal" procedure, please keep reading. Many problems can occur either during or after a legal abortion. Most people are unaware of the many dangers associated with abortion.   Ten percent of women undergoing elective abortion will suffer immediate complications, of which one-fifth are considered life-threatening. The most common complications that can occur at the time of an abortion are: ripping or perforation of the uterus, excessive bleeding, infection, embolism, convulsions, hemorrhage, cervical injury, endotoxic shock, fever, second degree burns, vomiting, and chronic abdominal pain....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Human Cloning Should be Condemned - Human Cloning Should be Condemned On November 25, 2001, the news that a firm called Advanced Cell Technology had created human embryos by cloning added new urgency to Congress's and the nation's deliberations on this issue. This past summer, by a 265-to-162 margin, the House of Representatives passed a carefully worded ban on human cloning (H.R. 2505) which President Bush has said he will sign into law. The leadership of the Senate nonetheless has refused to take action on this measure, or even to consider a temporary moratorium on human cloning research....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 608 words
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The Truth About Partial-Birth Abortion - The Truth About Partial-Birth Abortion Three Works cited On June 28, 2000, Justice Clarence Thomas of the US Supreme Court explained a partial-birth abortion in his dissent re the court's ruling which overturned Nebraska's ban on such abortions: "After dilating the cervix, the physician will grab the fetus by its feet and pull the fetal body out of the uterus into the vaginal cavity. At this stage of development, the head is the largest part of the body. [. . .] the head will be held inside the uterus by the woman's cervix....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative] 673 words
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Abortion: Moral Absolutism and Hypocrites - Is Abortion Wrong.   One of the most cherished beliefs of conservatives is that morals are absolute. If an act such as abortion is wrong, they believe, it is wrong for all time; there are no exceptions. Usually, this absolutism arises from the belief that the law of God cannot be broken under any circumstances. Yet, not even the Bible considers an act to be wrong in and of itself -- the scriptures are loaded with exceptions and qualifications to the law. To those who believe that the only exceptions to the law should be those that the Judeo-Christian God gives us, then there are three places to find those exceptions: the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the writings of Christian leader...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Affirmative Action Helps Qualified Minorities - Affirmative Action Helps Qualified Minorities   Affirmative action doesn't require a company to hire the local percentage of women and minorities, qualified or not. The program determines the percentage of qualified women and minorities available to a company, then sets flexible goals, to be reached in good faith. As a result, numerous studies show that minorities who land their jobs through affirmative action are not less qualified than their colleagues. Critics of affirmative action often evoke images of qualified white males being denied jobs so that lesser qualified women and minorities might have them, all in the name of racial and gender fairness....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Failures of Affirmative Action - The Failures of Affirmative Action       Once upon a time, there were two people who went to an interview for only one job position at the same company. The first person attended a prestigious and highly academic university, had years of work experience in the field and, in the mind of the employer, had the potential to make a positive impact on the company's performance. The second person was just starting out in the field and seemed to lack the ambition that was visible in his opponent. "Who was chosen for the job?" you ask....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Benefits of Capital Punishment - Benefits of Capital Punishment      Capital Punishment deters murder, and is just Retribution. Capital punishment, is the execution of criminals by the state, for committing crimes, regarded so heinous, that this is the only acceptable punishment. Capital punishment does not only lower the murder rate, but it's value as retribution alone is a good reason for handing out death sentences. Support for the death penalty in the U.S. has risen to an average of 80% according to an article written by Richard Worsnop, entitled "Death penalty debate centres on Retribution", this figure is slightly lower in Canada where support for the death penalty is at 72% of the population over 18 years of age,...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Death Penalty in America - The Death Penalty in America      The law of God is, "Thou Shalt Not Kill" (Bible 79 ), and every system of ethics and rules of our society echoes that law. For decades, state and federal leaders have struggled with opposing views of the death penalty. Many minds have endured this difficult question-Who says it is right to take another human's life because of an act that he/she committed.     The death penalty is the most severe sentence that can be administered to a criminal (Capital Punishment 1)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Need for Tougher Prisons -   The purpose of the prison system was meant to be a deterrent to crime, as a preventative measure and to those who have already committed crimes, it is supposed to keep them from coming back. Obviously this did not work, today there are overcrowded jails and courts that look to any other way to punish a criminal besides jail time. The other options do not work either, they have not reduced the prison population nor have they created a sort of fear of being punished that a tougher system might do(Faugeron 5)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics Crime]
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The Constitutional Issue of Abortion - The Constitutional Issue of Abortion Three Works Cited Many people believe abortion is only a moral issue, but it is also a constitutional issue. It is a woman's right to choose what she does with her body, and it should not be altered or influenced by anyone else. This right is guaranteed by the ninth amendment, which contains the right to privacy. The ninth amendment states: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." This right guarantees the right to women, if they so choose, to have an abortion, up to the end of the first trimester....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 836 words
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Flag Burning: The Debate Continues - Abstract    Several times in our nation's history, Congress has introduced a bill that would provide for banning flag desecration. Each time, however, the Supreme Court ruled that this act was protected by the First Amendment freedom of speech rights. The debate over this topic continues, with both sides arguing for "the good of the country."    In a 1943 landmark Supreme Court case, Justice Robert H. Jackson wrote, "The freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much" (qtd....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Flag Desecration Should Be Outlawed - Flag Desecration Should Be Outlawed On August 22, 1984, Texas resident Gregory Lee Johnson was arrested for burning an American flag during a protest of the Republican National Convention. Johnson had violated a Texas flag desecration law officially known as the Texas Venerated Objects law, which outlawed "intentionally or knowingly desecrating a national flag" (Goldstein 197). Johnson took his case to the United States Supreme Court. In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled, by a five to four vote, that the Texas law was unconstitutional (Goldstein 202)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1879 words
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The Many Benefits of Hunting - When a Minnesota dentist killed a prized African lion named "Cecil" he received an onslaught of criticism and reignited the debate concerning hunting. I hunt. I have hunted for years and I don't see anything wrong with it.  The reasons I hunt are for the meat, I think it tastes better than store-bought meat and it doesn't have any additives in it, and for the time I get to spend out in the mountains. However, there are some people who are against hunting. The deer and elk population is growing at an alarming rate....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Evolution - Evolution Evolution is a complex process by which the characteristics of living organisms change over many generations as traits are passed from one generation to the next. Many scientists agree on that concept. They have been trying to develop this theory over hundreds of years to make it reasonable and beliveable to people. But is evolution the reason that humans are on earth. People that are not quite religious and have little faith in God believe in evolution. Those who strongly stand by their beliefs supporting evolution, in my opinion, think they know enough about science and biology and all the complexities of the cell and the human being that they forgot who actually created all thi...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive] 592 words
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