Quotations on Debate

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Since we enacted the PATRIOT Act almost three years ago, there has been tremendous public debate about its breadth and implications on due process and privacy.
- Howard Berman
(Keywords: Act, Debate, Privacy, Public, Years)

I do think that Social Security reform needs to be bipartisan, and we are going to have to reach that in this debate at some time before we can find really meaningful reform.
- Judy Biggert
(Keywords: Time, Debate, Needs, Reform, Security)

We all learned in kindergarten that the beginning is a very good place to start. As we have this debate on illegal immigration and illegal entry into this country, let's begin at the very beginning by sealing the borders to this great Nation.
- Marsha Blackburn
(Keywords: Beginning, Country, Debate, Nation)

As has been pointed out with Libya, the debate over Libya, sometimes we allow diplomatic relations with imperfect regimes because progress can best be made through engagement instead of isolation.
- Earl Blumenauer
(Keywords: Progress, Debate, Isolation)

Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done.
- Edward Bond
(Keywords: Religion, Society, Debate, Drama, Goodness)

While the debate on the Patriot Act is far from over, it is important that all Americans continue in this dialogue and work together to ensure greater security for our nation.
- Jo Bonner
(Keywords: Work, Act, Americans, Debate, Nation, Security)

The tension between "yes" and "no," between "I can" and "I cannot," makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self.
- Anatole Broyard
(Keywords: Life, Debate, Self, Tension)

One needs to know what the hierarchy of values are from which one takes inspiration, and in a democratic society this is the subject of continuous democratic debate.
- Rocco Buttiglione
(Keywords: Society, Inspiration, Values, Debate, Needs)

I was the candidate first time a Green or any progressive third party has ever been in a national televised debate. I was in five of them. And the response from the public was overwhelming.
- Peter Camejo
(Keywords: Time, Debate, First, Party, Public)

Healthy disagreement, debate, leading to compromise has always been the American way.
- Donald L. Carcieri
(Keywords: American, Compromise, Debate, Leading)

I come to urge my party to be open to debate and discussion; to move away from a lock-step litmus test which advocates abortion on demand in an effort to reach a broader national consensus.
- Robert Casey
(Keywords: Abortion, Debate, Effort, Open, Party)

Convinced as I am and as I am from my government that the world needs a new moral architecture over all I believe that this should be the first topic to debate in our world of today, ethics, moral.
- Hugo Chavez
(Keywords: Architecture, Government, Debate, Ethics, First, Needs, Today, World)

A little tough talk in the midst of a campaign or as part of a presidential debate cannot obscure a record of 30 years of being on the wrong side of defense issues.
- Dick Cheney
(Keywords: Being, Debate, Defense, Talk, Wrong, Years)

As I have been saying for more than a year now, turning this vital mission over to the Iraqi people as soon as possible should remain a topic of debate for Congress while relying on our military commanders to set up the timetable.
- Howard Coble
(Keywords: People, Commanders, Congress, Debate, Military, Mission, Now, Saying)

Political debate with liberals is basically impossible in America today because liberals are calling names while conservatives are trying to make arguments.
- Ann Coulter
(Keywords: America, Arguments, Debate, Liberals, Names, Today, Trying)

When every one of your arguments is characterized an attempt to bring back slavery or resegregate lunch counters, it's a little hard to have any sort of productive debate.
- Ann Coulter
(Keywords: Arguments, Debate, Slavery)

I never let politics get personal. You can have the most intense, heated debate on issues, and so long as you keep it on issues, you can go out and have coffee afterwards and you're good friends.
- Phil Crane
(Keywords: Politics, Coffee, Debate, Friends)

Upon the Constitution, upon the pre-existing legal rights of the People, as understood in this country and in England, I have argued that this House is bound to revive the Petition under debate.
- Caleb Cushing
(Keywords: Legal, People, Constitution, Country, Debate, EnglRights)

Sir, allusion has been made, in an early stage of this debate, to the history of the excitement which once pervaded a considerable part of the country, in reference to the transportation of the mails on the Lord's day.
- Caleb Cushing
(Keywords: History, Country, Day, Debate, Excitement)

I refer, of course, to the debts our nation has amassed for itself over decades of indulgence. It is the new Red Menace, this time consisting of ink. We can debate its origins endlessly and search for villains on ideological grounds, but the reality is pure arithmetic.
- Mitch Daniels
(Keywords: Time, Arithmetic, Debate, Nation, Reality)

I have been defending Israel's right to exist, and to defend itself against terrorism, for many years-on college campuses, in television appearances and in debate.
- Alan Dershowitz
(Keywords: College, Debate, Israel, Right, Television, Terrorism, Years)

This country is about, in my judgment, aggressive, open debate. There is an old saying: When everyone is thinking the same thing, no one is thinking very much.
- Byron Dorgan
(Keywords: Country, Debate, Judgment, Old, Open, Thinking)

We can know nothing till after this grave debate. The soul must withdraw, for this is not its hour. Now the knife must divide the flesh, and lay the ravage bare, and do its work completely.
- Georges Duhamel
(Keywords: Work, Soul, Debate, Grave, Nothing, Now)

As you look around the country there are still a significant number of states where their whole school debate is over school funding and we've been focused on the quality debate for most of the '90s.
- John Engler
(Keywords: Quality, Country, Debate, School, states)

But, we have had the debate in our country now for a number of years as to whether or not free trade agreements are good for economic growth and economic opportunity in creating jobs and lifting people out of poverty.
- Donald Evans
(Keywords: People, Opportunity, Growth, Country, Debate, Jobs, Now, Poverty, Trade, Years)

For the life of me, I don't understand what honest motive there is in putting this in front of this body to philosophically debate marriage on a constitutional amendment that is not going to happen, and which is enormously divisive in all of our communities.
- Dianne Feinstein
(Keywords: Life, Marriage, Body, Debate, Motive)

I should add that it is open to debate whether what we call the writing of history these days is truly scientific.
- Lion Feuchtwanger
(Keywords: History, Debate, Open, Writing)

Most of the debate over the cultures of death and life is about process. The debate focuses on the technology available to determine how we prolong life and how and when we end it.
- Suzanne Fields
(Keywords: Death, Life, Technology, Debate, End)

As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration, we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants that contribute so much to our nation's economy and culture.
- Bob Filner
(Keywords: Legal, Congress, Culture, Debate, Economy, Nation)

Linguistic philosophers continue to argue that probably music is not a language, that is in the philosophical debate. Another point of view is to say that music is a very profound language.
- Robert Fripp
(Keywords: Music, Debate, Language)

There was endless controversy as to whether the acts of the New Deal did actually move recovery or retard it, and nothing final could ever come of that bitter debate because it is forever impossible to prove what might have happened in place of what did.
- Garet Garrett
(Keywords: Controversy, Debate, Nothing)

I liked discussion and debate and thought that these skills fit well with law. I also had an interest in justice - and later learned that sometimes law and justice actually agree!
- Harold H. Greene
(Keywords: Thought, Debate, Interest, Justice, Law)

Oh, there's going to be debate because you're dealing with the Bible and religion is supposed to be separate from state and that to me is already a conflict before it even hits the gay issue.
- Pam Grier
(Keywords: Religion, Bible, Conflict, Debate, Gay, State)

While this debate today is a belated effort to inform the American people, it is nevertheless an empty gesture. It is time to admit our mistake in Iraq and begin to bring our troops home with honor.
- Raul Grijalva
(Keywords: Home, Time, Mistake, People, American, Debate, Effort, Honor, Iraq, Today, Troops)

If this Nation really wants to create an effective border security policy, we need to have a debate that includes a discussion about actual solutions to our problems, which means taking all of the political grandstanding and baiting out of the equation.
- Raul Grijalva
(Keywords: Policy, Debate, Nation, Problems, Security)

You can get on with your job. I'm going to get on with mine. And mine is to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland, that's what they expect from me and I'm not going to be deflected by interesting academic or media speculation or attempts to take the whole debate back.
- Peter Hain
(Keywords: People, Debate, Ireland, Job, Media)

The federal government seeks to control and regulate the Internet, but the last thing this Congress should be doing is trying to stifle public debate online.
- Dennis Hastert
(Keywords: Government, Control, Congress, Debate, Internet, Public, Trying)

You do now have one in three people, as shown by the famous Carlton Monarchy debate poll, saying they want to get rid of the Monarchy. That was unthinkable even three, four years ago.
- Anthony Holden
(Keywords: People, Debate, Famous, Now, Saying, Want, Years)

It may happen sometimes that a long debate becomes the cause of a longer friendship. Commonly, those who dispute with one another at last agree.
- Elbert Hubbard
(Keywords: Friendship, Cause, Debate, May)

Unfortunately, you know, working in a spirit of cooperation and respect requires someone else to reach back, and I don't think that's happened and it's been disappointing because the debate in our country has become so rancorous.
- Karen Hughes
(Keywords: Cooperation, Country, Debate, Respect, Spirit)

Much of the debate over global warming is predicated on fear, rather than science.
- James Inhofe
(Keywords: Science, Fear, Debate, Global warming)

The US constitution's First Amendment rights only cover Americans, but I believe that in a democracy the competition of ideas and free speech should combat beliefs that it does not agree with - more speech and debate, not censorship.
- Joichi Ito
(Keywords: Ideas, Americans, Beliefs, Censorship, Competition, Constitution, Debate, Democracy, First, Free speech, Rights)

Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.
- Jesse Jackson
(Keywords: Soul, Debate, Democracy)

I've enjoyed doing Wolf Blitzer's program, and I even enjoyed having a heated debate with Bill O'Reilly. I will do it any time.
- Bianca Jagger
(Keywords: Time, Debate, Will)

You've got to work things out in the cloakroom, and when you've got them worked out, you can debate a little before you vote.
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Keywords: Work, Debate, Vote)

I raise this objection to debate the process, and protect the integrity of the true will of the people.
- Stephanie Tubbs Jones
(Keywords: People, Debate, Integrity, Will)

It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision.
- Barbara Jordan
(Keywords: Decision, Debate, Passion, Reason)

I've led a school whose faculty and students examine and discuss and debate every aspect of our law and legal system. And what I've learned most is that no one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom. I've learned that we make progress by listening to each other, across every apparent political or ideological divide.
- Elena Kagan
(Keywords: Legal, Wisdom, Truth, Progress, Debate, Law, Listening, School, Students)

Is there something to be said for the writings of the Marquis? Is there something to be said for pornography? And is there something to be said against both? I hope our film is balanced and rich enough to encourage debate and discussion.
- Philip Kaufman
(Keywords: Hope, Debate, Film, Pornography)

With or without a Social Security fix, Americans don't have enough assets to retire on. There has to be a much larger debate.
- Frank Keating
(Keywords: Americans, Debate, Security)



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