The 7th Ordinary Meeting of the 165th Session of the Literific took place on the 14th of November in the Canada Room (boo Canada). Tara, AKA the person writing these minutes was chairing and so the minutes are sorta so-so. There was no Private Members Business and in President’s Question Time Tara explained that President Kydd was suffering from a mental breakdown due to the shouts of #shameresign.
The motion was THB the US is So 20th Century.
Julia Andrade Rocha opened the debate for the proposition. She felt that the US no longer taken seriously and that it is letting its people down. She told the House that the US is pushing people away by spying on them and that no one is taking it seriously anymore.
Dr Stefan Andreasson defended the US, claiming that everything that once made it a great power continues to make it so. He commented on its continuity and on its formidable influence which is seen through mass immigration, unrivaled military capacity and social media such as Twitter.
Vincent Wooding continued for the proposition, listing all that is wrong with America. He explained that the US is still in the Cold War and still has a world power complex. As well as this, he told the House that the US is still in the 20th century as far as civil rights go.
Cormac Manning, making his maiden speech to the society, argued that America has a lot of influence on other countries and is thus still relevant. He talked about its power in trade and politics and how these two factors are recognized worldwide showing its international power.
Andy Carruthers compared the US today to the US of the 20th century. He explained that although the US has soft power and the substance has changed, that the US remains in the Cold War mentality of the 20th Century. He commented on the insecurities and paranoia that have made the US outdated.
Tyler McNally closed the debate. He told the House that he didn’t just hate America but if fact hated the whole world, that the US may be backwards politically but so are all other countries. He reminded the House of things from the 20th century that are still going today and that this doesn’t mean they’re outdated.
The debate then went to the floor. Questions were heard from Conor Conneally, Oran Kennedy, Malachy McCrudden, Stephen Goss, Brendan Kelters, Nick Millington, James McAlister, Marie-Louise Synnott, Charlie Barnes, Tony Gallagher and Ben Murphy.
Both sides summarised and we went to a vote. The motion was defeated.