hendrickson neg - Cypress Woods JD Jordan Durrani Real fuckin T Realism NC Since ought implies a moral obligation I value morality The value criterion

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Cypress Woods JD Real fuckin T Jordan Durrani Realism NC Since ought implies a moral obligation, I value morality. The value criterion is promoting the national interest. First, governments must prioritize self-preservation at its forefront as the only way to have obligations in the first place- the state must exist to be bound by morality. Second, the resolution questions the nature of an obligation to extend rights to a group outside of the US jurisdiction. The only metric to determine the content of a governmental obligation is through protecting citizens. Kennan , (Morality and Foreign Policy George F. Kennan From Foreign Affairs, Winter 1985/86 George F. Kennan is Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Copyright © 1985 by George F. Kennan) Second, let us recognize that the functions, commitments and moral obligations of governments are not the same as those of the individual. Government[s] is an agent, not a principal. Its primary obligation is to the interests of the national society it represents, not to the moral impulses that individual elements of that society may experience. No more than the attorney vis- à-vis the client, nor the doctor vis-à-vis the patient, can government attempt to insert itself into the consciences of those whose interests it represents. Let me explain. The interests of the national society for which government has to concern itself are basically those of its military security, the integrity of its political life and the well-being of its people. These needs have no moral quality. They arise from the very existence of the national state in question and from the status of national sovereignty it enjoys. They are the unavoidable necessities of a national existence and therefore not subject to classification as either "good" or "bad." And, under realism, the government would never have an obligation outside of those for its own citizens, because the extent of government obligations only extends to those inside of its jurisidiction. Definitionally, noncitizens are those that operate outside of this political order. The thesis of the negative position is that no obligation exists to those outside of the United States because a government only has positive obligations to its citizens.
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