Declining life expectancy in the usa a sign of a dying culture
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Life expectancy in the USA is declining because of hopelessness a clear sign of cultural decline https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/09/us-life-expectancy-has-been-declining-heres-why.html
C1: Life Expectancy is A Poor Predictor of Dying Cultures
The zeitgeist is never composed of purely positive qualities though. Despite the fervent discontent the American public had for the 2016 election (which the US will inevitable experience again in the 2020 election), no one can deny that it was one that was culturally significant. Trump’s brand of nationalism revitalized nativism and became a rallying cry for Americans who perceived that the US was leaving them behind. Additionally, the scandals, lies, and failed policies that marred the candidates in the 2016 elections will probably be discussed in history classes in a matter of decades. In fact, economic downturns and widespread death has led to cultures developing, even if the people suffered. The Vietnam War comes to mind with its chest-thumping, anti-war songs and civil protests. The Great Depression also has a recognizable culture of oppression and cynical rejection of the American Dream. Perhaps the most noticeable culture that developed out of reductive attitudes would be the civil rights movements that inspired minority groups to struggle for true freedom.
My opponent has not addressed my original points. Extend these across the entire debate.
My opponent needed to show how America’s cultural traditions, art, or way of life is dying due to the drug abuses and suicides. He never does that. For all we know, this isn’t indicative of a dying culture, but instead is a sign of a dying population. While there is some overlap in the definitions, they aren’t completely intertwined. Also, as my opponent noted, the US has experienced a dip in life expectancy before and recovered. How do we know that the dip in life expectancy isn’t temporary? Furthermore, was/is American culture always positive? The answer to the latter is no. As I’ve shown through my numerous examples, the US has gone through civil wars, depressions, and draconian working conditions. Culture flourished in the form of books, art, new ideas, and social organizations.
Even if my opponent similarly thinks that the link between his points and the topic is “obvious,” he needs to explain it. Sans any analysis, I implore the judges to strike this point from the flow.