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the Publics Right to Know ought to be valued above a candidate for public office's right to privacy

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yes because the American people have a right to know a candidates health and past actions
 

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yes because the American people have a right to know a candidates health and past actions

Depends on what you want to know.
 

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Depends on what you want to know.

the resolution just states generally so you cannot narrow it otherwise you are narrowing the scope of the debate
 

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yes because the American people have a right to know a candidates health and past actions

Citizens already have access to public records. Just file a Freedom of Information Act request.

However, they do not have a "right" to any records that would otherwise be private/confidential as for any other citizen.

HIPAA Law protects medical records.

Individual tax records are protected under 26 U.S.C. Section 6103 as confidential information. https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/6103

Now one can argue it would be in a candidate's best interest to be as honest as possible, but demanding non-public information just to satisfy your own personal concerns/curiosity? No. :no:

Still, you can choose to vote based on whatever you think best for you. If you think this information is so important you can't vote unless you have it?

Then either don't vote or vote for someone else. :shrug:
 
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yes because the American people have a right to know a candidates health and past actions

Roper: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law!
More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
Roper: I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you — where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast — man's laws, not God's — and if you cut them down — and you're just the man to do it — d'you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake.

Never forget, if the government can strip away the privacy of an individual citizen, even a politician, it can do the same to you. Every power you give to the government is a rod that can be fashioned for your own back.
 
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yes because the American people have a right to know a candidates health and past actions

Where is that written in the constitution or any other laws???
 

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the resolution just states generally so you cannot narrow it otherwise you are narrowing the scope of the debate

You have to narrow the scope of the debate. Just saying "we deserve to know" without defining WHAT you deserve to know is too open ended.
 

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The qualifications for high office are spelled out. The right to privacy a little vague. but:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath ...

You don't lose that protection when running for office.
 

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Roper: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law!
More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
Roper: I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you — where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast — man's laws, not God's — and if you cut them down — and you're just the man to do it — d'you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake.

Never forget, if the government can strip away the privacy of an individual citizen, even a politician, it can do the same to you. Every power you give to the government is a rod that can be fashioned for your own back.

When a candidate runs for public office he agrees to a social contract to give up certain rights to better serve the people of the demorcracy in which they live. In john lockes social contract theory (Thomas Jefferson called the Constitution "Pure Locke") he belived that a government is by the people for the people thus in order to better serve the public candidates give up rights to create a fuller demorcracy
 

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yes because the American people have a right to know a candidates health and past actions

One the other hand if we insist upon being jerks then the only people who will sign up are those who desire to abuse us.
 
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