I’m sure you’re aware by now that Donald Trump’s wife’s speech at the Republican Convention included lines from a previous speech that Michelle Obama had given. The media and the Never Trump crowd are horrified. I’m not.
I don’t expect much from politicians or their wives, and neither should you. We want them to do less not more. When we don’t look for political saviors, we won’t be disappointed when they don’t save us.
Our view of politics and politicians should be anti-messianic. The same is true of education and anything else the government controls.
The sad thing about this subject is that nearly all politicians don’t write their own speeches. To me, this is the greater sin. This goes double for legislation that’s passed without most of our elected officials reading it. Who actually writes the legislation? Who wrote the 2000+ pages of The Affordable Care Act? Does anyone know?
I’d be willing to wager that there’s a lot more plagiarism among Democrats (see the Top Ten List) than Republicans but since those in the media are pro-Democrat, they don’t care very much about what bad things Democrats do since they are doing them for a “righteous” cause. For Democrats, the ends do justify the means. Why do you think Ted Kennedy was kept in power after Chappaquiddick? The Democrats needed his name and political clout to push their agenda forward. Mary Jo Kopechne was the inevitable but necessary collateral damage for the greater good.
Read related article: “Obama’s 15 Unpaid Tickets, Rubio’s 4, and Ted Kennedy’s 1.”
For those who have a short memory or no memory at all of particular historical events, Vice-President Joe Biden was accused of plagiarism in 1987 during his bid for the presidency. It seems that he borrowed passages from British politician Neil Kinnock and claimed them as his own. But since these were speeches rather than published material, few people were openly critical. (Remember, Biden is a liberal Democrat.)
Before too long, a number of journalists did some digging and found that Biden had also lifted passages from speeches given by Robert Kennedy. To add further damage to his already shaken credibility, reports began to surface that Biden had padded his academic record.
Even these revelations did not end his earlier presidential aspirations. The weight of further revelations of impropriety did him in. Twenty years earlier, Biden had received a failing grade in a law school course for plagiarizing a legal article. He had copied five pages from another work while only supplying one footnote.
Biden claimed that he had been unaware of the appropriate standards for legal briefs, therefore, his actions were not “malevolent.” Sounds like an early version of the Hillary Clinton defense. As long as a person is not aware that he has done something wrong or that she did not intend to wrong, there is nothing to prosecute.
Try these arguments with the IRS and let me know how well it goes, unless, of course, you’re a Democrat politician.