Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that accusations of plagiarism in his speeches makes him wish dueling were legal in Kentucky. “I take it as an insult, and I will not lie down and say people can call me dishonest, misleading or misrepresenting -- I have never intentionally done so and like I say, ´If dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know it’d be a duel challenge,´ " Paul said on ABC´s "This Week." Media outlets including POLITICO, MSNBC and Buzzfeed have detailed instances in the Kentucky Republican´s speeches where entire lines seemed to mimic verbatim other sources,
His remarks will play well in Kentucky but are a little too teenager for the rest of the country. I think he´s getting spooked by Ted Cruz. Rand Paul as a real shot at being President, but he needs to look more Presidential than wishing he could call out someone in a dual over something so easily disproved.
Very selective in who they scrutinize. Rush talks about this all the time. They hire people to read or listen to every utterance of some people so they can pounce if a syllable comes out wrong. Others, however can spout nasty, incorrect, lying nonsense non stop and they never notice. Creeps.
Well I was unwarming - until I read the article & watched the video. He did a good job responding to the charges, and the duel bit was just some colorful rhetoric, and quite lowkey. So he´s still good in my book.
The same words and phrases are used inadvertently sometimes too. It happened to me in a post here within the past two days.
Someone had posted an article about President Bush settling into life in Dallas. The comments trended toward whether or not he should speak out about the current political mess.
At some point I used the phrase that inaction, as well as action, sometimes speaks louder than words. Today I read part of a post titled "The Political Genius of Ted Cruz". That piece contained very nearly the same phrase. I had not read the piece before I used that phrase in my comment.
There have been other occasions when I´ve written something and seen something almost verbatim written by someone else later. The same is true of similar thoughts expressed by others. How many times have any one of us started to post here and read another response posted before ours that said almost exactly what we had thought to post? It happens. It´s going to take much more than "a line" to make me believe it was plagiarism.
So many creepy, small, people in America today. If you are one of the ´progressives´ who work every day at planting lies, distortions and half truths, I really wonder what kind of human are you? NO honor, no courage, just a liar. It´s pathetic and all those who seem to gain from it today, will have to answer for it sometime. That accountability used to be the goal of most working journalists, but that group sold out a long time ago. Very few of them should even call themselves men and women.
Rand Paul can muse on any topic he wants. It´s called freedom of speech. If he actually threatens someone by name, we have a court system to deal with it, but of course the left dreams of the day when they can decide who offended the state.
Kentuckians still have grand senses of humor, unlike the mud-slinging lefties. In KY, public officials include these words in their oaths: "I, being a citizen of this State, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within this State nor out of it, nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, nor aided or assisted any person thus offending, so help me God." WE know Sen. Rand Paul just punked all of the left-wing media nut cases!
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