I’m sure by now many of you have heard about the story where Rand Paul was caught blatantly plagiarizing the Wikipedia page of the science fiction movie Gattaca during a speech where he claimed abortion, mixed with science, might lead to eugenics.
That revelation then lead to deeper investigations of his speeches, which produced evidence showing numerous instances where the Kentucky Senator had plagiarized. One revelation found in this investigation into a few of Paul’s speeches was that during his “State of the Union” response, the senator had clearly taken text directly from an Associated Press story and passed it off as his own information.
Well, it seems Senator Paul and his people have decided to make it more difficult to prove that he’s plagiarized his speeches by going through his website and removing transcripts to speeches he’s posted.
Talk about shady.
Sure, they’re leaving the videos of these speeches up. But they’re going back and removing the transcripts so it makes it much more difficult to identify plagiarism that might exist in some of those he’s given in the past.
Can you imagine if President Obama did something like this? Imagine if Obama was caught plagiarizing a speech, which then produced investigations that showed numerous other times where his speeches were taken from sources he did not credit, then suddenly transcripts of his speeches began vanishing from his website.
Ironically, it would be people like Senator Paul, and the Paul-bots who blindly cheer him on, who would be leading the charge against President Obama in what I’m sure they would call something like his “cover up of lies and deceit.”
Yet, when it comes to their right-wing hero Rand Paul, I’m sure somehow this overwhelming amount of evidence that shows he’s plagiarized numerous speeches in the past is “no big deal.”
The plagiarism itself is bad enough, but to see evidence where those in charge of Rand Paul’s website seem to have orders to sift through his speeches and remove transcripts from some of them tells a bigger story. To me it seems that they were aware this was going on, got caught, and are now going back to make exposing his plagiarism more difficult for anyone trying to investigate this behavior.
Again, something that if President Obama was caught doing, would send people like Rand Paul and his supporters into a frenzy of conspiracy theory rhetoric and attacks.
But what bothers me most isn’t really the plagiarism, though it’s a much bigger deal than I think most people are aware of (trust me, work in this business and have your hard work or ideas ripped off — it’s really annoying). What bothers me most is the fact that there seems to be a conscious effort on his website to cover up evidence that might expose further plagiarism.
He got caught, still refuses to own up to what he did, and now he’s trying to cover up any further investigation into it.
Say what you want about President Obama and the “Obamacare” website, but at least the president has owned up and taken responsibility for the issues it’s having.
Yet Senator Paul appears to be making a calculated effort to try to cover up his past plagiarism by making it harder for people to scan transcripts of his speeches for similarities with other sources. Or as Rand Paul supporters would say if Obama was the one caught doing this, “A corrupt government conspiracy to cover up the truth!”
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