Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Learning from a Senator's Mistakes

This past week, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has come under fire for several instances of plagiarism in his speeches and written work. Here's a link to an article about the most recent discovery.

This brings us up a great discussion of what "counts" as plagiarism. Paul has countered that these are simple oversights that shouldn't be a big deal, and the spoken word isn't subject to the same rules of the written word since you can't cite in a speech. But is this true? Fair?

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?


  1. If that's the case, then we could just recite a whole speech that someone else has already spoken and try and make everyone believe it was us who first spoke it; it's plagiarism. You can cite in a speech, you say, "As Barack Obama once said.. "blah blah blah". You don't just go repeating everything in a speech that you heard people say without giving them credit. Or if citing from something you read, you can simply say, "I recently read an article in (blah) magazine that I agree with, it states.." and so on. This guy Rand Paul just seems to be stealing other peoples words and hoping no one notices. But guess what buddy, you've been noticed! I mean, if it was just a one time thing, then okay, there could be some wild coincidence that you just happened to say the same thing that was stated previous somewhere else, but for it to happen so many times? As Ed Lover would say, "C'mon Son, get the f*$% outta here with that bull*&#@"!

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  3. Can I recite the Gettysburg Address instead of doing the Essay?

  4. Hi when and where we need to give the final essay please let me know

    1. So this is kind of a random place to ask this ;-)

      But they're due in my office between 8:30 and 10:30am on Monday.