Interesting what the press thinks is important.  Plagiarism is of course pretty serious stuff.  Pastors need to remember to source and quote and recognize that not everything that we say is original material.  It is also impossible not to take other peoples words and use them if you read enough and study enough because there are words and phrases that stick in your head.  You may not remember who said them, but you remember that you read them.

At the Republican convention Rudy Giuliani used someone else’s words to devastating effect without mentioning from where those words came.

Ms. Trump evidently used Ms. Obamas words as pedestrian as those words may have been.  They were strangely reminiscent of things my parents said 50 years ago, so I might conclude that she plagiarized my Mom and Dad.

Every time Hillary say’s that she is “fighting for working people” she is plagiarizing someone, probably Andrew Jackson.

Joe Biden plagiarized not only a British Parliamentarian’s speech a while back, but he ripped off the guys whole life.  Suddenly the Delaware Biden’s were coal miners that played soccer on their breaks from dark, hard work that they did as they dug that horrible polluting stuff out of the ground.  No wonder that the Democrats are so bent on putting the coal industry and its workers out of business.  Of course the press was very hard on him back then, at least that is how I remember it.  So hard he had to retire from the campaign.  That was in 1988.  Somehow the press forgot all it about it when Obama picked Biden as vice- President.  Maybe they were afraid that if they wrote about it they would be plagiarizing.

Obama “borrowed” an entire speech from Deval Patrick that caused a bit of a stir in the day but Obama could have ripped off the Gettysberg Address and folks wouldn’t have cared.

One of the things that Biden said that was original and never got much play was something that he might wish he had plagiarized and then could blame the original author.  At the beginning of the 2008 Democratic primary campaign, Jan. 31, 2007, Biden said about Obama, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”1.

So for the press out there that are going nuts about what the beautiful Melania said that sounded like what the first lady said, let’s put the best construction on everything.  Either she was mocking the first lady or, what is more likely, she got a speech writer that was raised in public schools and educated in a college and university system that never taught them about things they needed to know to be what they wanted to be.  Also the younger generation raised on face book and twitter are basically lazy, so lets go there.  Or maybe, press, let’s try something really interesting and start focusing on what these politicians and their wives actually do, rather than on what they say.

Today there is much angst over those mean Republicans chanting that Hilary should be locked up.  It made the press “cringe”.  All the stuff that Hilary has done since she first appeared on the political stage hounding Nixon until he resigned that made some cringe could fill a stadium.  Nixon became an unindicted co-conspirator and that label never left him.  The FBI Director basically said the same thing about Hilary and her staff.  There will be a lot more cringing before these conventions are over.

  1.  For you under thirty types that graduated from a prestigious college, this is called a “footnote”.  Footnotes or endnotes acknowledge which parts of a paper reference particular sources. Generally, you want to provide the author’s name, publication title, publication information, date of publication, and page number(s) if it is the first time the source is being used. 2.