Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has been in the news a lot lately. A few days ago, charges of plagiarism were leveled against him for apparently using Wikipedia. Rachel Maddow did an explosive piece on her show on her October 28th show, noting remarkable similarities in Paul’s speech offering his support for the gubernatorial hopes of Virginia’s Ken Cuccinelli. Similarities such as these:
From Paul’s speech: “In the movie Gattaca, in the not-too-distant future, eugenics is common and DNA plays a primary role in determining your social class.”
From the Wikipedia entry: “In the not-too-distant future, liberal eugenics is common and DNA plays the primary role in determining social class”
From Paul’s speech: “Due to frequent screenings, Vincent faces genetic discrimination and prejudice. The only way to achieve his dream of being an astronaut is he has to become what’s called a “borrowed ladder.”
From Wikipedia: “Due to frequent screening, Vincent faces genetic discrimination and prejudice. The only way he can achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut is to become a “borrowed ladder”
While Paul and his PR team fumbled around for an emergency exit strategy, (Paul’s assertion that he did not write the movie Gattaca, did not work for some reason), it now appears they have found an evasive maneuver to cover Paul’s Libertarian ass. But their attempts to pull a Watergate style “erasing of the tape” did not escape Maddow’s radar. Last night she made the following observation:
“As examples of his plagiarizing from Wikipedia and other sources pile up, Rand Paul’s Senate office now appears to have started scrubbing his Senate website to make it harder to get the text of his speeches.”
Yes, you read that correctly! The standard bearer for the libertarian philosophy is actually trying to cover-up his predilection for “borrowing” from other folks. Has his staff done a thorough cleansing of written transcripts of all his speeches from his website as a pre-emptive move to block more embarrassing “coincidences”? It appears to be true, although they did leave many of the video recording up. It should be easy for investigative journalists and inquiring minds to listen as they type out a written transcript! If they also work as courtroom recorders in their day job.
Then again, maybe in a libertarian world, that’s OK! After all, libertarians would thoroughly cleanse any attempts of government to set rules for enterprising individuals. Perhaps in Rand Paul’s addled brain, the idea of intellectual property is meaningless. He should have liberty in all things of course. He is not bound by laws or rules of conduct. So I guess he can steal whatever he wants, without consequences. Stay tuned for much more!!