It’s Just Biden Being Biden

 

If you had your money on “A Former Canadian Politician” in the “Who Is Biden Going to Plagiarize In His Acceptance Speech?” office pool, cash in your chit and collect your winnings.

At a speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, Biden’s final address included the lines, “For love is more powerful than hate. Hope is more powerful than fear. And light is more powerful than dark.”

Social media was quick to point out that the words were eerily similar to ones found in a letter Layton wrote before he died in 2011.

“My friends, love is better than anger,” said Layton in his letter. “Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair.”

Okay, to be honest, as Biden plagiarisms go, this one is pretty weak. Frankly, I’m disappointed, He is oh so much better at taking the words out of other people’s mouths than this most recent lame attempt at claiming other people’s ideas as his own.

Biden figured out that plagiarism was his ticket to near-greatness in law school, where he used other people’s work to obtain his law degree, (and placed near the bottom of the class while doing so). Biden then jumped into the spotlight of American politics by ripping off the words of failed British politician and hard-left socialist Neil Kinnock during his 1988 Presidential bid. An uproar then ensued, and Biden dropped out of the race. Apparently the Democrats held their politicians to higher standards in 1988 than they do today. Let’s move on because Lord knows the Democrats have.

This year, not only did it steal the words of a socialist Canadian politician, Biden then did himself one better by ripping off the words of failed American politician and hard-left socialist Bernie Sanders.

He’s a regular United Nations of Plagiarism, willing to claim the work of other Socialist politicians as his own, thereby proving that despite what people say, real socialism has been tried before, and it has brought us Joe Biden.

Now Biden is the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, a man who has a clear vision for America.

Just not his own of course. That’s just not the Joe Biden way.

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  1. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge
    DonG (skeptic)
    @DonG

    I think Biden’s version is significantly better.  The original has “hope” and “optimism”, which are synonyms and that makes the triple repetitive.  By using “light” and “dark”, the Biden version is superior as it contains a true triple.  A true triple is a good literary technique. 

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  2. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
    Eustace C. Scrubb
    @EustaceCScrubb

    As scandals go (and Biden and the Dems have plenty), this is on the scale of stealing someone else’s recipe for oatmeal.  (Though oatmeal is more exciting than that speech.)

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  3. OccupantCDN Coolidge
    OccupantCDN
    @OccupantCDN

    You got my hopes up. You really think Justine Trudeau will be a former Canadian Politician by November? But no.

    Btw Jack Layton, isnt a former Canadian politician, he dead. He didn’t reform, he’s late.

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  4. Umbra Fractus Inactive
    Umbra Fractus
    @UmbraFractus

    But… isn’t anger, fear, and despair the the Democrats’ entire platform this year?

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  5. Flicker Coolidge
    Flicker
    @Flicker

    Kevin Creighton: And light is more powerful than dark.

    This was a change from his original draft: “And light is more powerful than heavy.”

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  6. Flicker Coolidge
    Flicker
    @Flicker

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    Btw Jack Layton, isnt a former Canadian politician, he dead. He didn’t reform, he’s late.

    “And alive is more powerful than late!”

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  7. TBA Coolidge
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    @RobtGilsdorf

    Kevin Creighton:

    If you had your money on “A Former Canadian Politician” in the “Who Is Biden Going to Plagiarize In His Acceptance Speech?” office pool, cash in your chit and collect your winnings.

    [quote snipped]

    Okay, to be honest, as Biden plagiarisms go, this one is pretty weak. Frankly, I’m disappointed, He is oh so much better at taking the words out of other people’s mouths than this most recent lame attempt at claiming other people’s ideas as his own.

    Biden figured out that plagiarism was his ticket to near-greatness in law school, where he used other people’s work to obtain his law degree, (and placed near the bottom of the class while doing so). Biden then jumped into the spotlight of American politics by ripping off the words of failed British politician and hard-left socialist Neil Kinnock during his 1988 Presidential bid. An uproar then ensued, and Biden dropped out of the race. Apparently the Democrats held their politicians to higher standards in 1988 than they do today. Let’s move on because Lord knows the Democrats have.

    This year, not only did it steal the words of a socialist Canadian politician, Biden then did himself one better by ripping off the words of failed American politician and hard-left socialist Bernie Sanders.

    He’s a regular United Nations of Plagiarism, willing to claim the work of other Socialist politicians as his own, thereby proving that despite what people say, real socialism has been tried before, and it has brought us Joe Biden.

    Now Biden is the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, a man who has a clear vision for America.

    Just not his own of course. That’s just not the Joe Biden way.

    I’ve no problem blaming Joe for this as he is ultimately responsible for the words that come out of his mouth, but I sincerely doubt wrote that or personally stole it. That was done by his speechwriter in full knowledge of Biden’s plagiarism problem.

    It was done on purpose.

    They want this on record either to blunt anyone’s caring about plagiarism (which is not the sin it once was; Wiki is copy/pasted into essays with abandon. College students hand in purchased papers all the time.

    But more than that, plagiarism is part of the Biden brand.

    It simply doesn’t matter that he does it because it’s a Lovable Ol’ Joe thing.

    The left has learned from Trump who also profits by embracing the things he is criticized for.

    Or maybe they’re just experimenting.

    Or perhaps they hope Biden will lose. It’s impossible to tell because the rules have are in flux.

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  8. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):

    As scandals go (and Biden and the Dems have plenty), this is on the scale of stealing someone else’s recipe for oatmeal. (Though oatmeal is more exciting than that speech.)

    Yeah, there is an immense amount of stuff to criticize Biden for, but these are fairly common sentiments.  A researcher could probably find a hundred examples that are very close to those words in various speeches and sermons over the last century.

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  9. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):

    As scandals go (and Biden and the Dems have plenty), this is on the scale of stealing someone else’s recipe for oatmeal. (Though oatmeal is more exciting than that speech.)

    Yeah, there is an immense amount of stuff to criticize Biden for, but these are fairly common sentiments. A researcher could probably find a hundred examples that are very close to those words in various speeches and sermons over the last century.

    The sentiments yes. The rhetorical devices and the sentiments is another matter. 

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  10. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Australia called. They want to know why none of their favorite sons have been plagiarized yet. Come on, Man! Get on the stick.

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  11. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    @ChrisCampion

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Australia called. They want to know why none of their favorite sons have been plagiarized yet. Come on, Man! Get on the stick.

    See the source image

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  12. Kervinlee Inactive
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    If one is going to take the risky course of plagiarism with its attendant dangers of exposure and shame, why pick such trite baloney as“For love is more powerful than hate. Hope is more powerful than fear. And light is more powerful than dark.”?

    I would have gone with “Now is the winter of our discontent…”

     

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  13. Arahant Member
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    @Arahant

    Kervinlee (View Comment):
    I would have gone with “Now is the winter of our discontent…”

    In so many ways, this works.

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  14. MISTER BITCOIN Inactive
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    @MISTERBITCOIN

    The only thing that is different about Biden is his senility.

    It’s cruel the Democrats and his wife are subjecting him to public ridicule when they know their only chance to defeat Trump is by cheating using mail ballots, ballot harvesting/vote counting shenanigans and violence from BLM and Antifa.

     

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