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August 22, 2020

Plagiarism Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

If you are like most people watching Joe Biden’s acceptance speech Thursday night, you awoke from a deep slumber around 3 AM, an empty glass of bourbon in your hand.

Also, you were deeply moved by his closing remarks:

“Love is more powerful than hate. Hope is more powerful than fear. And light is more powerful than dark. This is our moment. This is our mission.”

It’s like Aristotle and Shakespeare had a baby (which we understand is possible now). It is in fact so moving, so powerful, that it transcends meaning.

Seriously, we have no idea what it means, but we can tell it’s very deep and soulful based on what CNN told us to think about it.

Like all transcendent oratory, it is not without controversy. Some have suggested that Biden plagiarized the late Canadian politician Jack Layton who wrote in a farewell letter shortly before his death:

"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair.”

As you can see, this is clearly not plagiarism. First of all, barely half the words are the same. Second of all, no one in the United States knows who Jack Layton is.

Regardless, this mix of philosophy and poetry has inspired us to take pen in hand and write our own message to the people of the United States:

“Good is better than bad. Life is better than death. And pie is better than kale. This is our moment. This is our dessert.”

You’re welcome.

J.

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August 22, 2020 at 09:40 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink

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