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Thursday, February 08, 2007

G.O.P.: Grand Old Plagiarists, the official website of the Republican National Committee, encourages their supporters to write letters to local newspapers. I have no problem with that. The small minority of Americans foolish enough to support this president should feel free to publish their ignorance far and wide...It's a free country after all--or at least it used to be.

The problem I have with the letter-writing campaign isn't that they present some 'writing points' that express the RNC-sanctioned positions on the issues Republicans prefer to discuss. What bothers me is that they don't advise their supporters that cutting and pasting their talking points into letters and claiming those words as your own is plagiarism.

I know that this is common knowledge for most people with a sixth grade education. They shouldn't have to suggest to their readers that plagiarism is unethical. Then again, when you're dealing with republicans, cheating, not thinking for yourself, and letting other people do work you yourself take all the credit for seems to be the modus operandi.

Here are a just of few Grand Old Plagiarists I'm outing today: These letters to the editor are cut and pasted, and represent the RNC 'writing points' word-for-word:

President Bush has a clear plan for victory in Iraq that begins with training Iraqi forces so they can defend their country and fight the terrorists. We are making tremendous progress toward this objective.Earlier this year, Iraqi forces led the fight in clearing out terrorists during the crucial battle of Tal Afar, with U.S. troops in a supporting role, and, every day, Iraqis are taking more control of the situation on the ground.Withdrawing from Iraq, as some Democrats in Washington propose, would send a dangerous signal to our enemies that we cut and run when the going gets tough.President Bush is offering a clear strategy to win, not a political quick fix.

Here's to you, Laura Pusateri or El Paso, Texas, for giving us all a poignant example of what today's GOP stands for. You'd be GOP plagiarist of the day if not for Michael Hawkins, of Bluefield, WV, who deftly and dutifully cut and pasted every single talking point into a letter to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

...Safety and security, protect the homeland: President Bush is committed to keeping the nation strong and secure through strengthening our military, deploying a missile defense, strengthening the NATO alliance and supporting military families and veterans. The President is committed to promoting an independent and democratic Iraq to ensure further stability in the Middle East and the world on the whole...

Bravo, Michael. You're doing your part to win hearts and minds.


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