Character is on the Ballot

During his acceptance speech this week, Joe Biden said, “Character is on the ballot.

Okay, fine. Let’s talk about how Joe Biden’s proven history of lying and plagiarizing reflect on his character.

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In the 1970s and 1980s, Biden regularly claimed to have been an activist in the civil rights movement. In 1983, he said, “When I was 17 years old, I participated in sit-ins to desegregate restaurants and movie houses in my state, and my stomach turned upon hearing the voices of Faubus and Barnett, and my soul raged upon seeing the dogs of Bull Connor.

In 1988, he admitted that the extent of his civil rights participation was working at an all-black swimming pool for a summer while he was in college. “But I was not out marching. I was not down in Selma. I was not anywhere else. I was a suburbanite kid who got a dose of exposure to what was happening to black Americans.”

During the 2020 Democratic primary, he repeated the lie that he was involved in civil rights activism.

He also once claimed, “I organized a civil rights boycott because they wouldn’t serve black kids. One of our football players was black and we went there and they said they wouldn’t serve him. And I said to the others, ‘Hey, we can’t go in there.’ So we all left.

But in 1987, the black football player said his team mates “weren’t aware of what happened. … I was only 16 then. It was my problem and my battle for me to work out. They were oblivious to it until later.

In 1988, Biden referred to “my ancestors, who worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania.” The line was part of the Neil Kinnock speech he plagiarized.

In 2004, he acknowledged that he did not have family members who worked in mining. But then in 2008, he told the United Mine Workers that he himself had once been a coal miner.

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In 2007, Biden claimed he was “shot at” during the Iraq War while visiting the Green Zone, the heavily guarded area in the middle of Baghdad where the United States embassy is based.

When asked for details about the shooting, a Biden campaign aide told the Hill that the then-senator was staying at a hotel in the Green Zone when a mortar landed several hundred yards away.

In 2008, Biden claimed in multiple speeches that he knew where Osama bin Laden was hiding because his helicopter had been “forced down” nearby in the mountains of Afghanistan.

He was on a helicopter in Afghanistan once that had to land due to bad weather. A U.S. military convoy retrieved the passengers and took them to the main American airbase.

In his 2008 memoir, Promises to Keep, Biden says that when he met with Serbian leader Slobodan Milošević in 1993, at the height of the siege of Sarajevo, he told the man, “I think you’re a damn war criminal and you should be tried as one.”

One of his aides said the account was accurate, but the three who were at the meeting have declined to corroborate the story.

In 2009, Biden claimed that he had spent “a lot of hours alone” with President George W. Bush and bluntly rebuked the president over his foreign policy decisions.

Bush aides told Fox News they did not recall Biden ever meeting alone with the president or making such a comment. “The president would never sit through two hours of Joe Biden,” Candida P. Wolff, Bush’s White House liaison to Congress, told Fox News. “I don’t ever remember Biden being in the Oval. He was such a blowhard on all that stuff — there wasn’t a reason to bring him in.”

In 2019, Joe Biden claimed twice recently that he had met with Parkland, Florida, shooting survivors when he was vice president.

The Parkland shooting occurred more than two years after Joe Biden left office.

This year, Biden repeatedly claimed he had been arrested in South Africa while trying to see the anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

After the U.S. ambassador who was with him on the trip said the arrest story wasn’t true, the campaign admitted Biden made it up.

Plagiarism is theft of another’s ideas, writings, artistic designs, etc. and using them as one’s own. In most cases, it is an ethical infraction that can get you into a lot of trouble with your school, employer, or the public.

But it may also rise to the criminal if it infringes on an author’s intellectual property rights, including copyright or trademark.

In 1988, Biden’s first presidential bid failed after he was caught plagiarizing speeches by British politician Neil Kinnock, Hubert Humphrey, President John F. Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy (video).

In the furor, he admitted he had previously been caught plagiarizing five full pages of a law review article for a brief he wrote in a legal methods class at the University of Syracuse. But, in his opinion, stealing someone else’s words was just a mistake. “I was not in any way malevolent.

He’s right that it’s stealing. And he probably meant it when he said it wasn’t malevolent. Joe is an affable guy. He doesn’t steal other people’s words because he hates them or wants to hurt them. He just does it because he’s intellectually and morally lazy.

He also seems incapable of learning. As part of his 2020 campaign, he issued policy position papers, as most candidates do. But his climate and education policy papers contained passages stolen, without attribution, from various special interest group publications.

This time he blamed it on his campaign staff.


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3 responses to “Character is on the Ballot

  1. It’s not really plagiarism if you only steal from yourself,right? (c/o some commenter on Ace)