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Plagiarist Broomrider

Post  Gomezz Adddams on Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:12 am

Plagiarism seems to be all the rage these days at the political conventions. Not to be out done by Melania Trump's lifting of a few lines from a Moochelle speech in 2008 where Moochelle herself quotes her husband's non-attribution of a Saul Alinsky line, the Broomrider decided to use a misattributed quote of Alexis de Tocqueville. It's long been claimed that Tocqueville wrote in "Democracy in America" the following:

"I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodis harbors and her ample rivers -- and it was not there. . . . in her fertile fields and bound less forests -- and it was not there. . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce -- and it was not there. . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution -- and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great."

Except Tocqueville didn't write these words although they encapsulate the essence of "Democracy in America". Research shows that it most likely came from a book from 1941.

The Broomrider shortens the quote to a simplistic paraphrase even leaving off half of the sentence.
"And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn't get: that America is great -- because America is good."

In 1995, The Weekly Standard did a good analysis of the history of where this quote came from since it has been used by many politicians (mostly Republican) but even then in speeches, the quote is given indirect attributions not just left hanging there as if they were the Broomrider's own.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-tocqueville-fraud/article/8100



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