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Bird's Eye View
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Sunday, March 06, 2005

testing post

It turns out that wingnut Jim Gibbons (R-NV) cannot even make up his own anti-liberal hate speech (see last Bird's Eye View post). His talk at the Lincoln Day dinner in Elko, Nevada was actually plagarized from a copyrighted speech by Alabama State Auditor Beth Chapman. The Elko Daily Free Press reports:

During his speech at Friday night's Lincoln Day Dinner, Gibbons did not mention that the speech had been written and previously delivered by Chapman.

"I don't remember where I got it," Gibbons said this morning. "I had no idea it was copyrighted." He said he believed the speech had been e-mailed to him. "I have no idea," Gibbons said. "I think it was sent to me, cut-and-paste."

Chapman's speech is 21 paragraphs in length, of which Gibbons used 15 paragraphs word-for-word in his Lincoln Day address."It was just some wording that was sent to me," he said. "It reflected my thoughts."
Cut-and-paste? That is how a United States Congressman writes speeches? I cannot decide if it is more disturbing that he plagaraized the terrible speech or that another elected official in this country also gave such an ignorant, simple-minded speech. It gets worse.

Alabama State Auditor Beth Chapman has self-proclaimed her speech: "The Speech Heard Around the World." From her website:

In February 2003 at the outset of the War with Iraq, Beth Chapman presented a four-minute speech at a “Stand Up for America Rally” for which she received five standing ovations from the 1,200 people in attendance.

“The Speech,” as it has become known, immediately began circulating throughout newspapers, television and radio stations all across America and worldwide via the Internet. The speech drew international acclaim reaching all 50 states and more than 18 countries, the Pentagon, aircraft carriers, battlefields, victims of 9-11, veteran’s organizations and all branches of the U.S. Military.

It was entered into the Congressional Record, just weeks after it was written and presented, and is hailed by many as “one of the greatest speeches ever written.”

I hope you'll take the time to read "The Speech." It is illustrative of the Republican noise machine's public communications strategy. Chapman gets out of the box quickly, demonizing liberals by associating progressives with Jane Fonda, the Dixie Chicks, and other godless Hollywood movie stars and musicians. She then throws the left hook, referring to all liberals as tree-hugging hippies (I never could figure out why hugging a tree was so bad, but I digress).

Chapman's main patriotic argument is that movie stars and musicians do not care about this country or our freedom because they are not in uniform fighting in Iraq.

If they want to be human shields, I say let them shield the men and women of honesty and integrity who epitomize courage and embody the spirit of freedom by wearing the proud uniforms of the United States Military. Those are the people who have earned and deserve shielding.
Funny, is Chapman enlisting in the military? Is Jim Gibbons? Are any Republican politicians? Does any Senator or Representative have a child in the military right now?

In closing, Chapman goes back to the old Republican playbook once again, making sure we all know God is watching out for our country and our freedom.

Even her 11-year old son gets this better than liberal activists: "After the tragic events of Sept. 11th, my then eleven -year-old son said terrorism is a war against us and them and if you’re not one of us, then you’re one of them."

Wow. I feel sorry for her son. He sounds a lot like W, already indoctrinated with the simplistic Fox News version of global politics.

If Chapman and Gibbons really want to talk about honesty and integrity, they should think about writing intelligent speeches (on their own) rather than fear-enticing, polarizing propaganda.