Can someone say “YUGE WHOOPS”?
The world today is abuzz with news that a portion of Melania Trump’s RNC Speech being plagiarized from one given by Michelle Obama in 2008. Trump advisor Sam Clovis told MSNBC that “what happened is the person who was helping write this plucked something in there and probably an unfortunate oversight — and certainly Melania didn’t have anything to do with it.” As it turns out, the Trump Campaign farmed out Melania’s speech to two speechwriters for the George W. Bush Campaign, Matthew Scully and John McConnell. According to Scully and McConnell, their speech had been “significantly revised” by the Trump Campaign and the pair were “not aware…until Ms. Trump delivered it on Monday night.” (Follow this link to a New York Times article that probes deeper into the investigation.)
As a writer, one who strives to journalistically honest and to research impeccably, plagiarism is the lowest crime imaginable to me. To take someone’s work that, whether they slaved over it or tossed it off, and pass it off as yours is akin to skinning someone and pretending to be them (horror fans will squeal in glee, hopefully, as they imagine Leatherface in a Donald Trump skin suit.)
Whether Mrs. Trump is the one who did they copy-and-paste job or if it was a mistake (or an intended wrench in the Trump cog), the core of the issue is one of individual property rights. The right of one to create using one’s intellect and hands is something sacred, a bond between them and the dedication they put into their work.
Writers deal in words, in the exchange of their own ideas and morals. To take someone’s words and appropriate them as your own is like entering a baking content and switching the pies before the judges have a chance to sample your substandard wares, as happened on an episode of The Lucy Show, incidentally.
The Trump Campaign has been plagued with these kinds of “mishaps.” Whether it is something intentionally being done from within or an unfortunate set of suspect circumstances, I can’t say. I simply have the evidence in front of me and it is screaming the word that Trump should heed: “BAIL!” This campaign, for whatever reason it was ignited in the first place, has proved again and again that this pork pie with feathered hair is not ready to inhabit the oval office. The ideals this campaign has striven to embody are those that are common of alderman and mayoral races, not of the highest office in The United States.
Never before in a campaign has there been such vehement opposition, in my lifetime. The tension is reaching a boiling point and, sadly, we may be scalded in the aftermath. When the campaign was a joke, I laughed. But, seeing Trump and his plastic “family” on that stage in Cleveland made me sick to my stomach. The thought that this man could be seated in the same office as Washington, Lincoln, and Kennedy is patently absurd.
And, you may say, that I am simply biased because Trump isn’t a politician. In actuality, I believe a businessman is the perfect person to be President! An intelligent businessperson knows how to run a company worth potentially millions or billions of dollars, delegate work properly to those underneath them, and create a workplace that breeds hard workers and passionate human beings. A looter like Trump isn’t a businessman, in my opinion. To quote Andrew Ryan from the dystopian video game Bioshock: “What is the difference between a man and a parasite? A man builds. A parasite asks ‘Where is my share?’ A man creates. A parasite says, ‘What will the neighbors think?’ A man invents. A parasite says, ‘Watch out, or you might tread on the toes of God…” The only thing that Trump has created is a corporation that has gone bankrupt several times over and a “university” that turned out to be a scam, along with some ghostwritten books to add to his bookshelf.
A President should be an intelligent human being who creates, improves, advances, accepts, loves, and thinks for himself. Trump has made a career of stealing, destroying, bashing, offending, and kowtowing to whoever holds the stick. He is the only candidate whose treatment of minorities, women, and the LGBTQ community is abhorrent, ignorant, and prejudiced. Trump cannot see past his upper-class, white, privileged, male nose and realize that whatever our gender, sexuality, or race is, we all have the same capacity to love and be loved in return.
His wife now has shown that she is the perfect student of The Church of Trump. And, as we have seen in the past, just because you drank the Kool-Aid, it doesn’t mean your exempt from the punishment. If I were a more forgiving and just person, I would simply order her fingers to be locked up for eternity in those metal gloves they used to have for handcuffs.
If I had my say, In The Court of Steven, Melania Trump and her speechwriters should be sentenced to the same harsh verdict that murderers do.
Melania and, by proxy, her husband are guilty of the most egregious theft known to political history: The Theft of Reason.
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