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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln....

So, last night Melania Trump plagiarized part of her speech.  To be clear, this wasn't the worst thing about last night.

Booman has the rundown.

I'm in the middle of teaching a workshop on research based writing and obligingly moved up the section on plagiarism to today.  Thanks, guys!

But plagiarism is mostly a matter of academic standards.  We call it academic theft, but that's a bit melodramatic if accurate.

The level of racist fearmongering last night was willfully appalling.  What she did was merely incompetent.

UPDATE:  Josh Marshall has more.  As always, the issue with Trumpism is multi-fold.  It represents a fundamental violation of the norms that have governed American politics for decades, if not centuries.  It reeks of the beer halls of Munich in the 1920s, even if it lacks the coherent ideology of Nazism.

We will have trouble walking back through the door this "Cheeto-faced, ferret-wearing shitgibbon" has led us through.

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