Fact-checking Rand Paul


…even when he says, “Um” and “The” seems to be essential:

An entire section of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s 2013 book Government Bullies was copied wholesale from a 2003 case study by the Heritage Foundation, BuzzFeed has learned. The copied section, 1,318 words, is by far the most significant instance reported so far of Paul borrowing language from other published material.

The new cut-and-paste job follows reports by BuzzFeed, Politico, and MSNBC that Paul had plagiarized speeches either from Wikipedia or news reports. The book was published in August 2013 by Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group.

In this case, Paul included a link to the Heritage case study in the book’s footnotes, though he made no effort to indicate that not just the source, but the words themselves, had been taken from Heritage.

I’m sure that Heritage is glad to have Sen. Aqua Buddha pollinating their stuff all over Lesser Wingnuttia, and even if he attributes it in the footnotes (or endnotes), he is still passing it off in the main body of the book as being his own work. That is plagiarism.

We’ve probably all done something similar and sloppy; I’m still haunted by a 6th grade report on the UN that I know was more from the encyclopedia than it was from me. But that was me as an 11-year old; Rand Paul is a Senator from Kentucky.

In the greater scheme of things, does this incident matter? Probably not, but it does show a pattern on his part of an unethical and lazy mind, stealing someone else’s ideas—take that, moocher—and it speaks volumes about the man.

UPDATE 1: Apparently, Rand Paul would like to kill me:

“I take it as an insult, and I will not lie down and say people can call me dishonest, misleading or misrepresenting — I have never intentionally done so and like I say, ‘If dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know it’d be a duel challenge,’ ” Paul said on ABC’s “This Week.”


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7 Responses to Fact-checking Rand Paul

  1. Republicans in general show a lazy attitude toward intellectual property rights; look how often they just start using some band’s song as a theme song, without getting permission.


  2. reamus says:

    And the difference between an eleven year old Tengrain and a Senator form Kentucky is what? Nothing apparently


  3. Pissed in NYC says:

    Well, I will put $20 on you winning that fight, Ten. And you can do it without mussing up your hair.


  4. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Rachel Maddow could beat Rand Paul with one hemisphere of her brain tied behind her back.


  5. Jim H. says:

    The problem here is the resort to violent rhetoric. I mean, we’re talking about plagiarism pure and simple. [Ayn] Rand Paul got caught mooching off the labor [thoughts written in actual words] of others. John Galt sighed. And when Aqua Buddha was confronted with evidence, sentence by sentence, he resorted to character assassination (“hacks and haters”) and fantasies of violence (if dueling were legal and I could still run for election in KY). That’s what disturbs me about this guy. Remember his jack-booted ‘aide’ who stomped a woman’s head onto a curb during the last election. This guy is dangerous. He and his followers have an instinct for violence and dehumanization of their political opponents. He’s not a libertarian, he’s a demagogue with authoritarian tendencies.


  6. carol says:

    He was too lazy or incapable of becoming a member of a nationally recognized accreditation authority for his profession, so he made up his own. Why would anyone be surprised he’d steal others’ words?


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