By Patricia L Johnson
Republican Senator Rand Paul, Kentucky, has recently been accused of plagiarism from at least two separate sources.
The original allegation involves an October 31, 2013 speech the Senator gave with material apparently taken directly from Wikipedia without attribution.
The second allegation involves an article Senator Rand wrote for the Washington Times in September of 2013 on mandatory prison sentences. According to a New York Times article  written by Jonathan Martin and published November 4, 2013, Senator Rand’s article has at least two separate statements that appear to be copied almost word from word from the original article, posted on September 14, 2013, by Dan Stewart, Editor for The Week.
What is the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing? A person that plagiarizes basically steals another’s ideas, written word or material without providing credit to the owner, or the source. Paraphrasing is reviewing someone else’s material and/or ideas and rewriting in your own words, it’s similar to writing a summary.
I’m certainly not qualified to rule on whether or not Senator Paul is guilty of the alleged charges, but I do feel the man has a definite lack of integrity.
According to an October 17, 2013 article  Senator Paul was at the University of Louisville in the middle of October 2013 when one of the medical students asked the following question: ““The majority of med students here today have a comprehensive exam tomorrow. I’m just wondering if you have any last-minute advice.” Senator Rand Paul replied:
“Actually, I do,” “I never, ever cheated. I don’t condone cheating. But I would sometimes spread misinformation. This is a great tactic. Misinformation can be very important.” …”So, that’s my advice,” he concluded. “Misinformation works.”
That must be why he uses it so often, it’s effective. How many people now believe that the number of new health codes have been increased to 140,000 from 18,000 through ‘Obamacare’ as stated by Rand Paul?
“There were 18,000 of these [codes],” Sen. Paul told his Iowa audience. “But under Obamacare, they’re going to keep you healthier because now there’s going to be 140,000 codes”.
The truth is the ICD-9 coding system, which was 27 years old, was approved under the George W. Bush administration to the new ICD-10 coding system, which is in effect in other countries in the world.
Senator Rand Pau’s name was on a mailing sent out by the National Association for Gun Rights where the following quote is printed on the outside of the envelope in size 18 font:
“IN THE COMING WEEKS, I WILL USE WHATEVER POWER THIS OFFICE HOLDS [TO BAN GUNS].” ~PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
The words “TO BAN GUNS’ were intentionally and erroneously inserted in this quote, when the words were never spoken by the President. President Obama’s actual quote follows:
“In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens — from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators — in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. Because what choice do we have? We can’t accept events like this as routine. Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?”
“We the people” have lost faith in our government over the past few years and one of the major reasons for that loss of faith is due to the continuous flow of misinformation that has been fed to us on a daily basis.
Being a member of the opposing party does not give a member of Congress the right to lie, steal, cheat or misinform the voting public on the issues. We have the right to know the truth!
© 2013 Patricia L Johnson