to desire the replica

posted on: September 30th, 2008

September 2008 from McCain;

The fundamentals of our economy are strong.”

September 2008 from Harper;

The fundamentals of our economy are strong.

Maybe they’re sharing a speech writer? Or does Harper just like doing this regurgitation on a regular basis? Is he so environmentally friendly that he even recycles speeches? Another prime example would Harper’s clever reuse of Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s speech back in March 2003, a mere 2 days after Howard delivered the original. (Cut to Owen Lippert receiving¬† the obligatory “scapegoat cheque” as he hands in his resignation earlier today, hanging his head in shame.)

I understand that politicians employ speech writers. It is clearly necessary considering the logistics of the job and the sheer volume of speeches required, however, it kind of scares me to think that our current Prime Minister is paying so little attention to what he is told to say that he doesn’t even notice such gaffs! I have often assumed that he means very little of what he says, but I didn’t realize how little he absorbs or takes actual notice of.

When you look at it from that perspective, maybe we should be electing the speech writers, or they should at the very least be campaigning along side the candidates.

In the wake of this spot light on Harper’s recycling of the words of others, I think I have finally nailed down why I feel completely disconnected whenever he speaks. I have realized that he is simply repeating words that are written before him and that he has probably never seen prior to speaking them out loud.

If he doesn’t appear connected to what he’s saying, how the hell does he expect me to be?

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Jay Says:

Where I come from, we call it plagiarism, plain and simple.

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