American outrage greater over copied speech lines than the 9/11 Commission Report revelations


All along this Republican presidential primary, there have been three basic types of Republicans. There are Republicans who supported Donald Trump for President of the United States, and then there were two types of those opposed. First, there were those consistent conservatives and libertarians who have always opposed the pro-big government philosophy and never have supported political bullies. Then the second type of anti-Trump people are those on the #NeverTrump bandwagon who have never before had a problem with the George W. Bush, Senator John McCain or Mitt Romney types. All of a sudden this election cycle, they’ve found a problem with a new big government Republican simply because he says mean things and hurts people’s feelings.

To a degree, this explains the outrage over Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention, which seemed to borrow some lines from an old speech First Lady Michelle Obama gave.


Naturally, the mainstream media was quick to point out the alleged plagerism and pile on Melania. The #NeverTrump crowd was also quick to pile on Mrs. Trump as well. The problem is it illustrates the desperation of those opposed to her husband’s candidacy. How many people in politics actually write their own speeches? Be honest, how many people actually knew those lines came from a Michelle Obama speech before someone else pointed it out? Odds are, Mrs. Trump was unaware too. The speechwriter dropped the ball.

But this is how much the desperate #NeverTrump crowd is hurting political discourse. There is nothing wrong with opposing Trump’s candidacy, but there comes a point where people have to acknowledge the Republican Party has long embraced tyranny and this is really nothing new.


A prominent example is the years after the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. Thousands of Americans died that day when terrorists used airplanes to bring down the Twin Towers and strike the Pentagon. The history of what occurred after is known. We invaded Afghanistan to stop the terrorists and avenge those slaughtered back in America, but then went to Iraq because the country was run by the big bad wolf with big bad weapons.

All along, there were certain parts of the 9/11 Commission Report that were not revealed and it wasn’t seriously discussed in the political mainstream. Now that the final 28 pages have been revealed, it hasn’t seriously been touched by politicians or the mainstream media. A lot of that is because we’re distracted by more important things, like Melania Trump’s speechwriter borrowing some lines from First Lady Michelle Obama.

The 28 pages of the Report show us that there were numerous connections to Saudi Arabia, including a lot coming back to former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan. Points like an Interior Ministry official staying in the same hotel as the terrorist cell that hit the Pentagon the night before the attacks are largely not being discussed. The fact that the FBI tried to reinterview the official, but couldn’t, because Prince Bandar had recalled him and other top Saudi Arabian officials with clearance of the White House, is not widely discussed either.

But we’re too busy talking about more important issues in America, like stolen lines in a political speech most people honestly probably don’t care about at the end of the day. So what’s that say about America?

Chris Dixon is a liberty activist and writer from Maine. In addition to being Managing Editor for the Liberty Conservative, he also writes the Bangor Daily News blog "Undercover Porcupine" and for sports website Cleatgeeks.

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