Key to the whole story is the phone call from a son to a mother with such horribly prophetic news, the kind no son would ever easily offer. The fact that he knew what was going to happen so many hours prior to the attack makes it clear that the government could have reacted in time. If not, our military has been weakened by the Democrats more than we can ever imagine. Surely this echoes of the failed rescue attempt of the hostages in Iran those decades ago during the weak Carter administration. Quite simply put, the military could have made a valid attempt to save these men; and, if not, we have the wrong political party running our country and military.
But there is a second half to the convention story and a resulting contrast to be made; and the total scenario paints a sad picture of a morally bankrupt nation.
People who give speeches, and especially those who do it less often, generally listen to others like themselves to get ideas. It is clear to me that Melania Trump did this. And in so doing she inadvertently picked up a phrase or two. In Mrs. Trump’s case, the appropriate people should have found and corrected this, but she is faultless and the mistake not plagiarism. If not, then a speech writer messed up, and she is still faultless.
Of course in my simplistic view of life, I believe people should write their own speeches, but no one in the larger arenas do. They should even speak extemporaneously, but none would dare risk that. It just is not done that way anymore in the big time.
In my view, writing in small, short phrases is only plagiarism when we are dealing with music notes, poetry, music lyrics, and such. That is when every word phrase and note phrase matters. In longer and larger compositions, essays, speeches, etc. people will often say similar things because in general life is the same for us all.
But the big story to come out of this and the comparison to be made is the importance of each speech and the media’s way to address them. As far as I can tell the ominously moralistic and politically important speech by the ordinary citizen and distraught mother was not addressed by the media . . . was more or less ignored. The less meaningful candidate’s wife’s speech, meaningless in a deep moral and politically important way, was the talk of the night and the following day. I was important as mere window dressing.
The media ignored the mother who lost her son, who gave a speech for the ages, because it did not fit their liberal, pro-Democratic Party narrative; and they played up the issue in the Melania speech because it would denigrate the woman and her candidate husband. Thus the media exposed its moral poverty by ignoring the important issue because it did not serve them and playing up the unimportant issue because it did. This illustrates that the greater issue is the moral bankruptcy of a nation that won’t even get it. Sadly, probably most American’s won’t see what’s wrong with this whole scenario. When a people get sold on the value of government control of their lives for the perceived greater good (the definition of socialism and fascism), they see nothing else beyond that evil goal. In a more moral era in our fair land, a speech like Patricia Smith's could have ended careers or a presidency, stopped a war or started one. It was the speech that mattered, and the Republicans need to see that it is replayed often. There is still hope.