Since he appeared on the national scene in 2010, Senator Rand Paul has been a favorite of libertarians in the United States. Libertarians assert “the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others,” and also emphasize “the right to property… and the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.” Rand Paul continues to speak for libertarians and characterize himself as a libertarian: “I consider myself to be a libertarian conservative, a libertarian Republican.”
It’s recently been revealed that Rand Paul has committed plagiarism in multiple speeches, columns and his book. Plagiarism occurs when one takes the words of others and represents it as one’s own. It’s a form of theft.
Here’s how Rand Paul has responsed to these revelations:
- “It annoys the hell out of me. I feel like if I could just go to detention after school for a couple days, then everything would be okay. But do I have to be in detention for the rest of my career?”
- “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.”
- “Like I say, if, you know, if dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know, it would be a duel challenge. But I can’t do that, because I can’t hold office in Kentucky then.”
- “This is really about information and attacks coming from haters.”
- “The footnote police have really been dogging me for the last week.”
- “I’m being criticized for not having proper attribution, and yet they are able to write stuff that if I were their journalism teacher in college, I would fail them.”
I know we have a number of libertarian visitors to Irregular Times. Libertarians, how do you react to the Rand Paul plagiarism scandal?