State Senator Michael Noland of the Illinois Senate is in hot water with an accusation that he’s plagiarised one of John F.Kennedy’s most notable speeches.
The Democrat Senator was giving a speech in support of civil rights legislation when one of his colleagues–Republican Dale Righter–recognized the similarities with a John F. Kennedy speech from 47 years ago.
Some examples help:
Senator Noland: “Again, legislation cannot solve this problem on discrimination. It must be solved in the hearts of every citizen and every community across this great state.”
John F. Kennedy: “But legislation, I repeat, cannot solve this problem alone. It must be solved in the homes of every American in every community across our country.”
Senator Noland: “We owe them and owe ourselves and our children a better state than that.”
John F. Kennedy: “I think we owe them and we owe ourselves a better country than that.”
Senator Noland has admitted that he listened to the 1963 speech by John F. Kennedy before he prepared his own 841-word speech in the Senate. He didn’t give any attribution to the late President. Plagiarism or flattery?
I sense bipartisan politics behind the plagiarism jibe. So the last word goes to the embattled State Senator:
“I believe in every word of my speech. I would not change a word of that speech.”
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