Sen. Kamala Harris has fallen into the same frying pan Joe Biden found himself in 1987 when he stole a speech from a member of the British Parliament. But Harris’ appropriation of someone else’s story is indicative of more than a deep character flaw. It’s confirmation these people have nothing to offer but old, tired ideas, some of them taken from history’s worst people.
In a story published in October, the Democratic California senator recounted an incident from her childhood, in which she was “being wheeled through an Oakland, California, civil rights march in a stroller” and at “some point” fell out. Her fall went unnoticed by “the adults” who were “caught up in the rapture of protest,” and “just kept on marching.” When she was eventually found, her mother, says Harris, asked her what she wanted and what she needed.
“And I just looked at her and I said, ‘Fweedom.’”
Compare that tale to the words of Martin Luther King Jr. from a 1965 interview:
I never will forget a moment in Birmingham when a white policeman accosted a little Negro girl, seven or eight years old, who was walking in a demonstration with her mother. ‘What do you want?’ the policeman asked her gruffly, and the little girl looked him straight in the eye and answered, ‘Fee-dom.’
The circumstances were different. The girl in Birmingham didn’t fall from a stroller and was left behind. But it seems Harris might have “borrowed” that part of her story from the second chapter of Luke, in which 12-year-old Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem after the Passover feast while his parents began their trip home, unaware he wasn’t with them. When they returned to Jerusalem three days later, “they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.” Mary confronted Jesus and asked “son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”
Jesus replied: “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
The similarities are unmistakable.
Biden has been stealing other people’s work since before he became a public figure. He infamously had to withdraw from the 1988 presidential race after it became clear that during a debate in 1987 he had lifted passages from a speech made by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock. Biden also ran into trouble during law school for plagiarizing from an article from the Fordham Law Review. Earlier this year, he was “accused of copying the words of former New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton,” Canada’s National Post reported in August.
“Social media was quick to point out that the words” from his closing speech at the Democratic National Convention “were eerily similar to ones found in a letter Layton wrote before he died in 2011.”
Biden also plagiarized President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response – more than once – according to PJ Media.
Before Harris’ yarn was published, Boris Epshteyn, a former Trump adviser, wrote in Newsweek that Biden’s “compulsive” plagiarism “Is a Danger to America.” He found it a “a rather worrying sign for someone whose mental fitness for the pressures of the presidency has already come under serious scrutiny.”
“Biden’s extensive history of plagiarism,” continues Epshteyn, “shows that neither he nor his political team have a clear, independent vision for the country.”
Because they are without inspiration, Biden and his team, in which Harris is an ambitious though empty lieutenant, fall back on ideas from Karl Marx, Margaret Sanger, the Marxist Black Lives Matter leadership, and an assortment of statist and collectivist thinkers who have produced only misery for others. Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and the obviously mad New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will have outsized influence on a Biden White House, pressing their worn-out, intellectually feeble, and morally perverse beliefs. So will Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. It’s exactly what we should expect from a couple of hollow vessels whose thinking is so limited that they have to steal from the lives and labor of others.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board