I wrote about President Obama’s campaign speech in Roanoke here, taking issue with it and noting its derivative nature in the rhetoric of Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. I took another look at the speech here. The video below mashes up Obama’s speech with Warren’s and adds a nice musical soundtrack to suggest that Warren’s rant is itself a derivative product.
Originality is not necessarily a virtue in politics. The problem is not the derivative nature of Obama’s rhetoric. The problem is the old-fashioned tyranny (“king-craft,” as Lincoln called it) and stale socialist claptrap that both Obama and Warren promote as the ultimate in sophistication.