McDonnell Plagiarizes Palin’s “Christian Heritage Week” Proclamation


    As NLS reports, Bob McDonnell issued a Christian Heritage Week proclamation back in March. I was looking for examples of such proclamations by governors in other states, and one that stood out was by none other than then-Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska. I guess it’s not surprising that Bob McDonnell and Sarah Palin would be ideologically simpatico. Still, what jumped out for me was not just that these two proclamations were somewhat similar in tone or message, but that they are essentially identical!

    Thus, they both contain the same quotes, in the same exact order, by: Benjamin Franklin (“It is impossible to build an empire…”), George Washington, (“animated alone by the pure spirit of Christianity…”), Thomas Jefferson (“Can the liberties of a nation be secure…”), James Madison (“the diffusion of the light of Christianity in our nation”), Patrick Henry (“Righteousness alone can exalt a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people”), and George Mason (“That it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance…”). McDonnell’s proclamation then concludes by essentially copying Palin’s language.

    Palin’s proclamation: “Many truly great men and women of America, giants in the structuring of American history, were Christians of caliber and integrity who did not hesitate to express their faith.”)  

    McDonnell’s proclamation: “…many other truly great men and women of America, giants in the structuring of American history, were statesmen of the highest calibre and integrity who did not hesitate to express their religious convictions, principles and faith.”

    That’s right, my fellow Virginians, our governor can’t even come up with his own talking points but needs to plagiarize Sarah Palin’s.  Sadly, McDonnell doesn’t just plagiarize Palin’s words, he also copies her extremist ideology. And that’s the real problem here.

    UPDATE: Another “Christan Heritage Week” proclamation is in Michigan, but it’s totally different in content and tone.

    UPDATE #2: Apparently, McDonnell’s proclamation is one of a series of these things, including Palin’s in 2008, pushed by America’s Christian Heritage Week, which “Argues that the United States should be recognized as a Christian nation.”  Is that even worse than if McDonnell had purely plagiarized from Palin?

    • KathyinBlacksburg

      having to take his “thoughts” from Sarah Palin makes him even more “Mickey Mouse.”

      Yesterday I made myself listen to her “speech” (more like high-pitched, shrill Caribou Barbie throw-away lines) at the Bachmann rally.  And there she was still making stuff up.  In the proclamation, she didn’t make up the historical figures and their words, but she did completely misuse the words of Jefferson, who would not have agreed with her proclamation.  Mickey Mouse (err, D.) is even worse, he cloned here inane misuse of Jefferson.  Where did he go to school again?  Mouse U.?  Nah.  Even Disneyland wouldn’t take him.  So he ends up here.

    • Here’s Alabama’s, which pre-dates both Virginia’s and Alaska’s:


      Here’s Florida’s, from 2003:

      And Mississippi’s, also from 2003:

      Here’s Wyoming’s in 2008, which is similar.

      These all have a lot in common, which demonstrates that each state was just lifting stuff from other states, or the organization that was pushing the Christian Heritage Week was using a common template.

      McDonnell didn’t plagiarize it from Sarah Palin, and a give minute Google search would have demonstrated that.  

    • When I first read Lowell’s post, I was first surprised that Sarah Palin had managed to find all if those quotes!  The second thing that jumped out at me was that McDonnell (again) lost an opportunity to write a statement talking about VIRGINIA’s role, because most of those quotes came from Virginians. The trouble is, of course, if you star talking about Virginia’s role, the significance of the separation of church and state quickly becomes THE topic. I’d bet that most of the Virginians quoted are having a good roll in their graves today at being associated with such pandering.  

      • Brian’s comments history is here. I encourage everyone to review it and judge for yourself how truthful – or not – he’s been her at Blue Virginia, both factually as well as in interpretation/spin.

      • TomPaine

        An example? Easy!

        Your attempt to pretend that Kaine’s “Christian Heritage” Proclamation was the equuialent of McDonnell’s proclamation, when it is clear that the only equivalency that exists between the two proclamations is in the name of the event!