Our nation was founded, Mr. President, upon the principal that with the respect to our pursuit of happiness each of us are created equal one to another and the rights of everyone are diminished when the rights of any one of us are threatened.
This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
Today, we are engaged in the continuing struggle to defend the right of those in committed family relationships in respect of gender to receive equal services in place of public accommodation, such as hospital—-and places of employment without first having to produce proof of legal authorization under powers of attorney.
Today, we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free.
So ultimately this is not even a legal legislative issue, that let alone can not change what is in our hearts. We are at long last confronted with a moral issue which essentially asks the question of whether all Illinois residents are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities. Whether we are going to treat our fellow citizens as we wish to be treated.
This is not even a legal or legislative issue alone. It is better to settle these matters in the courts than on the streets, and new laws are needed at every level, but law alone cannot make men see right. We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the Scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution.
Again, legislation can not solve this problem on discrimination, it must be solved in the homes and in the hearts of every citizen and every community across this great state.
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.
We send young people from Illinois to fight for freedom throughout the world and we teach our children here at home that all men are created equal but are we to say to the world that much more importantly to each other if not our children that this is state where all are created equal except for those that are born with different gender different affiliation. That we have no second class citizens except the gay or lesbian.
That we have no discrimination or gender bias except for the respect for the gay or lesbian; we have previously voted to uphold that principal such discrimination is not allowed in the conduct of housing and employment law in Illinois now comes the time for the state to complete their promise.
We preach freedom around the world, and we mean it, and we cherish our freedom here at home, but are we to say to the world, and much more importantly, to each other that this is the land of the free except for the Negroes; that we have no second-class citizens except Negroes; that we have no class or caste system, no ghettoes, no master race except with respect to Negroes?
Now the time has come for this Nation to fulfill its promise.
We owe them and owe ourselves and our children a better state than that.
I think we owe them and we owe ourselves a better country than that.
That is all the vast majority of the people our state are asking. It is a question of fairness, nothing more nothing less. And in answering it I ask the support of my fellow colleagues in this chamber and all the good people of this great state.
This is what we’re talking about and this is a matter which concerns this country and what it stands for, and in meeting it I ask the support of all our citizens.
* Vote against gay unions sets Meeks apart in race: Supporters of civil unions will see their votes “split between five or six candidates, while Sen. Meeks will get all the votes of those who are against it,” said Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, who praised Meeks for views that he said “conform to the beliefs of the majority of Chicagoans.”
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- Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:29 pm:
Fire the speechwriter.
Give a raise to the flak who brought the story to Capitolfax’s attention.
- Living in Oklahoma - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 12:29 pm:
Perhaps Glen Poshard assisted in the preparation of the speech.
Check Noland’s follow-up rebuttal to the critisism to see if it will include references to his little black and white puppy dog he got for Christmas. The kids just love it, and they ain’t giving it up!
Looks like he had a dream, then blew his rendezvous with destiny. Probably going to be a lot of blood, toil, sweat and tears over this. Not his finest hour. But eventually, he shall overcome.
Yeah, that’s way too much. You have to give the credit.
I was a reporter at a Dem presidential candidates debate in Iowa when Joe Biden misappropriated Brit Labor leader Neil Kinnock’s magnificent speech/TV spot and life history.
If Smilin’ Joe had just changed the bit about his father “working in coal mines all day, then going out to kick the football around” to “selling used Oldsmobiles all day, then going out to toss the baseball around” he might have gotten a way with it.
I actually think it has been reworded enough that, strictly speaking, it is NOT plagiarism. It’s not like one can own thoughts. Only the exact wording of thoughts. He might have bolstered his rhetoric by adding a line alluding to the similarity to JFK. But I’m not about to make an issue out of this. I’ll leave that for the ideologues who will want to jump all over him because of that “D” that comes after his name — and the fact that he didn’t parrot the thought process of Ronald Reagan instead.
How embarassing! Both that he did it and also that he thought he was the only smart one in the room to use it without being caught. Just when we thought we had turned the corner on boneheaded legislators, along comes Sen. Noland. O well, I guess someone has to replace Sen. Hendon!
- Free Ike Carrothers - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 1:25 pm:
Considering he is an attorney, would he have used proper citations if this was a legal brief?
“You know what I find, it’s easier to just make stuff up than to just blatently rip off speeches. Heck, state Sen. Noland could have just said his aircraft was shot at while flying over some civil unions, and knows of what he speaks or something like that.”
“Honestly, I dunno what to say about it, unless I can make up something, or embellish something about me… ok?”
–Tejeda - If that’s not plagiarism then its as close as you can get w/o it being plagiarism …. but you’re the expert.–
C’mon, it’s absolutely plagiarism. When I was in grade school, there was an Eddie Haskell in my class who said you could crib a term paper out of the encyclopedia if you changed a couple of words in each sentence. That seems to be the principle here.
There is something in the water out there in Kane County that has produced the two most off-putting members of the GA. Noland and Lauzen are identical in their self-righteous zealotry, narcissism, thin skin and complete lack of interpersonal skills. They are also tireless self-promoters who will out-work any opponent.
Few posting here are surprised by this from Noland. The shame is that his constituents (and Lauzen’s) seem to fall for the act.
As for Gilligan’s comments, well, maybe so, but I doubt that many of the Chicagoans who oppose civil unions (even if they are a majority as he sasy) will vote for mayor based on that issue above others.
Let no one else’s work evade your eyes
Remember why the good Lord made your eyes
So don’t shade your eyes
But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize!
Only be sure always to call it please “research”
A bit disappointed it was not acknowledged as to who and when the original had came from before tweaking and using as his own though. I had missed who was speaking that day (asked here who it was)…now I guess it does not matter the gentleman’s name, as I was actually hearing JFK.
I think what is being said is “Wrong is wrong”.
There is no defending theft and clearly there were words stolen. There is no defending arrogance and there was clearly arrogance in thinking no one would catch his theft. There is no defending a lack of character. I think every speech he gives in the future will create a bevy of literary investigators looking for a source. He only hurt himself in the long run.
It says a lot about someone’s character when they take short cuts like this and try to pull one over on the public. People don’t pull stuff like this “once.” To me, it’s not acceptable in any way and he needs to face the music to regain some sense of credibility. How does someone stand in the capitol and give a speech that they ripped off and act like no one is going to notice?
It was a great speech with a lot of heart and sincerity behind it.
We all complain about that too many lawmakers are dishonest and that they don’t support enough legislation in their constituents’ best interests, but by not only voting for, but also giving a speech in support of civil unions, Noland showed that he realizes the importance of OPENLY supporting issues as important as the advancement in equality between all Illinoisans.
Yes, he made a mistake, but his immediate apology showed that he wasn’t trying to “pull one over” on anyone.
He screwed up. He said sorry. Give the guy a break.
Noway, Liberal Lady. You are only excusing him because he is on the right side of the issue. If it was an issue you disagreed with, would you think differently?
Look at the act itself. Anyone who would rip off a speech in such a public forum and pass it off to all those listening as his own thoughts and words is missing more than a couple of cards from the deck.
I know Senator Noland, and I have to say that while I do wish he would have attributed much of his speech to JFK - his demeanor was reserved yet passionate; unlike the usual bulldog. I think he was truly speaking from the heart, and I appreciate his words very much.
While Mike certainly hasn’t shed the bulldog for good, he does fight hard for what he believes is right by his constituents, and he votes responsibly most of the time. I am glad he is my Senator.
You think he intentionally ripped off a famous Kennedy speech and thought no one would notice? Really??
He should be embarrassed, but I don’t think there was malicious intent behind his error in attribution. And I might be more annoyed if someone on the other side of the issue made the same mistake, but I would feel similarly about the oversight.
I can’t believe how dumb some of our legislators are - he couldn’t even construct a statement reflecting his own opinion on the issue. Shows what a fraud he really is, and maybe even demonstrates why Illinois is in such a mess.
Maybe someone should take the time to check on JFK’s speech writer. Seems to me the line, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” has been stolen several time form the original. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. 1884, “…what has our done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return”. Several other citations can also be quoted. Maybe there are indeed no new thoughts, just thoughts repeated…..
- Way South of the Border - Friday, Dec 3, 10 @ 3:42 pm:
In journalism, literature, science, etc., plagiarism is considered career suicide.
Only in politics would there be any debate about how egregious this was.
If the man had heartfelt feelings about this issue, he would have expressed them in his own words.
And if we appreciate or justify what Noland expressed through stolen concepts and phrases, we are falling for the ruse he created.
‘Back tracking Mike’ is at it again. He probably hoped no one would catch on. He’s only sorry he got caught. If Senator Noland is truly sorry, he should move to have the speech stricken from the record and resubmit his own work.