(From Mad World News) In another scandal perpetuated by the Democrats, Senator John Walsh (D-MT) has lost his Masters degree from Army War College in Pennsylvania. The problem came about when The New York Times published an article about how the senator, who is also a decorated Iraqi War Veteran, plagiarized works from other authors for his 14 page thesis needed to graduate.
In that article, The New York Times cites where Walsh had taken works from others:
Most strikingly, the six recommendations Mr. Walsh laid out at the conclusion of his 14-page paper, titled “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy,” are taken nearly word-for-word without attribution from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace document on the same topic.
In his third recommendation, for example, Mr. Walsh writes: “Democracy promoters need to engage as much as possible in a dialogue with a wide cross-section of influential elites: mainstream academics, journalists, moderate Islamists, and members of the professional associations who play a political role in some Arab countries, rather than only the narrow world of westernized democracy and human rights advocates.”
The same sentence appears on the sixth page of a 2002 Carnegie paper written by four scholars at the research institute. In all, Mr. Walsh’s recommendations section runs to more than 800 words, nearly all of it taken verbatim from the Carnegie paper, without any footnote to it.
In addition, significant portions of the language in Mr. Walsh’s paper can be found in a 1998 essay by a scholar at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, at Harvard.
For example, Mr. Walsh writes: “The United States will have an interest in promoting democracy because further democratization enhances the lives of citizens of other countries and contributes to a more peaceful international system. To the extent that Americans care about citizens of other countries and international peace, they will see benefits from the continued spread of democracy.”
The Harvard paper, written in 1998 by Sean M. Lynn-Jones, a scholar at the Belfer Center, includes the same two sentences.
Mr. Walsh does not footnote or cite Mr. Lynn-Jones’s essay anywhere in his paper. ~The New York Times
According to The New York Times, Walsh was asked about the plagiarism during an interview outside his Capitol Hill office and presented with multiple examples of identical passages from his paper and the Carnegie and Harvard essays. Reportedly, Mr. Walsh said he did not believe he had done anything wrong nor did he believe he plagiarized:
“I didn’t do anything intentional here,” he said, adding that he did not recall using the Carnegie and Harvard sources.
Asked directly if he had plagiarized, he responded: “I don’t believe I did, no.” ~The New York Times
After the initial interview by The New York Times, things got even more interesting. It seems Walsh and his aides can’t agree on a line of defense in this matter. The New York Timesgoes on to write:
On Wednesday, a campaign aide for Mr. Walsh did not contest the apparent plagiarism but suggested that it be viewed in the context of the senator’s long career. She said Mr. Walsh had been going through a difficult period at the time he wrote the paper, noting that one of the members of his unit from Iraq had committed suicide in 2007, weeks before the assignment was due.
Later, the senator, in an interview with The Associated Press, contradicted the aide, saying that he was being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder when he used the authors’ work without credit, and that he would consider apologizing to the scholars for doing so. He said he was currently taking antidepressant medication. ~The New York Times
With new reports coming in on the conclusion of the investigation, it goes to show that Senator Walsh did plagiarize other people’s work. Because of his deceit, he has now lost his Masters degree. According to The New York Times, Reuters, and Politico, the Montana Senator was found guilty of stealing the work of others. In an excerpt from Reuters it states:
The U.S. Army War College has revoked the master’s degree of U.S. Senator John Walsh of Montana, the result of a plagiarism scandal that prompted him in August to abandon his election bid, both Walsh and the college said on Friday.
“The board found that then-Colonel John Walsh did commit the offense of plagiarism and thus his master’s degree and status as a graduate of the U.S. Army War College should be revoked,” said Carol Kerr, a spokeswoman for the college, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. ~Reuters
For me, this brings about questions regarding some other politicians’ educations. I wonder how many in our congress and senate have gone about the matters of their education in the same way as Senator Walsh? With this being the case, I don’t think Walsh should be allowed to continue as a senator. He says that he isn’t going to step down from the position even though he was never voted in to begin with, but was appointed to the position. If we continue to allow things like this to slip by, how much more will we Americans tolerate from our government?
I would hope that the great folks of Montana demand that he steps down. If he’s going to lie about a thesis for college and flip-flop on the story, what else will he lie about? Come on Montana, I know you guys deserve more than this from your senators. You know that he does realize what he’s done just by the fact he isn’t arguing with the decision. According to Reuters:
Walsh, a Democrat, had been appointed to the Senate by Montana Governor Steve Bullock after U.S. Senator Max Baucus was named ambassador to China.
“Though I disagree with the findings made by the War College, I accept its decision,” Walsh said in a statement. “I apologize to all Montanans for the plagiarism in my 2007 paper and I am prepared to live with the consequences.”
The New York Times first reported in July that about a quarter of the material in Walsh’s 14-page thesis paper may have been lifted from other academic works. ~Reuters
It’s time to quit with the rampant apathy affecting our nation when it comes to electing these liars and crooks into office. I am tired of watching these scandals day in and day out while it seems our voting populace cares more about social acceptance and political correctness, than things that actually matter.