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Plagiarism Is a Hard Word to Spell… I plagiarised myself

Posted in Uncategorized by Christopher Sarda on December 21, 2010

Today I came home from work, after drinking a bit too much the night before, hoping to immediately find my bed, after of course I browse the news and check my email. Within my gmail inbox I found a message I’d been waiting for, for a few days. It was the final score on my research paper, one that I had been getting decent marks on through the first and second draft phases. When I opened the email though I saw a big fat zero and message warning me about plagiarism.

My first thought was that I forgot to cite a source. Then I thought, “Why wasn’t that caught before?” and “How strict can you be!”. When I opened up the returned document, I found the offending portions of my paper in red, some sentences that I could say I was proud of writing and that anyone can read in the post before the one your reading now. Scrolling down under the “stole phrases” I saw the source I had supposedly stole stole from: http://www.fistonchin.wordpress.com. I emailed and called my instructor and am now waiting on a reply, but I figure I could just post to prove my ownership of my blog. So the following is to my professor:

Dr. Young, my name is Chris Sarda and apparently only instructors that paste pieces of their students work into google read this little blog about my political musings, with that said the writing is mine and hopefully you don’t hold it against me that you have a student that actually enjoys writing, even if nobody reads what he has to say.

Christopher Sarda

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The Tea Party and American Nationalism Part 1

Posted in nationalism, Tea Party by Christopher Sarda on December 12, 2010

The Tea Party political movement is in danger of becoming a nationalistic psuedo-racist and fascist movement. The majority of off center political activists eventually return to their centrist roots after disappointing election results, as has been shown in past third party movements. The Tea Party movement already has a racist element and stigma hanging over it which journalist Christopher Hitchens calls “white fright.” The Tea Party’s already built infrastructure would allow extremists to take over if the majority of adherents return to the center. If such a movement were to come about, the First Amendment would protect it and counter protest would be the only way to combat such a movement.

There have been many examples in American history where third party issues have been marginalized by the major parties. These practices often knock the air out of grassroots and third party movements. People who were either apolitical or had anger at what they saw as the status quo, either return to their non-political lives or are enveloped into the centrist party that is closest to their belief system, or that appears to accommodate the off-center movements ideals. The examples in later posts will show how in the history of the United States third party movements were disrupted due to major party marginalization. Another factor that is evident and that make people make the transition from off-center movement back to their centrist roots are official election results. People excited by ideas that will bring about change are more likely to vote and answer the pre-election polls.

When official election results come in for third party movements, they almost always result in the excited activists returning down to Earth from their campaigning highs. People within the most successful off-center movements have had to find contentment in the consolation prize of “at least we affected the outcome of the election.” Failure or subtle success, mixed with the marginalization from the center parties is often enough to thin out even the largest and successful off-center movements.