Rush Limbaugh accused President Obama of plagiarizing him during his speech at the United Nations on Wednesday.
Obama's speech drew attention mostly for his insistence that the Palestinian delegation drop its attempt to be recognized by the UN as a fully independent state. Limbaugh, though, focused on what he seemed to think was Obama's overuse of some of his favorite aphorisms.
Apparently, Limbaugh wrote a 1988 column that contained his "35 Undeniable Truths of Life." (The full list is a very vintage document.) One of them, he said, was uttered "verbatim" by Obama at the U.N.: "peace does not mean the absence of war." (Technically, Obama said that "peace is more than just the absence of war.")
"I feel like I have been plagiarized," Limbaugh said. "...No, no! Of course he didn't credit me." He also accused Obama of cribbing from his 14th "undeniable truth," "to free peoples, peace means the absence of threats and the presence of justice."
Limbaugh said it was "almost like somebody in the regime read this and liked portions of it and lifted it for his speech."
Listen (via RightVid):
A lot of readers pointed out that Limbaugh was far from the first (or last) to ponder the relationship between peace and war. Accordingly, we set out to find some people besides the radio host who have said things very similar to him.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice."
"The absence of war is not peace."
"Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict."
"Peace is not the absence of war. Lasting peace is rooted in justice."
"Absence Of War Does Not Mean Peace"
"Christ's peace is not the simple absence of conflict."