Monday, October 12, 2009
'An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.' Gandhi
I've really tried to be a good American when it comes to President Obama...I really have. My commitment and whole-hearted belief in the democratic process of 'one man, one vote' combined with my faith (I Timothy 2:1-4) direct and somewhat temper my disappointment with our last presidential election. As I've exercised patience and practiced acceptance, there have been a few moments I've been able to see through the bitter partisanship currently dividing our Nation and see a few decisions I can live with from this Administration.
But who in the world are the Kool-Aide drinkers that voted the man a Nobel Peace Prize? I mean...come on!
My understanding of the selection process is the nominations had to be submitted to the Norwegian Nobel Committee by February 1 of this year. That means that President Obama had been in office for less than a month when his nomination was submitted...if he was in office at all. There's a window of accepting nominees with February 1 being the deadline.
Let's look back at the desires of Alfred Nobel, whom the annual prize is named, when it comes to the Peace Prize. Directly from his will...
'during the preceding year [...] shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.'
Mr. Nobel went as far as specify the non-militarized Norway, not Sweden, would administer the Peace Prize (one of five awarded annually). The Peace Prize was apparently a major deal to the man who invented dynamite...maybe as a conscience matter.
Given the desires of Mr. Nobel, how does a man campaigning for the most prestigious elected office in the world find the time to promote fraternity between nations and reduce a standing army that's not even his to command? Come on!
President Obama didn't have a choice in the matter, and I understand and accept that fact. However, his awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize is continued evidence of the blind following that submit to this President on a global level. Why?
Southerns are very fond of the Don Quixote line 'the proof of the pudding is in the eating.' We shorten it of course to 'the proof is in the pudding,' but it still means that the true value or quality of something can only be judged when it's put to use. In other words...results are what count. Where are the results Mr. President?
I'm sure our President had to be embarrassed by the million dollar award and winning such an undeserving honor...based solely on the Prize's credentials alone. His win is as perplexing as the fact that Mahatma Gandhi never did win....that's right... Gandhi never won the Peace Prize. I mean...come on!