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!


Snarky Belle said...

All I can say is AMEN brother Tony!

Tracy said...

Yeah, I agree with you on this one.

A blog writer that I enjoy (JD Larsen at treesforlunch.blogspot)
referred me over to an amusing article on this topic in the Chicago Tribune; you can read it at:,0,6621520.column

David said...

Well Tony, all I can say is that you are a better American then I am. I am not just disappointed at the results of the last election, I am outraged-- mostly that Christians could find excuses to vote for the president. Maybe Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter's campaign of punishing America went too far? I respect the office, but I am counting the days until it is over.

As you well know, I don't think that Christians should be Republicans, but I do think that there was a better choice if one simply voted on biblical principals.

I also believe that Obama should have rejected the prize as he was quoted as saying "I don't deserve it." Rejecting it would be a good way to show it.

The high regard I once held for the NPP is gone. It has become a joke like Air America, the Boston Globe, the NY Times, MSNBC and most of Hollywood. We can now be assured of a liberal bias that is both highly partisan, unfair, and prejudiced. Worse, that rel peacemakers-- remember the blessed ones - they are not even considered any longer. The good news is most of them could care less about a prize.

Here is my take on on the NPP with a different slant.

BTW - I am as tired of the right-wing noise too. But I did enjoy the Michael Moore interview with Sean Hannity last night. Now that was a debate between kooks on both sides. ;o)

photogr said...

Good on the fence report of the latest NPP recipient. Not only has this president made us a laughing stock of the world, he now has discredited the Nobel Prizes and reduced it's real value. I would imagine the European Billionare Soros had something to do with it.

What next reward will he be granted? I have a pretty good idea though.

Laretha said...

Very well said my friend!

Jake said...

I agree. But be careful of writing things when you Twitter, Blog, etc. I heard on the news that social networking has seen an increase of 70% in lawsuits this year from things written in these venues.