October 10, 2009

There’s really not much I can add to the news of President Barack Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. beyond the unusual consenus across the vast political spectrum: only his most die-hard disciples have no qualms about his receiving an award for doing nothing except being able to read off a TelePrompTer well. But there are a few things I’ll just add:

1. Who cares about the Nobel Peace Prize, anyways? It doesn’t do anything or mean anything, except to those who offer it up and those who receive it.

2. By giving it to someone for his words alone rather than one who has actually achieved something in advancing the cause of global peace (whatever that is), the Nobel committee has in their infinite wisdon diminished the very significance (whatever that might be) of their own award. Who gets it next? George Clooney?

3. Wonder what Jimmy Carter really thinks? Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat must be rolling in theiur graves. That, my friends, was a Nobel effort.

4. Were I President Obama, I would decline the award and show up to present it instead to one of the more worthy nominees. Now that would be classy. Unfortunately, this president has no class nor any sense of place and history. Besides, his massive ego wouldn’t allow it. The Ego needs to be fed once again on the worldwide stage. I wonder how many “I”s and “me”s will be contained in his speech?

5. Politically, I think this does The One further damage, for, like the ill-advised last-minute trip to Copenhagen to push for the Olympic Games, it simply reinforces the suspicions of many conservatives, Independents, and “Reagan Democrats” out there that Obama is nothing more than an image, an empty suit operating in an ever-widening gap between true substance and the ability to govern and lead, and a silly campaign mantra of “hope and change”.

Last words go to Doctor Zero over at Hot Air, for he nails the decision perfectly:

Obama was given the Nobel Prize, not because of anything he has done as President, but because of what the committee thinks he will do. His achievements are as non-existent now as they were on the day he was nominated. His agenda, however, is clear. He spelled it out in that insipid speech he gave to the United Nations a few weeks ago. Speaking as the leader of the indentured world, he made it clear that he plans to dim the lights on an America in decline, and humbly step aside as the post-American century begins. That’s why he won the Peace Prize. The Nobel committee has long seen the United States as the greatest threat to world peace, and the man who plans to bankrupt and disarm it has earned their admiration.

There are only two responses to tyranny: submission and resistance. Submission is easy. It can be negotiated. It is filled with nuance, and requires a large staff of diplomats and state functionaries to administer in style. Organizations like the United Nations make the first concessions to dictatorship by their very nature, as they allow thug states like Iran and Libya to take seats next to peaceful democracies. Obama’s dismal eulogy for America at the U.N. was followed by lunatic rants from the blood-splattered clowns who will be the new masters of the global future. Entertaining such creatures is easy, if you can just ignore the piles of faceless victims buried behind them. You may rest assured that the name Neda Agha-Soltan was not spoken during Obama’s Peace Prize deliberations, and it will not be spoken when the prize is placed into his hands.

Resistance is hard. It requires the courage to call evil by its name, and sacrifice universal adoration in the process. The Left likes to rail against intolerance. The defense of peace and freedom requires the absolute intolerance of evil. It requires leaders who don’t need a few days to decide whether to cancel the Fourth of July picnic invitations of a dictatorship that guns down peacefully protesting citizens. It relies upon a nation with the strength and resolve to project both humanitarian assistance and military power around the world.

Barack Obama’s America, mortgaged to the hilt and several trillion dollars beyond broke, with a stagnant economy trapped in government amber, will no longer be such a nation. The Nobel committee is pleased to reward him for that, because a muscular United States rocks a lot of boats. The “international community” has never forgiven George W. Bush for backing it into a corner over Iraq, and forcing the United Nations to enforce its own resolutions. “Resolution” is harmless and exciting when it’s a word spoken by important diplomats, and scribbled into strongly-worded letters. It’s scary when backed up by forceful leaders who take it seriously.

Read his whole post.

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 11:00 | Comments (5)
  1. Jeeze….can’t we all just be happy with what we have instead of focusing on things over which we have no control? I have given up anger until next summer when I return to Sundance…it is amazing how much nicer life has become not being angry with anyone/anything. I have so many more options now in how I respond/react. Anger is a one way, dead end option…in my judgement. So, go have a beer and and let the Nobel committee choose who they want for the reasons they want. It’s not like it changes anything in my life.

    Comment by Jana — October 12, 2009 @ 11:03 am

  2. Understand your point, Jana, but I’m not angry. I’m just a guy observing the whims and ways of the political and non-political winds from my vantage point here in the Valley of the Sun. What makes me angry? Three humans and seven rabbits co-existing in a 1,742 sq. foot house. 🙂

    Comment by The Great White Shank — October 12, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

  3. Well, in that case have another Turtle Beer, or two. In other words adjust the “dosage” to the required need. I hear your pain, buddy.

    Comment by Jana — October 13, 2009 @ 4:50 am

  4. There’s only room for one insane person in this house, and I reserve that designation. Two’s a crowd, three is a nightmare. 🙂

    Comment by The Great White Shank — October 13, 2009 @ 10:05 am

  5. Well, bless your lil’ ole heart…more Turtle beers for sure.

    Comment by Jana — October 14, 2009 @ 7:09 am

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