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Palin Wins Nobel Literature Prize!

October 13, 2009 - John Stack

This is what many have likened the president winning the Nobel Peace Prize to. In his will, Alfred Nobel created the Nobel Prizes. One, the Peace Prize was for “the person who 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".   Right now, who better fits this description? With Obama as president, and therefore the most powerful man on earth, economically, militarily and otherwise, what he does and says affects the whole world. As the head of the Nobel committee Thorbjoern Jagland noted ‘"His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population. Obama has, as president, created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play."

          Unfortunately, many see his greatest strengths as his weaknesses. His willingness to use diplomacy is seen by some as naïve, or as hurting the security of the United States. Then there are the tens (hundreds?) of millions of Americans who see this willingness to talk as making our nation more secure. The unilateral go-it-alone strategy seems to many many Americans as causing us to feel even less secure because of George Bush’s 8 years, not more secure.

          The Peace Prize was created by Alfred Nobel with his own vision of a beneficiary(not say, Cal Thomas’ vision – more on him, later). It says ‘…or the best work for fraternity between nations’. The W years were all about only the US, and seemingly how the NeoCons and their ilk could profit from it. Obama understands we are not an island. Going it alone only leads to our own self destruction. A simple example is Obama’s decision to pull out of Bush’s ill advised ‘missile shield’ in Europe. By REMOVING this from the options, he has been near unanimously lauded for INCREASING security of the neighboring nations, as well as between the US and Russia.

          The biggest dig is that Obama doesn’t have a solid record of work that is deserving of the prize. What exactly does this have to be? If he brought peace to the middle east, would he have to wait 5 years to make sure it held? Does he have to get Taliban members and Christians singing Kumbuya together? Is it not enough that the rest of the world is once again looking towards America for leadership? Looking towards the strongest guy on the block to help peace rather than beating up the weakest and stealing their lunch money?

          The world HAS changed in the last 11 months. The WHOLE world. When Obama was elected, the WHOLE world rejoiced. I’ve read a lot of blogs and somehow many feel it was to reward him for being the 1st black president. Not sure how the logic goes for that, but rejected by most people. Last Novemebr, I was over at BluSeed Studios on election night. I don’t think there was a black person there. Yet, we were all extremely excited and the feeling in the room was one of new hope for everyone.


          In today’s Enterprise is a syndicated column by Cal Thomas. In it, he not only mocks Obama and his achievement, but the whole Nobel Peace Prize itself. But the Prize isn’t for him to define. In his twisted world, the likes of Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Doctors Without Borders, The international campaign to ban landmines, Desmond  Tutu and Lech Walesa. Walesa, while a hero of mine ironically doesn’t feel Obama is worth (yet). I can respect Walesa, as he took the long road, and put inhis time (in prison and the like). But, like obama, he received his Nobel Prize long before his greatest triumphs in Poland. By his own measure, Obama deserves the Peace Prize.

          Finally, I claim Obama deserves the Peace Prize for his captainship during  the massive health care reform package. Bringing more people access to health care – MILLIONS – seems like it is an awful good reason to award him at least some humanitarian prize.



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