On the right path…

10 10 2009

As I awoke Friday morning and began groggily surfing the web news sites that I always examine with that first puff of nicotine and swig of caffeine, I found I could have easily done without either to awaken when I saw the news alert of Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize.  I voted for him.  I like him.  I still like him.  But all of that aside, I was stunned.  And I obviously wasn’t alone.  I was actually kind of hoping for 5 pm to arrive already so I could hear what Hannity would say about it – despite being a Obama fan, I kind of like listening to Hannity.

As the day progressed and I read on about the world’s response to this gesture, I had to almost laugh.  If you listen to the Republican extremist chatter often enough, you learn how they make broad generalizations and associations.  For example, the current bitch is about Kevin Jennings, the ‘Safe School Czar’, who has a past platform of promoting safety for homosexuals in schools.  Jennings publicly announced his admiration for Henry Hay, a gay rights’ activist, who just happens to be supportive of NAMBLA – so thereby in some six degrees of separation circle jerk, Kevin Jennings supports NAMBLA.

By using the same round about method, I have determined that these Republic extremists are terrorists. In response to Obama’s nod, the spokesperson for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid made this statement:

“We have seen no change in his strategy for peace. He has done nothing for peace in Afghanistan. He has not taken a single step for peace in Afghanistan or to make this country stable.  We condemn the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for Obama. We condemn the institute’s awarding him the peace prize. We condemn this year’s peace prize as unjust.”

To move forward though with my thoughts, is Obama really the right choice?  A lot are bantering that in only eight months in office he has had no time to act in a manner that deserves this prize, but the important note here is that he was nominated within only weeks of being in office.  So instead of looking at what he has achieved in office, we have to look at what he achieved before arriving there.

We’ve had a lot of good presidents, and a lot of poor ones.  But this man, has single handedly, done a great deal to repair our reputation as a country, and that is, in part, what has made him set his feet on the path to being a good president.

With George Bush at the helm, we lost our status in the world.  At no point in my lifetime had so many countries in the world lost total faith in the country of America.  Nations and people look at our president as a representative of the American people and the example we voted into office was a narrow minded buffoon.  The only prevention of an assassination attempt was his choice of vice president, a man who was as devious as he was intelligent.

With Obama as president, we have an ambassador of America who has the gift of gab and the ability to show the best aspects of America.  His achievements from childhood to now are only one small aspect of his person, a bigger display is in his continual optimism for what people can achieve.  This was the foundation of his campaign and likely where his nomination originated.  Now that he is in office, he has worked to schmooze with countries across the globe, to restore their faith in us as a nation, to show them that we aren’t all out of touch with today.  He has boldly stepped up and issued challenges to the world to set aside nuclear advances – and the fact he can pronounce the word isn’t too bad either – and to encourage all countries to fall in line with United Nations and set their feet on the path to peace.

The prize, per the committee, was awarded to him for his efforts, not necessarily his achievements.  It is for the continual stride in the right direction that he has made towards world peace.

Look at Martin Luther King, who was awarded in 1964.  He hadn’t at that time changed the world and created an America where blacks and whites were equal, but he had vocally and publicly drawn attention to the cause in a manner that made his attempts a household conversation.

Woodrow Wilson won in 1919 for trying to form the League of Nations – keyword, trying; but America never became a part of it – yet for the attempt he was awarded.

American Vice President Charles Dawes was awarded a Nobel Peace prize for creating a plan to restore Germany’s economy, though ultimately his plan was ditched for being inadequate.

My point here is that the prize is not always awarded for achievements but for strides towards a peaceful goal or idea.  It isn’t specifically the success or failure of the plan of action that is being awarded, but the individual’s efforts for the plan’s success.




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