Thursday

Cracker Jack announces a new prize in every box: The Nobel Peace Prize.

As president Barack Obama accepted his Nobel Peace Prize he noted that there were many others who were more deserving. I couldn’t agree more. I took the time to stroll through the list of Nobel laureates and found that until recently the prize had at least some worth.

Recent winners include Al Gore and the IPCC in 2007, Jimmy Carter in 2002 and of course his Messiah in Chief Obama this year. Prior to that it seems that there was actually a requirement that you had to of achieved something, something notable.

It seems as of late the only requirement is that you espouse a certain political viewpoint; in particular a view that advocates global governance or the now defunct belief in anthropogenic global warming (these are two sides of the same coin).

Past winners at least had some credibility in that there achievments were significant and had a large scale impact on the human condition.

For example:

In 1906 Theodore Roosevelt won for his contribution in drawing up the peace treaty between Russia and Japan.

In 1919 Thomas Woodrow Wilson won for founding of the Société des Nations (League of Nations). This one is not a favorite of mine as the successor to the League of Nations, The UN, is little more than a political advocacy organization for socialism.

In 1952 ALBERT SCHWEITZER was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his works as a Missionary surgeon and founder Lambaréné Hospital in République du Gabon.

In 1964 Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Prize for his contributions to the civil rights campaign.

In 1973 Henry Kissinger won for helping negotiate the Vietnam peace accord.

In 1979 it was Mother Teresa who won for her well known and documented acts of charity.

In 1989 Tenzin Gyatso (The 14th Dalai Lama) won.

In each of theses cases (there are numerous other examples) the recipient had a laundry list of accomplishments to support his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize.

What has become of the once prestigious and meaningful Prize? What right does Barack Obama have to stand among notables such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama?

According to the The Nobel Prize Internet Archive it was awarded to Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” What exactly does that mean? What has Obama done in the eleven months that he has been in office that would warrant such praise? Simply put, absolutely nothing.

Obama has only his credentials as a community organizer and Chicago thug politician to present for consideration. Thus far as a president he has offered nothing more substantial than unwarranted apologies and unsubstantiated platitudes. If those are the requisite credentials for the Nobel Peace Prize the field will surely be overcrowded with liberal politicians.

While his place among notables such as Dr. King and Mother Teresa is dubious at best it is a sure bet that his place among other Nobel laureates is secure. He should fit in nicely between Jimmy Carter (a failed president) and Al Gore (a failed presidential candidate).

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