You’re doomed. You spend a lot of time doomed. If you’re somewhere between 30 and 40, movies like “The Day After” had you convinced you were going to be an ash silhouette before you graduated high school. Those of you in different demographics had other threats looming over you. In popular culture, these swords of Damocles all have in common the assertion that electing leftists and voting for left-wing policies can save you. This is what our televisions tell us, anyway.
The world remains a very bad place. Reuters reported earlier this week that the “symbolic Doomsday Clock calculated by a group of scientists was moved a minute closer to midnight on Tuesday, with the group citing inadequate progress on nuclear weapons reduction and climate change.” This announcement raises questions because leftists still control much of the free world, including the most important of Western political positions. That position is president of the United States.
Remember when Barack Hussein Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (before he had a chance actually to do anything to earn it)? This act has much in common with the proclamations of those moving the hands of the Doomsday Clock. Both the prize and the clock are political symbols. Their only import is in their function as barometers of leftist opinion.
Alfred Bernhard Nobel was a Swedish industrialist whose claim to fame is inventing dynamite. He apparently believed that his dynamite would prove to be so powerful a weapon of destruction that horrified nations would no longer engage in the practice of war. “Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your congresses,” he wrote to the Austrian countess Bertha von Suttner, “on the day that two army corps can mutually annihilate each other in a second, all civilized nations will surely recoil with horror and disband their troops.”
In his will, Nobel directed that his wealth be used for the establishment of the Peace Prize, and several other prizes, that bear his name even today. In the last century, the Peace Prize has been awarded to the likes of Theodore Roosevelt (for drawing up the 1905 peace treaty between Russia and Japan), Lech Walesa, Bishop Desmond Tutu and United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. In more recent years, the Peace Prize was awarded to barely coherent and possibly deranged anti-Semite Jimmy Carter, the thickly sincere Al Gore (in conjunction with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and, of course, American President Barack Hussein Obama.
It is at least frustrating that arguably deserving Peace Prize recipients such as Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama keep company with terrorists like Yasser Arafat and bloated propagandists like Al Gore. More substantively, much has been made of Henry Kissinger’s award – an event that prompted Tom Lehrer to proclaim that satire was dead. Kissinger was at one time Nixon’s national security adviser; his name figures prominently whenever anyone utters the phrase “secret bombings in Vietnam.” Awarded the Peace Prize for negotiating the cease-fire that led to the end of America’s role in the Vietnam War, he has been the subject of at least one campaign to revoke the award.
The more recent recipients of the Peace Prize may perhaps strike us as more purely political than those past, but at least part of this is because we’ve forgotten the attendant politics of the day. It’s hard to imagine that Al Gore’s factually flawed slideshow propagandizing global warming is a greater achievement than Hospitals without Borders. What we forget, however, is that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee. It does not represent public opinion (except insofar as the committee members are influenced by this), is not at all insulated from political concerns or the influence of political trends, and is only as objective in its assignment as are those people who award it.
The award, officially, was granted to Barack Hussein Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. ” Reacting to widespread incredulity over Obama’s honor, Thorbjoem Jagland (say that five times fast), head of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, said, rather defensively, “Can someone tell me who did more than him this year? It is difficult to name a winner of the peace prize who is more in line with Alfred Nobel’s will.”
In that, I would have to agree with Mr. Jagland. The Nobel Peace Prize is a testament to hypocrisy and to unintended consequences, a monument to saying one thing and accomplishing – if anything – exactly the opposite. Among the ranks of its winners are a notorious terrorist, a failed U.S. president who hates the only democracy in the Middle East, a fat and corrupt political operative who refuses to address the lies in his famous movie and the thoroughly corrupt former head of the United Nations. To this motley crew of ne’er-do-wells and scoundrels, and to the embarrassment of those noble individuals who are forced to rub shoulders with them, the committee added President Barack Hussein Obama. Well, why not?
An award devoted to peace by a man whose greatest legacy is chemical explosives, whose father helped pioneer the use of impersonal and ruthlessly destructive mines in modern warfare, can be no more appropriately given than to President Obama. Such an individual surely epitomizes hoping for improvement and accomplishing ruin. He has, in his time in office, come to symbolize promising riches and achieving only further despair. In alienating the American people and diminishing American power while petulantly denouncing his critics and marching our nation toward doom, Barack Hussein Obama’s spirit could be no more true to that of Alfred Nobel’s real legacy.
Obama deserved the Peace Prize, and it deserves him – just as all who believe in gestures like the Doomsday Clock deserve the governments they elect. Artful proclamations of doom accomplish little and obscure reality behind a veil of politics. Save perhaps the presidential seal falling free of his podium, no symbol better represents Obama than the Doomsday Clock – not even empty prizes for “peace.”