Jim Terry
October 13, 2009
Does Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? It depends on the definition of Peace
By Jim Terry

I have listened to conservative radio broadcasters mock President Obama's Nobel prize for several days and read editorials in some papers decrying the award. I was at first struck in the jaw by the news as was everyone else. And my initial reaction was, what has he done?

After reflecting on this $1.4 million award and its ramifications, I have come to the conclusion that the Nobel committee is perhaps correct to have awarded this prize to the President.

The committee announced last week that Obama was the winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. According to the Nobel Foundation web site, Alfred Nobel placed in his will an amount for an award to, "... 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." That has been translated by the Foundation as peace.. But there is another definition of peace, which I'll get to later..

Many have asked what Obama has done in his short career as President to merit the award. That same question was asked during the presidential campaign about his short career as a politician and member of the U.S. Senate and why he should be awarded the presidency.

But, the President has accomplished a great deal in the past nine months from the viewpoints of China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea and Vietnam, all countries with communist governments, and authoritarian tyrant wannabe monarchs of fourth world countries, such as Venezuela.

Barack Obama has done more than any other world leader to advance the Marxist agenda through his efforts to turn the United States into a socialist nation.

He has begun the nationalization of America through the government ownership of: auto manufacturers, mortgage institutions, insurance companies, banks, and now the move to control America's healthcare industry. Remember, early on, he touted "health care reform," but in late summer his words turned to "health insurance reform."

Obama's agenda seems to follow the words of an early day American publisher. Benjamin Tucker, who published the anarchist periodical Liberty, once said, "First, then, State Socialism, which may be described as the doctrine that all the affairs of men should be managed by the government, regardless of individual choice."

The irony in all this is the value of Obama's $1.4 million prize is deteriorating each day because of his fraudulent economic policies.

And, while the stature of the Nobel Peace Prize has diminished over the years because of the awards to celebrities such as Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and Yasser Arafat, the award committee seems to have no desire to return integrity to the prize with its most recent award. The Nobel Peace Prize now carries the weight of a Saturday afternoon amateur talent show at a local Karaoke bar.

In the words of one well known economist, "The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism." Viewed in that light, Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Oh, the well known economist who defined peace in that statement was Karl Marx.

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Jim Terry

Jim Terry has worked in Republican grassroots politics for 40 years. Terry was an administrative assistant to a Republican elected official in Dallas for twenty years. In 1996, he ran for and was elected to Justice Court 2 in Dallas County where he served eight years. Contact Jim at tr4guy@flash.net

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