Friday, October 9, 2009

Bad News! Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

By Frank Schaeffer

Here's how Obama's critics will react to the news of his winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Religious Right will take this is further proof that Obama is the Antichrist.

The neoconservatives will trumpet this as the ultimate evidence of Obama being a socialist, embraced by notoriously socialist Norway.

The "Birthers" will find evidence that Obama is indeed not an American since isn't it more likely that those Communists in Europe would give the Nobel Peace Prize to a Kenyan?

The "Deathers" already know that in Sweden (same as Norway, right?) socialized medicine kills one out of every two patients and forces 99% of women to have abortions, so this will just prove that a similar fate awaits all Americans.

The surprise for some Democratic voters who believe that all lefties are sensible people will be the reaction of the Obama-isn't-progressive-enough left. Obama's critics to the left (Krugman/Maher et al) will issue lists ranging from his "failure" to change the don't ask don't tell policy fast enough, to the fact that we are "still in Afghanistan" to show that the Nobel committee was somehow mistaken.

Because President Obama has not been on a timetable of a fast-paced music video but rather has approached governing at a measured pace working for long term results the smart ass part of the left, raised on high sugar content breakfast cereals and too much TV, a group of people who think in soundbites and 30 second news cycles, will somehow, like the far right, turn this good news into bad news.

The rest of us who have steadily stood by our man, worked to get him elected and have faith in his brilliance, good humor, patience and kindness will rejoice.

em>Frank Schaeffer is the author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back and the forthcoming Patience With God: Faith For People Who Don't Like Religion (Or Atheism)

15 comments:

lizard. dot lizard. said...

Amen sir, well-said.

Also, the naysayers can say all the nay they want, they can't take this enormous smile away from me :), not tonight.

Hughes. said...

I live under the curse of socialised medicine and I've been killed twice this year already, next time the doctors say they'll give me an abortion as well... I'M A MAN! Won't somebody think of the children :-((((

Is it masochistic that I want to hear what Bill O'Reilly and that slavering buffoon Glenn Beck will have to say about this prize? I can practically see Bill's loathing in my mind's eye.

Gillian said...

Given the current Nobel committee's interpretation of the Peace Prize guidelines to include combating poverty - which was the core of Obama's career as a community organizer - and the ability to unite and inspire others to work towards the general welfare of the world - the core of Obama's campaign - I think the award is as much a recognition of his past work as it is of his vision for the future...and an indictment of the Bush years.

Andrew said...

It is sad how much of a "Yes-man" you are for Obama. Very sad.

Geds said...

Because President Obama has not been on a timetable of a fast-paced music video but rather has approached governing at a measured pace working for long term results the smart ass left, raised on high sugar content breakfast cereals and too much TV, a group of people who think in soundbites and 30 second news cycles, will somehow, like the far right, turn this good news into bad news.

I'm of the school of thought that says that this isn't a good thing based on the fact that Obama hasn't done anything and it has nothing to do with the 24-hour news cycle or my childhood love of Lucky charms. Obama hasn't done anything and he's spent much of his Presidency so far retreating from his campaign promises and working very hard to emulate Bush in the places where he suddenly realizes that the last Bush Administration's policies were really, really convenient. The Administration is working hard to stop Holder from shedding light on torture and moving forward with prosecutions. They're not exactly moving to close Gitmo with anything closely approximating verve. They're still rattling sabers at Iran and Pakistan.

I see little evidence of anything that even closely resembles peace coming from this. And the promise of possible future peace should not be a reason for handing out the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, Obama might pull the troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama might actually get around to closing Gitmo. Obama might also levitate and suddenly develop the ability to bleed chocolate pudding.

But just because he might do something (whether or not it's likely or even physically possible), he hasn't yet done much of anything. And that Nobel Peace Prize will look really stupid in about two years if Obama decides to start trying to sell the country on a poorly conceived invasion of Iran.

So, no, I don't think Obama should have gotten the Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, I think it's because he hasn't done anything. But don't assume that I've formulated that opinion based on some unrealistic expectation that Obama should have gotten us out of two wars by now. It's the fact that he hasn't seemed particularly interested in reversing some of Bushco's worst policies and I don't yet know that he won't start another war or two.

"Hey, at least he's not Bush," might be grounds for voting for John Kerry, but it shouldn't be grounds for giving Obama a Nobel.

bimshire68 said...

Perhaps the most important thing that Obama has done is to bring the most dangerous nation in the world to the table of peace: the United States of America.

For that alone, he deserves the award.

Kathleen McDade said...

I don't think he deserves the award -YET. I was kind of hoping he would decline. But I think he handled it well in his speech.

Ken Pulliam, Ph.D. said...

Frank, I am sorry to say this but it appears that you have become just as much of a "kool-aid" drinker on the left as you once were on the right. You have just changed positions.

That's fine but please recognize it for what it is.

Sam said...

It was a surprise, but the reactions have not been. The committee chooses who they will choose, and history will agree with them, I'm sure. It is what it is.

Frank, your dad's writing fed my ego, and years later I appreciate your voice as a fellow traveler on the other side of humility. I just found your site a week or so ago. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

Anonymous said...

great fan of the influential son of Francis & Edith Schaeffer; am happy for his evolved mature Christian faith; saw his mom & dad while attending bible college during their philadelphia seminar.; saw his d.l.hughley interview & w/rachel maddow on msnbc. ;very sucinct & charming!

Anonymous said...

I'm a conservative woman, love Norway, totally support women, wouldn't have an abortion, (had a baby at 14 with my then Jr high/HS sweetheart and chose adoption), know where Sweden is, and I believe our President shouldn't have even been a consideration. The candidates he was in the running with were far better choices.
I am also sad to read so much hatred and anger from you all towards us, calling us killers, birthers, naysayers and so much worse on other pages, anything degrading & ugly you can come up with. You think we are all crazed white folks running to church with our guns in hand. This couldn't be further from the truth.
I read on another post you have about Glen Beck, stating that his comments are inciting violence and poss. the assassination of Mr. Obama. ABSURD! Nothing I've heard has ever sounded remotely like that. And your use of the N word was so offensive to me as an ethnic woman. How in the world did you ever get to *Uppity N166er*??? If YOU are drawing conclusions like that then maybe YOU need to check YOURSELF! That is coming from YOU and YOUR mind, YOUR feelings! Maybe you need to take a deeper look in to YOU and quit spending so much time on everyone else.( * Quoting from the G. Beck Post)
I have never had hatred in my heart for someone on the "left" just because of their political views. None of us are ever going to completely agree with each other 100%. That is no reason to be so angry. That is no reason to lie about each other and that is no reason to assume the worst about one another.

Anonymous said...

Frank - you love your president. I felt good about my president, George W. Bush. I watched for 8 years the liberal media, of which you are a regular guest on and cheerleader of, tear him down in every way.

Now the shoe is on the other foot and conservatives don't agree with Obama's leftist policies, just like leftists didn't agree with Bush's conservative policies. But in your eyes, that makes conservatives dangerous. Why don't you admit it, you leftists are addicted to the hatred of conservatives that you created and nurtured for the 8 years of George Bush's presidency. And like any addict, you can't let your hatred drug go so now you are reviling and demonizing every conservative.

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