Retired LTCOL and fromer House Representative, Allen West, talks about the problem with the Peace Participation Trophy from 2009. You remember that, don’t you? President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for just showing up at work. LCOL West takes the Nobel committee to task for jumping to annoint President Obama. Unfortunately, Obama did not measure up as you can see from today’s current events.
As Written By Allen West for Townhall:
One of the damaging aspects of our American culture has been and continues to be the introduction of the infamous little plastic trinket known as the “participation trophy.” At some point in time perhaps too many parents had been reading books from Dr. Spock, and decided the best way to enhance the self-esteem of young kids was to give them something for just being there. So all of a sudden, it was decided that at certain sporting events for our kids that no scores would be kept, that tryouts were unfair, and everyone would get a trophy.
We all remember the Kia automobile commercial showing the Dad who rips off the “participant” moniker on his son’s trophy and writes in the word “champions” – after all, they had won every game. But sadly, this absurd endeavor has departed our youth athletic fields and has become symbolic of an American culture where there are those who expect accolades for doing nothing…or perhaps getting recognition for what someone thinks they may be able to accomplish.
For instance, we do not give out the coveted Medal of Honor because someone did really well during a training exercise, believing that will translate into courage and bravery above and beyond on the actual field of combat. So, as we wrap up the eight years of the Obama administration I thought it interesting to ponder what I consider one of the largest participation trophies ever given: the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
That award was given, notice I did not say earned, to a brand new American president named Barack Hussein Obama. He was an individual who had once quipped that he was an empty slate upon which people could write – an interesting perspective. And so, “The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to United States President Barack Obama for his ‘extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.’ The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the award on October 9, 2009, citing Obama’s promotion of nuclear nonproliferation and a ‘new climate’ in international relations fostered by Obama, especially in reaching out to the Muslim world.”
Let’s be very honest with ourselves here, the Nobel committee made a decision based upon what proven objective criteria? President Obama had not been in office for one year and he was awarded a trophy basically for participating – we had no idea what the end result of his proclamations and policies would be. However, for those of you who watched the last presidential debate and the topic area of “foreign hot spots,” you may just be aware of those results – let’s review.
The Nobel committee gave praise to President Obama for “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy.” Perhaps they would actually more pleased with a degradation of U.S. strength and regard in the world. It was President Obama who made the decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq and, in doing so, unleashed the savagery of the ….
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