Diary

When Honors and Awards Become a Curse

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My initial response to Barack Obama’s humble and gracious acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize wasn’t one of my finer moments in amateur political commentary.  I think I referred to it as the Nobel Respiration Prize over on Redstate.com.  Hemmingway defined greatness as grace under pressure.  He said nary a word about grace under nausea.  The latter, I posit is impossible. </p>
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Churlishness is not an honorable human emotion.  It is, in some rare cases, a natural, almost autonomic response.  Barack Obama’s Nobel Prize triggered churlish reflex gagging by anyone who believes awards should reflect greatness and recognize hard work and profound genius.  President Obama’s selection represents neither.  </p>
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His acceptance of this award, gracious, humble or otherwise, demeans any winner who legitimately deserves the implicit sobriquets that the casual observer associates with the award.  This, for once, is not entirely Barack Obama’s fault as a human being.  He held no gun to the heads of the five parasites who voted him the medal.  However, his receipt of the award, and his foolish decision to take it, could come back to hurt him.  It could even become like a curse. </p><!–break–>
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To see the extent to which this could affect him, remember that Saul Alinsky encouraged the radical to forever find ways to ridicule and belittle the leaders of the enemies.  Barack Obama is now a leader, instead of an insurgent.  Every time he gets another award, another honor, another pathetically sycophantic string of hosannas from the “impartial” observers amongst the media, the ridicule bulls-eye grows larger.  </p>
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When the radio is abuzz with talk show hosts sarcastically awarding Barack Obama the Heisman Trophy, the title as Next American Idol, and enshrinement into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the false and risible aims of the Nobel Committee massively backfire.  As Barack Obama’s defenders grow ever more preposterous, the man becomes more and more laughable.</p>
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Much of this ridicule has a nasty edge.  Pat Buchanan refers to Barack Obama’s Nobel Prize as an <a href= http://www.takimag.com/article/the_affirmative-action_nobel/>Affirmative Action Program.</a>  His use of the race card here was no better than President Obama’s before and during the infamously stupid White House Beer Summit.  However, he doesn’t completely unsheathe the hate without reason.  Buchanan describes what rankles the souls of many as Barack Obama is so gracious and humble in accepting the unearned accolades.</p>
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<i> They have reinforced the impression that Obama is someone who is forever being given prizes—Ivy League scholarships, law review editorships, prime-time speaking slots at national conventions—he did not earn.</i></P>
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That passage reminded me of something that happened to me in the Sixth Grade.  Our science class had been assigned projects to highlight alternative energy sources.  (They were yammering about that mess in the Pleistocene Era as well.)  I made a mock-up of a nuclear reactor out of an empty Quaker Oats Can and some cotton and various other household implements. </P>
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Another kid did the same project.  Mine looked better than his and got a better grade.  The kid wasn’t happy.  After threatening to “beat my @$$ like a snare-drum” (awesome taunt, by the way), he told me “You only did better than me because your Momma helped!”</p>
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What could I say?  Momma had helped.  She got me a better collection of materials than him.  She handed me a picture showing the inside of a reactor.  Most importantly, she made it known, just like the angry kid in my class, that if I didn’t produce The David of Quaker Oat Can Fission Reactors, my posterior could well neigh resemble a percussion instrument.  </p>
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Perhaps the little punk had a valid point.  I outperformed him in modeling a nuclear plant that would never get permits and therefore never be constructed in my lifetime.  It may have because I was given an unfair set of breaks and therefore, didn’t deserve the credit I had received. </p>
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It made me feel bummed inside.   For some bizarre reason, I even thought of that guy when a teacher in a totally different subject gave me an award for being diligent in my studies.  </p>
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So now this award becomes a burden.  No matter how hard CNN fact checks the SNL skits about Obama as a Do-Nothing President, they can’t fact-check resentment.  They will never undo the resentment that comes with even the appearance of unearned entitlement.  </p>
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Mickey Kaus was trying to give President Obama exceptional advice when he told him to cast down this improper Corona Muralis.  The president has scaled no wall, conquered no foe and had not truly done anything yet that furthered the commonweal through the promotion of peace and goodwill among all mankind.  </p>
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Barack Obama had only been officially President ten days when he was nominated.  He could have passed this toxic gold chalice back from whence it had been poured.  Refusing an unearned award in graceful and gentle manner would have shut up both Limbaugh and Levin more effectively than a year’s worth of SNL fact-checks.  But he chose to drink, and will imbibe the curse contained therein.  </p>
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Perhaps in the future, as he reaches for something he genuinely feels he earned, Barack Obama will learn why this Nobel Peace Prize is a curse.  When someone slaps his hand and tells him to go enjoy his peace prize, he will understand what people quietly think.  The future may be just rather than fair to Barack Obama, but I have a hard time offering this man any figment of empathy.  </P>
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He talks of “bitter people, who cling to their Bibles and guns.”  He describes his own grandmother, who sent him to the best private school in Hawaii, as a “typical white person.”   He said of John McCain.  “He claims he will follow Osauma Bin Ladin to the Gates of Hell, but won’t even go to the cave in Afghanistan where Bin Ladin lives.”  All the while he basks swaddled in unearned honors and ridiculous adulation.  </p>
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Reality will prove hard on Barack Obama, if it ever encroaches on his world.  Karma has never proven an easy debt collector to stiff.  And that massive karmic revenge, unlike this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, would be President Barack Obama’s just due.  Because sometimes the worst curse that can befall a man is to get exactly that which he deserves.