From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Nobel Sign of the Times

President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” He joins an impressive group:

  • Mother Teresa (1979)
  • Dag Hammarskjöld (posthumous 1961)
  • Jimmy Carter (2002)
  • Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin (1994)
  • Desmond Tutu (1984)
  • Amnesty International (1977)
  • Martin Luther King (1964)
  • Henry Kissinger, Le Duc Tho (1973)
  • Teddy Roosevelt (1906)
  • Woodrow Wilson (1919)
  • International Red Cross (1917, 1944, 1963)

Regardless of their different political leanings left or right, it seems to me that these organizations and people have one thing NOT in common with President Obama. They actually did something to deserve the recognition of the award. Of course this is old school thinking, that you should perform first and then be awarded. Or, in economic terms, save your money first, then spend it. Notice the International Red Cross awards? They were given in the war years. That’s Old School thinking. New School thinking would be to award the prize before the next war, not during or after.

Seems to me this is so typical of the way things are now. Style not substance. Intention not accomplishment. Image not content.

Brothers and sisters, we get the government we deserve.

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