I wanted to scream when I woke up to the news the other day that Obama had won the Nobel Peace prize. I shouldn’t have been surprised, not much in this world makes much sense anyway. Look at it this way, most of the self-righteous people that protest abortions because it kills defenseless babies in the womb think nothing of supporting a war where Israel kills women, children and babies in Gaza. I guess as long as they have already been born and can feel the flesh being burned off their bones makes it all right.
Of course there are those that will label me an Obama hater because I don’t believe he should win a peace prize. Just because he spends a trillion dollars for the armed forces and lusts after tanks, guns, planes, bombs and bullets along with advanced nuclear weapons shouldn’t disqualify him. After all, these procurements are to insure peace not to foster war. We are the United States, right? Sometimes what appears to mean one thing means exactly the opposite. Here is a good example:
If Henry Kissinger can win the Nobel Peace prize for his work to bring peace to Vietnam, surely Barack Obama’s work to bring peace to Afghanistan deserves the same recognition. I’m surprised that George W. Bush didn’t win the prize for his “work” in Iraq.
Here is another:
There were some people in this country that pushed for the Peace Prize to be given to Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams, the founder of the Crips before he was executed for murder.
In today’s world we have truly reached the point where sometimes bad means good and good means bad. Orwell’s novel 1984, where the Ministry of Truth was a slight contradiction of terms, it should have been the Ministry of Propaganda (or the Ministry of Lies). The main slogans in Orwell’s book: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength really make perfect sense in the world of today. Orwell was off by a few years, but who could have foreseen the future when those crazy hippies had the nerve to put flowers in the business end of rifles during a demonstration at the Pentagon, or an event like Woodstock? Still, we managed to make up for lost time. Thankfully, we passed The Patriot Act just in time. I’m sure that Thomas Paine would have approved of that. I’m equally sure that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams would have cheered at the passage of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, just as Benjamin Franklin would have supported the re-vamped FISA Act. Franklin knew that you can’t be too careful when it came to national security, especially if he was told about the dangers of telephones and computers.
Yes, we’ve come a long way since 1776. Could you imagine passing something so naïve as The Declaration of Independence in today’s political climate? Where would the corporate safeguards be that makes sure that two-party system thrives? Could you imagine corporate funding gone from the political landscape? Think about that for a moment. Think of the consequences! Our elections would certainly become much too confusing for the average voter! Just picture how many candidates would run for the same office! The small parties like the Greens, Libertarians, Socialist Party or the Conservatives would have the same access to voters that the Republicans and Democrats have now! People would need to actually sit down and take notes.
For arguments sake, consider this: imagine five or six political parties working without corporate funding. This would force them to operate on a level playing field. Instead of corporations “bundling” employee political contributions as they do now, they would be forced into purchasing media outlets in order to give their candidates the largest chunk of media exposure. Of course many corporations do this already, but if corporate personhood were eliminated entirely, think of how many media outlets would be bought up. It could conceivably come to pass where each network would field a different political party. Think of how many political parties could be formed! Corporate money could no longer predetermine the winner in an election!
We all know that life can be confusing. When you add politics, it can be very confusing, sometimes terms change. Twenty years ago the Republicans would never have believed that the states they control would be called “red” states. Just a few decades earlier we would never had believed that a President supporting two different wars would win a Nobel Peace prize. In fact, we would never have believed that we would be fighting two wars on the other side of the world without a declaration of war by Congress! Sometimes it feels that we run this country without any rules at all.
Speaking of rules, we call for sanctions on a nation that has signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and has invited the IAEA to inspect their nuclear facilities that they claim are for peaceful power generation. We then support a nation that has been in a perpetual state of war since its inception, never signed the NPT and has an estimated 300-800 nuclear warheads and a delivery system of missiles on land and cruise missiles on submarines.
Where is that damn rule book?
Read Tim Gatto’s new book Complicity to Contempt