So Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize.

I'm actually going to stand here and say: bravo. I think it's a good thing. As Obama said in his speech this morning, this is given as a great form of motivation, not as a reward for things done. (And damn, if his speech didn't put a smile on my face.) I think it's wonderful that we have a leader who is recognised, on an international level, as a bringer-of-peace or a potential bringer-of-peace rather than as a war-monger.

It's clear by my flist that (most?) don't agree with me. Obama is ruing America. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee has an agenda. Obama is a no good loser and now you're going to call me a racist because you're part of his cult.

First of all - the Nobel Peace Prize is not about America. Shocking, I know, but true. 'The Peace Prize is to go to whoever "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses".' It's an international prize (in case you missed it - Oslo is not in the US) and it's about international doings. (Also, if you missed the memo, Norway is a constitutional monarchy and they've got socialised medicine to drool over. If you're bitching about Obama's health care reform as a point in why he shouldn't have won, Norway will laugh at you.)

Second of all - duh. Everyone has an agenda. I admit, the people complaining that the Nobel Peace Prize has an agenda sound a lot like the people I see whining about the Homosexual Agenda and Feminist Agenda. (And really, can't we all get together and just put our agenda's together? It's sort of tiring to have to figure out if today's meeting is on the World Peace Agenda, Gay Agenda, Bisexual Agenda, Liberal Agenda, Socialist Agenda, or Feminist Agenda.) But, uh, how could a committee dedicated to giving awards and money for people working towards world peace not have an overarching agenda? (How can any politically motivated entity not have an agenda? I want to know.)

Thirdly - You're an ass. No, really, I swear to gods that you are. I invite you to enter any liberal political forum. Wander on over to [livejournal.com profile] ontd_political if you want some conservatives to make you feel comfortable. People who like Obama criticise him all the damned time. People who don't like Obama criticise him all the damned time. And, shockingly, when the criticisms are rational, thought-out, based in reality, and don't involve racial slurs or the Birther Movement, we don't run around calling each other racist. Saying, "I can't criticism Obama or you'll call me racist," is more racist than that - because it a) suggests that Obama is nothing more than black (and reinforces the idea that one drop of non-Caucasion blood successfully Others someone) and b) suggests that being "black" is the only successful thing that Obama has done (and, you know, suggests that his supporters are a bunch of idiots who only shout things about the color of his skin).

Nobel Committee Tells Us Why He Won - In Case You Missed It )
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