About Ercille I. Christmas Ercille I. Christmas was born in the tiny Caribbean island
of St. Kitts, the "Gibraltar of the Caribbean." She is thrilled to be an
American citizen, living in "the land of the free and the home of the
brave." Formerly a supervisor in the insurance industry, her life changed on
September 11, 2001, and she has devoted every minute since then, to speaking
and writing about the threat that Islamic terrorism and internal
anti-American behavior pose to our country. Her book, "Thoughts
of a Proud American," can be bought on Amazon.com, and she also blogs at
President Obama Deserves the Nobel Peace
Prize October 12, 2009
October 9, 2009, was a momentous day. The world woke up to the news that
President Obama had been awarded the Nobel prize for peace. The reaction
was swift in some quarters, and took a little longer to penetrate the
fog of sleep in others. Count me among the slow penetrating fog. I was
half awake listening to the radio and debating whether to roll over or
get out of bed, when I heard the news. I chuckled. thinking there goes a
promo for another Saturday Night Live skit trumpeting that the president
had accomplished "Jack" and "Squat" since he took office. Why was the
promo on so early? It was not a promo.
I did a quick calculation of the date. We are in the month of October.
Was it already Halloween? I do not have a pumpkin yet or candy for the
kids. The host of the show assured that there was indeed a win for the
president! I was elated that I still had my wits about me and had not
lost track of about 3 weeks of my life, thinking that it was already the
end of October! I was now awake.
I headed for the computer and found about 25 messages all giving
opinions about the prize. Incredulity was in abundance, spiced up with a
few peppery remarks, and cries for "forensic" evidence! The "bean
counters" weighed in with their calculations about how many days the
president was in office before the nominations closed. Since earlier I
was bringing forth Halloween before its appointed time, I stayed away
from the calendar days counting task force. I know my limitations.One
e-mail contained a link to a poll, which unfortunately the president was
losing by about a 75% margin. You can't win them all.
Now fully awake, I decided that I was going to try to refute all of the
arguments that I heard being put forth denigrating this fine
achievement. Many wanted tangible proof of achievement deserving of such
an award. If I am not up to the task of coming up with said
achievements, I am going to call on that fact checking team at CNN, to
enlist the services of those experts who attempted to dismantle that
Saturday Night Live skit. But first I will humbly give it the old
Many made the argument that the president had achieved nothing in his
nine months in office. Well he did not birth a baby but he did become
the proud parent of a dog called BO. That surely brought peace in the
dog kingdom. He took the missus on a date night to New York. How many of
you criticizing him can crow about this achievement in promoting marital
harmony? He entertained some young guests on the White House Lawn. Wait.
Scratch that. Reports are that the kids were sent away crying. This
crack reporter will have to investigate that. But at least, except for
that last bit, he demonstrated family values, peace in the family. Score
one for "nobility" in action!
Many were incensed and stridently expressed their derision at the prize,
belligerently stating that he received the prize for belittling his
fellow citizens on that "apology tour." He called those fellow citizens
"arrogant." Give it a rest, you detractors. Americans are arrogant. You
put your nose in so many conflicts that it would be difficult to keep
track, I will confine myself to World War II. There were those nice
Europeans minding their own business, fighting among themselves, with a
dictator, or two or three, slaughtering millions..
Sure the Americans were provoked by the Japanese and entered World War
II, but if they were not "arrogant," they could have made that more of a
low key approach, instead of riding in like cowboys on tanks, riding
Hitler and his minions, rescuing and feeding the living, and burying the
dead. In the interests of "peace," they should have sat down and talked
with Hitler instead of bombing him into oblivion. I forgot. Neville
Chamberlain tried the "peace in our time" approach. Hitler was not
impressed. He was impressed by those "arrogant" Americans. The bones of
many of those "arrogant" American troops are buried on European soil.
Millions of Europeans still remember and are still grateful. It appears
that it is some Americans, one in particular, who have forgotten..
I think that I am messing up my case for the defense. Maybe I should
move on to another issue that was brought up, about the president's lack
of fiscal knowledge and responsibility. It is always thrown in his face
about how he "socialized" most of the auto industry, parts of the
financial industry, and eventually the health care industry. In his
defense, if all of those leaders in those industries came to him with
hats in hand begging for bailouts and rescues, what was he supposed to
do? Just say "no." That slogan was already taken. He instead said "yes
we can," and he did. He brought peace to the financial industry and the
vehicular industry. The iconic Hummer brand is now going to the Chinese
and the Saturn brand is going into the car graveyard. The American auto
industry is almost in pieces.
I screwed up again there, didn't I. I need to return to school and learn
the art of flawlessly presenting and supporting an argument/thesis! I am
going to continue trying until I get it right. OK, I think that I have
it. He is bringing peace to the world by having Iran turn its soon to be
completed nuclear weapons into plough shares. There will be inspections
allowed, For real extra credit, Iran has not blown any nations to
bit...yet. This has been done all on the promise of the US president to
treat Iran's leader as on the same level as the US president. They will
be standing shoulder to shoulder, arms raised, singing a chorus of "Kumbaya!"
That will indeed be a very "transformative" photo op.I am hedging my
bets, in case this scenario does not quite play out. I am going to Costo
to purchase one of those $799 disaster preparedness kits.
I just fumbled that one. I move on. I have found my ace in the hole to
come up with an achievement for the president. He has been accused of
adding more to the debt in his first 200 or so days, than in the first
232 years of the republic. Where others see that as a minus, I see it as
a plus. He achieved in days what others took centuries not to do! I do
not believe any other president will reach that milestone ever again.
They may not want to, since their descendents may be so incensed at
them, for burdening these descendents with debt, that the descendents
may storm to the cemeteries where the bones of the "debt-meisters" are
interred, and rip open the graves in anger. That could be a scene to
rival "Night of the Living Dead!"
I know. I know. I am going to have to fire myself from this
self-appointed task of defending the president's pick up of that prize.
Maybe Saturday Night Live was right. He did "Jack" and "Squat."
Wait. I am not giving up that easily! He has inspired me to seek that
Nobel prize myself. I e-mailed friends to nominate me:
OK, that's it! Will someone nominate me? My claim to fame? I have,
through extensive clinical trials, (on myself), conclusively proved,
that humor, the ability to laugh at myself, and especially at pompous
people, is a surefire cure for the blues! My thesis is entitled "Blues
Cues & Hues!"
I have my acceptance speech prepared, short and sweet:
I would like to thank this distinguished body for giving me this
prize, that I don't deserve, but I could sure use the dough! I would be
remiss if I didn't thank President "The One," who proved beyond a shadow
of a doubt, that one does not need to achieve in order to achieve! Thank
you very much (in a great Elvis impersonation)!
One of the best offers that I received is the following from Joy:
I might consider nominating you if you change your acceptance speech
to say you did deserve this award and what the hell took so long for
them to give it to you. You do that and give me $10 when you win and we
have a deal! LOL!
Laugh out loud indeed. I would laugh, but I am too close to tears at the
laughingstock that this country has become. This Committee is being
accused of bestowing this prize in order to influence the war against
terrorists in Afghanistan. How could their newly crowned "King of
peace," turn around and send forty thousand more troops to Afghanistan.
As a man of "world peace," he is expected to screw the troops who are
fighting in just that small part of the world, all to the greater good,
right? That reminds me. One comparison made was that this was the first
"affirmative action" Nobel Peace prize, I pray to God that was not the
case. My ego could not stand it.
This article began as a lighthearted look at the Nobel Peace prize
award. I move onto more serious stuff. The Olympics beauty contest is
over. The Nobel Peace prize contest is over. The record is now 1-1. Can
we as a nation, and that includes the president, get back to dealing
with the request of our Military to choose victory in Afghanistan? Stop
the name calling. Stop the placing of parties and cronies ahead of what
is good for the country. While you idiots from whatever parties are busy
name calling like school children, our troops, that you sent out to
fight and die, are putting up a gallant fight, even with your idiotic
rules of engagement, and you are contributing to needless deaths. Is
that in plain enough English, unlike the punitive bills that you are
relentlessly shoving down our throats and any other available orifices?
My heart just about broke when I read an article from Times Online
discussing how our chaplains are worried that some of our troops in
Afghanistan are tired from multiple tours of duty, and demoralized by
what they are perceiving as a lack of support. My e-mail pals and I are
organizing to let those fine men and women know that we care. We want to
flood them with postcards and letters of love. We pray that the
civilians in charge of making decisions that affect the lives of these
troops, have the energy and courage to act sensibly, responsibly and
quickly. How many meetings does it take to finally decide to act? The
lives of young kids too young to buy a beer but not too young to defend
their country, are in the balance.Do not turn Afghanistan into Vietnam.