“Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize â€“ an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride â€“ unless of course you are the Republican Party. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It’s no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore â€“ it’s an embarrassing label to claim.â€
Can’t add much to that. Except that, aren’t we giving the 20%’ers too much air time? I guess I am too.
I don’t think Americans fully absorbed the depths to which this country’s reputation had sunk under the Cheney era. That’s understandable. And so they also haven’t fully absorbed the turn-around in the world’s view of America that Obama and the American people have accomplished. Of course, this has yet to bear real fruit. But you can begin to see how it could; and I hope more see both the peaceful intentions and the steely resolve of this man to persevere.
This president has done a huge amount to bring race relations in this country to a different place, which is why the far right has become so vicious in attacking him and lying about him. They know he threatens their politics of division and rule. He has also directly addressed the Muslim world, telling some hard truths, and played a small role in evoking a similar movement of hope and change in Iran, and finally told the Israelis to stop cutting their nose off to spite their face.
I see this prize as an endorsement of his extraordinary reorientation of world politics, and as an encouragement to see it through. In the midst of our domestic battles, and their ill-temper (from which I have not been immune lately), this is an attempt to tell us: look up for a moment, see how far we’ve come in pivoting away from global conflict, and give this man a break for his efforts and the massive burden he now bears.
LIMBAUGH: I think that everybody is laughing. Our president is a worldwide joke. Folks, do you realize something has happened here that we all agree with the Taliban and Iran about and that is he doesn’t deserve the award. Now that’s hilarious, that I’m on the same side of something with the Taliban, and that we all are on the same side as the Taliban.
Rush Limbaugh, voice of the Republican Party.
Glenn Greenwald makes a pretty good case against this in a post today. I certainly agree that using the whole “patriotism” thing against Republicans the way they did against opponents of W. is not the way to go. But I still have a problem with the way every single thing is cheered or booed based on the man and not the principle. Plenty of folks here in Chicago did not want the Olympics, and that’s fine, I wasn’t so sure I did either. But to be happy–overjoyed–that Chicago did not get it simply because Obama lobbied for it is so petty and immature. And it ignores the many behind-the-scenes people who worked for years to have Chicago even be considered and in the running.
Ultimately though, Greenwald is right. Democrats shouldn’t be using the same tactics that were so abhorred when Bush was president. And I shouldn’t be agreeing with them.