About a month ago, I wrote about what has happened to this country since 9/11. It’s not good; nobody has respect for those who think differently. There is no longer, “I respectfully disagree.” It’s more like, “You disagree, so you must be wrong. All the time. For everything.” That couldn’t be more apparent this morning, when news that President Obama was given a Nobel Peace Prize broke.
Let’s start with this: I don’t agree with President Obama on most things. I like that he tried to get the Olympics here, I like that he is listening to the military on the war in Afghanistan. But, I think he is spending WAY too much money, and I think he is a lot of talk. Still, he was given the Nobel Peace Prize by an unbiased group of people outside the US who feel that his image and ideals, as well as some of his international work, is what not only our country, but the world needs right now.
Do I agree? Not necessarily. I don’t know enough about the topic to give an informed opinion (whoa- people do that?). Am I proud that the leader of our country was given such an award? You damn well better believe I am, because he is the president of my country, and receiving the Nobel Peace Prize is an international honor.
It’s becoming all too common that, especially apparent with both Obama and Bush, if you disagree with his policies, you disagree with everything the man does and everything that happens to him. Conservatives coined the term “Bush Derangement Syndrome,” a term meaning that people criticized George W. Bush no matter what he did because he was doing it. It looks like people are well on their way to having Obama Derangement Syndrome. With both men, and all things we form an opinion on, really, we shouldn’t blindly form an opinion. We should look at the facts and judge it on it’s own merit.
The solution: Disagree with the president on his policies, on what he is doing in office to affect the public; don’t hate him for who he is or awards that are bestowed upon him. He took the hardest job in the country- the least we can do is respect him for it. And definitely don’t hate him because Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity say we should. You’re just as bad as the people who listen to Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann, because all four of these men are pundits first and patriots second (or last).