May 18, 2018
DJT and The Nobel Peace Prize–The Idiocy of The Republican Party
by Michael Minehan
A group of US Republican governors and senators have written a letter to the Nobel Committee requesting that President Trump be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.This is for what they describe as Trump’s “transformative efforts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula”.
This call for a Nobel Prize for Trump is despite Trump’s vacillation between threats of ‘fire and fury’, and his personal insults to Kim Jong-un that have been interspersed with some other calls for peace.
But this enthusiasm for Trump to receive the Nobel Prize could be premature because North Korea is now threatening to withdraw from the proposed Singapore meeting if the US insists on ‘denuclearizing’ North Korea.
The Walras–America’s National Security Adviser–John Bolton
And North Korea is seeing to further rock the boat by describing its ‘repugnance’ for Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton. Bolton has argued in the past for pre-emptive military strikes to stop the North’s nuclear program.
The Nobel Peace Prize is no stranger to controversy. Here’s a list of the 10 most controversial Peace Prize awards:
Ironies abound in the Nobel Prizes. It’s widely speculated that the Peace Prize was set up by Alfred Nobel out of guilt because he felt at least partially responsible for all the deaths caused by dynamite and its derivatives in war.
And nor is the Peace Prize necessarily about rewarding the actual accomplishment of peaceful initiatives. It’s also about trying to initiate them. “You don’t negotiate the peace process with your friends – you initiate them with your enemies,” said the chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen.
Reiss-Andersen continued, “Part of the strength of the Nobel Peace Prize is that it’s controversial. If it was a global consensus prize, it wouldn’t have the relevance and the authority that it actually has today.”
Well, controversy is what Trump loves. And if Trump were to be actually awarded the Peace Prize, there would then be no need to pretend that he had won it. As he pretended with the fake Time Magazine that had a photo of him on the cover. Time asked Trump to remove this in June, 2017.
Whatever happened to good old-fashioned integrity and actually earning the awards you claim to have?
Most other people would die of embarrassment if they were caught out displaying a fake Time magazine with their photo on the cover. But not Trump, because it’s probably not the actual award itself that’s important to him. It’s the TV audience ratings and the talk about him that seems to be most important.
Being talked about is what Trump values most. Who cares it it’s true or not? The Washington Post describes Trump’s seesawing diplomatic spectacles as ‘diplotainment’.
Accordingly, here;s my final question. If Trump were to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, could we ever take the Peace Prize seriously again?