First, it was Al Gore getting nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for...well, I'm not exactly sure. Today, Mark Levin took it one step further by nominating Rush Limbaugh for the Nobel Peace Prize for...well, I'm not exactly sure.
Actually, I do know why, and it's the same thing that conservatives have lamented about the Nobel Prizes in past years: politics getting in the way of choosing a worthy recipient. Conservatives and Republicans may not see a problem with it, but I do, and for the same reason I oppose Gore being nominated.
I honestly don't know what they've done to deserve the honor.
They two of them haven't brokered any peace deals. They haven't advanced notions that have persuaded people to seek a peaceful existence. They haven't so much as got two sides to stop fighting even for a microsecond. Hardly a stunning resume for either of them on the peace front.
Gore's award nomination was because of loosened standards due to Gore's politics. Limbaugh's nomination is a reaction to Gore's nomination and is just as political. And at the end of the day, neither one earned their nominations for anything they've actually done.
I'm not astonished at Gore being so willing to accept an honor he hasn't earned because he is just that kind of guy. There's not much there to be proud of because Gore really hasn't done that much to be proud of. He's a rich white faux liberal who has never worked that much in his life because he's never had to. He was born into priviledge and expects everything to handed to him.
Limbaugh, on the other hand, was cut from different cloth. He has known both poverty and privilege, success and failure. One thing about Rush that even his critics have to admit is that he is one of the hardest workers out there on radio, if not in all media. He knows how to earn the accolades he enjoys, so it comes as a shock that Rush would agree to even accept the initial nomination. I disagree with him on a number of issues and I don't find him as entertaining as I used to, but I expected more out of him because of who he is away from the microphone.
No matter who wins, the Nobel Peace Prize has been tarnished yet again when it didn't need to be.