Friday, October 9, 2009

Reductio Ad Absurdum

Today I read that the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded President
Obama the Nobel Peace Prize for his "extraordinary efforts to
strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

I'm simply astonished and still in shock. Obama has been President for
less than a year. In that time, he has stood by while Afghanistan
deteriorated and record numbers of allied soldiers have died, Iraq is
wobbling, Iran is on the verge of building of a nuclear weapon, OPEC
elites are are trying to cripple the dollar, he caved-in to the
Russians on the 2nd missile defense site in Europe, despite Czech and
Polish requests to the contrary, and our own economy continue to
falter and cough under the sickening effects of wealth redistribution
schemes and the spectre of socialized government programs. I'm not
sure where that leaves room for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I wanted to write about this canard using the rhetorical method of
Reductio Ad Absurdum. Reductio Ad Absurdum is an argument to refute
a proposition (or set of propositions), by showing that it leads to a
logically absurd consequence. But as I began writing, I realized that
we have arrived at the absurd logical conclusion. Obama winning with
Nobel Peace Prize less than a year into his Presidency is the absurd
logical conclusion of "Obamania." I am sickened.

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