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Grasshopper Soup: Obama gives killer speech

Bob Sweigert
Grasshopper Soup
By Bob Sweigert

Right on, President Obama! What a killer speech he gave in Oslo, Norway when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. I hope all the far left people in North Tahoe, Truckee and Glenshire took notice.

The commander in chief agrees with me that not everyone in the world wants to coexist. To paraphrase him, he said there will always be violent people in the world who want to destroy entire nations of people, including us. It is our right to stand up to them, call them out and stop them dead in their tracks, if that’s what it takes.

Looks like Barack Obama has matured since taking office. But some people still don’t get it. Maybe they will embrace Grasshopper Soup now that Obama agrees with me.

Great minds think alike. The president said exactly what I have been demonized for saying in Grasshopper Soup over and over again. He said war and force are sometimes necessary tools for peace. As far as I am concerned, and it seems Obama would agree, this is not open for debate. He who lives by the sword, will die by the sword.

Obama said history clearly teaches us that some bad guys (he used Hitler as an example) cannot be stopped with negotiations or peaceful demonstrations. In other words, like I have said before, sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. Those who hated me for that now must love me as much as they love Obama.

Now that Obama has made it clear, maybe there’s hope that his realistic concept of the world will catch on and replace the politically correct fantasy that, if we just be really fair and nice, the bad guys will turn in to kind, harmless dancing Teletubbies overnight.

Obama’s speech could very well suggest that, sometimes, preemptive strikes against evil are justified. His Oslo comments sounded a little bit like the Bush Doctrine.

Some will find it troubling that the president said these things in response to receiving a peace prize. It boggles the mind, unless you understand the harsh realities of the world we live in. However bizarre it seems, Oslo was the perfect context for recognizing that people who value all human life must be prepared to defend it against those who don’t.

Only time will tell if his speech was a definite historical turning point to the right for left wing political thought. Obama later criticized Bush for creating a and#8220;triumphant sense about warand#8221; (Obama’s words) so it’s hard to say where Barack really stands. But, if only for as long as it took him to speak a few sentences, I was proud to hear he shared my views.

Politics shouldn’t matter when you are trying to save lives. Maybe those who oppose harsh measures against terrorism will open their hearts and consider the very real possibility that staunch anti-terrorists are actually watching out for them, and right wingers can also have big, peaceful hearts. That’s exactly what America needs, bigger open hearts and understanding based on realism. Not everybody can do it, but we can.

I can’t believe I just said that. and#8220;We can.and#8221; The Obama campaign slogan. Yes we can! Uncanny? Believe it or not, that was a total coincidence. I didn’t plan to say it. I should have let you think I did, but honesty got the best of me. And you thought I was trying to be clever. Actually, Obama may not know it, but he and I have a psychic connection.

We will never convince everybody in the world to quit blowing people up, but if enough of us are willing to protect our fellow man, maybe we could outnumber the bad guys so much they would have no choice but to stop killing innocent people and be good girls and boys for Santa. Hopefully, Santa won’t need armed guards to guide his sleigh next week.

Remember, this Christmas, somebody, somewhere, will put their life on the line for you.

Bob Sweigert is a Sierra Sun columnist, published poet, ski instructor and commercial driver. He’s lived at Lake Tahoe for 27 years.

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