Wor­thy of a Nobel Prize?

The Signal - - OPINION - Steve LUNETTA Steve Lunetta is a res­i­dent of Santa Clarita and may have been wrong to sup­port Mea­sure H. He can be reached at slunetta63@ya­hoo.com.

In the wake of Pres­i­dent Trump’s stun­ning and his­toric meet­ing with North Korean strong­man Kim Jong Un, lib­er­als and left-lean­ing me­dia types are stum­bling. How can they make sense of this?

To lib­er­als, Trump is a buf­foon and a phony. He’s a light­weight and an ego­tis­ti­cal jerk. He’s a clos­eted bigot and skirt-chaser. A liar and a blowhard. But now, they need to add the ep­i­thet: peace-maker.

To the left, what you say and how you say it is far more im­por­tant than what you do. To most all other folks (my­self in­cluded), it’s what you do that car­ries weight.

It’s sort-of like that story in the Bi­ble. Je­sus asks the ques­tion: who does the will of the fa­ther? A man has two sons and asks them both to go work in the field. The first says “sure Pops!” and then goes and par­ties with his bud­dies. The sec­ond says “no way, Dad!” but then feels re­gret and goes out to work in the field.

I think Trump is like that sec­ond son. What he says means noth­ing. What he does is the only thing that mat­ters. Ig­nore the tweets, taunts, and tick­les.

Con­sider this for a mo­ment. For much of the past 50 years, the world has treated the North Kore­ans like toxic waste due to the re­pres­sive regime and in­cred­i­ble hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions. This re­sulted in an at­ti­tude amongst most world lead­ers, Democrats, and Repub­li­cans that North Korea should never be spo­ken to in any man­ner that would le­git­imize their be­hav­ior.

Trump walks in, rule-breaker that he clearly is, and says “why do it the same old way”? Ca­reer diplo­mats at the State De­part­ment were aghast. The French and the Brits were aghast. Congress was aghast. Oprah and Whoopi were aghast. But, it worked. Sure, we’ve got a long way to go. It can­not be de­nied, how­ever, that Pres­i­dent Trump’s out-of-the-box think­ing has cre­ated a diplo­matic break­through that may re­sult in huge changes in south­east Asia that could bring bet­ter peace and sta­bil­ity to the re­gion.

In a sense, what Trump did makes a lot of sense. What bet­ter way to de­stroy a pariah state than be­friend­ing them? By shut­ting them off from the world, it has ac­tu­ally done a mas­sive ser­vice to the regime be­cause the North Korean peo­ple be­come more iso­lated and mal­leable.

Ex­po­sure to “or­di­nary” things that we take for granted such as mar­kets with food, in­for­ma­tion, sim­ple tech­nol­ogy, im­proved agri­cul­tural prac­tices, and dif­fer­ent ways of think­ing will be the cat­a­lyst for change in the her­mit Korea.

Did any­one at the up­per lev­els of govern­ment ever think of this? Or, maybe they were too fear­ful to voice this opin­ion un­til Trump was willing to do it. That seems to be the power of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion- to think dif­fer­ently and try new things.

What if North Korea was to turn around, end their nu­clear arms pro­gram, and re-join the world com­mu­nity in peace and safety? Would that war­rant a con­sid­er­a­tion of Mr. Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize?

As I re­call, Pres­i­dent Obama re­ceived a Nobel for be­ing, well, black. While be­ing the first per­son of color to as­cend to the po­si­tion of world’s most pow­er­ful in­di­vid­ual, I wouldn’t say that his ac­com­plish­ment was wor­thy of a peace prize. What peace did he cre­ate?

If Trump pulls this off, he will have done more for world peace than Obama ever did and, frankly, more than all the other cur­rent world lead­ers com­bined.

I see in the me­dia that most are try­ing to find any an­gle to tear this whole ini­tia­tive down. Why? How does this harm any­thing? Is peace such a fright­en­ing propo­si­tion? Or, is it be­cause they just don’t like Trump? “Aye, there is the rub” as Shake­speare would say. Sep­a­rat­ing their per­sonal opin­ions from true ac­com­plish­ments seems an im­pos­si­bil­ity.

Some of the crit­i­cism has reached a com­i­cal level. A few com­men­ta­tors were crit­i­ciz­ing the menu choices at the Trump/Kim work­ing lunch as be­ing “too ex­pen­sive” and not what the com­mon North Korean can af­ford. Se­ri­ously?

Again, I am not a fan of Trump. But, one can­not deny another solid ac­com­plish­ment in this presidency. If peace re­turns to the Korean penin­sula, Trump de­serves a Nobel.

Heck, Stormy Daniels could present it to him.

Pres­i­dent Trump’s outof-the-box think­ing has cre­ated a diplo­matic break­through.

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