Recently it was announced that Angela Merkel was receive the Roosevelt Foundation’s Four Freedoms award,
Just two weeks after hundreds of women were sexually assaulted by men who were reportedly asylum seekers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been announced as the recipient of an award based on her management of the refugee crisis.
Merkel, who was also Time Magazine’s 2015 person of the year, will receive the Roosevelt Foundation’s Four Freedoms award on April 21. The organization cited her work on the refugee crisis as part of the reason she was chosen for this prestigious award.
“In the current migrant and refugee crisis Merkel is committed to Europe’s humanitarian duty to protect those fleeing war and conflict in the Middle East, Africa and Asia and to tackle the causes of the crisis by working for peace in Syria and the region,” the organization said in an announcement about the award.
So how exactly is the public supposed to interpret this (or the reception of any other award)? They are supposed to view it as an affirmation of a job well done; with the affirmation typically coming from some mysterious committee with a prestigious aura on Mt. Olympus. An important implied characteristic of this committee is that they are above it all; and are singularly suited to make such judgements.
More often than not, in reality this is all a smoke screen for covering up failures (or pushing an agenda). In Merkel’s case, probably the Olympian Committee saw what was coming, and decided to give her some inoculation. Rational history will judge her harshly irrespective of this.
Now consider Feminists throughout recent history. Rush Limbaugh once suggested that Feminists were a bunch of women who gave awards to each other. Feminists have pushed through legislation and cultural change that has affected women, but one needs to ask, “Has this change on the average been positive to women?” And this is precisely the question that Feminists do not want women to ask themselves. For the answer, upon reflection, in many cases would be no.
A fine way to distract from women really reflecting on the question is for Feminists to give each other awards touting how much wonderful the world is now through their efforts. This approach is cheap to implement. It gratifies egos. It really is a no-lose proposition. At least for the Feminists Leadership.
There’s an old legal aphorism that goes, “If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If you have neither on your side, pound the table.” Of course, one pounds the table as a distraction. So in a sense, by giving each other awards, Feminist Leaders are pounding the table. An unbecoming scene it is.