Thoughts on the Presidential Medal of Freedom

If the Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor in America, why is it bestowed upon individuals who aren’t big fans of the US?  This annoys me probably more than it should.

Obama awarded labor activist, Dolores Huerta, with the honor yesterday.  A woman who is an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America, who wants the redistribution of wealth, and for us to be more like Venezuela.  She should get the Venezuelan Dictator Medal of Freedom (from liberty as Loki would say).

But, this is a Presidential honor, and I’m sure Ms. Huerta fits right into Obama’s ideal of America.  And after all, it is still all about Obama.

“So many of these people are my heroes individually,” Obama said during the ceremony, recalling how he read Morrison’s novel “Song of Solomon” as a young man when he was “not just trying to figure out how to write, but also how to be and how to think.”

“And I remember in college listening to Bob Dylan and my world opening up because he captured something about this country that was so vital,” he said. “Everybody on this stage has marked my life in profound ways.”

(Letters in bold, mine).  Read the full story about the award ceremony, here.

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