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Sunday, June 7, 2015

It’s called the “Nobel Peace Prize” not the “Egomaniac Prize”

by Kalyn Free, Choctaws Rising

Does Chief Batton suffer from “delusions of personal greatness,” which is one of the definitions of an Egomaniac? You tell us. Below is a direct quote from the recent interview with Gary Batton in a June, 2015 issue of the Durant Democrat:

“I see that but one of my goals I want to do is win the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian efforts. If we ever have that happen to me that would be one of the coolest things to leave as a legacy, to be able, and I think we kinda started off with that.” 

For the full interview, (click here). We certainly know from Batton’s own words that humility is not one of his virtues.
The definition of humility is – “having a clear perspective and respect for one’s place in context.”
So, Chief Batton believes he belongs in the same legion as, just to name a few, notable humanitarians like Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King, Barack Obama, Kofi Annan, Dalia Lama, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel and Liu Xiaobo.
Perhaps Judy Allen can Google some of these names for Batton. She will find that Elie Wiesel’s mother and sister perished in the gas chamber at Auschwitz and his father died in Buchenwald, with Elie being rescued at the age of 17. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for speaking out against violence, repression and racism.
Desmond Tutu received the award for his lifelong opposition to apartheid. The Dalia Lama for his struggle for the liberation of Tibet. Liu Xiaobo received the Peace Prize for his long struggle for fundamental human rights in China – calling for political reforms and the end of communist single-party rule.
Interestingly enough, the single-party state is exactly what we have in the Choctaw Nation.
Then we have Mother Teresa, whose Missionaries of Charity members must vow to “give wholeheartedly free service to the poorest of the poor.” Sorry, Chief Batton, your Cabela’s shopping spree and big game hunt paid for by convicted felons knocks you out of her league.
"There is overwhelming evidence that former Choctaw Assistant Chief Gary Batton, former Choctaw Chief Greg Pyle, and other listed government witnesses are unindicted co-conspirators," Merida's attorneys wrote in a brief last week

To even suggest that he should be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize is ludicrous and laughable. It does nothing more than reveal his egomania and ignorance of the criteria for the awards. See, Chief Batton, these awards are given to people who fight for and dedicate their lives to democracy and ridding the world of oppressive regimes, not to totalitarian dictators who prop up banana republics and fight transparency, accountability and fair elections.
“He who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12

"Kalyn Free is a Chahta (Choctaw) attorney who has long worked to bring about social justice. I invited her to share her piece and thankful she has agreed. We hope to hear more from Kalyn here at Eaglemanz.

Kalyn Free


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