Sheriff doesn't lower the flag for Mandela

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Sheriff doesn't lower the flag for Mandela

Sheriff Rick Clark refuses to lower flag in honor of Nelson Mandela - CNN.com

Though rare, the lowering of flags for foreign citizens is nothing new.
George W. Bush did it for Pope John Paul II eight years ago. Bill Clinton did it when former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in the 1990s.
In fact, the practice goes as far back as 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson ordered flags lowered for former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
But not all world leaders get the honor.
This year, Obama issued a statement expressing his condolences for the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. But he did not order the flag lowered.

The sheriff chose not to lower the flag because he did not think it was appropriate to do so for someone who is not an American.

What do you think?

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I do not think that is the reason. I saw a conservative article yesterday calling for people not to lower the flag. I am on my Kindle right now but in the AM when I am on my PC I will try to find it. I believe it was more about him as a person and some of the things he stood for.

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I think when POTUS says to lower the flag, you lower the flag not just out of respect for the person being honored but also out of respect for the office of POTUS. No one else in the country can order flags lowered at federal buildings, or that *all* flags in the country be lowered such as when Reagan died. If Nelson Mandela's legacy was limited to South Africa, few of us would even know his name. Can you imagine what the world might be like if Martin Luther King had lived longer? Now imagine what it might be like if Nelson Mandela had died young.

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I think some people transcend national lines. Margaret Thatcher, no. Nelson Mandela, yes. He had global impact in the most positive of ways, it makes sense to lower the flag for him. I'm guessing there is something else at play here than just some ideal that it should only be for Americans.

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I do not know how to share something on here that was on FB that does not have a source website behind it. Here are some other articles that I found that say a similar thing. (Please understand this is not my POV, just what is behind not lowing the flag)

The Real Mandela (Published Online 7/24/2013) | American Free Press

3 Things You Didn

Nelson Mandela was no saint but a Black racist who wanted to kill all whites | Fellowship of the Minds

There is scores of information on the Web on this topic. I personally believe most of it is hype, but it is much more than Mandela not being American.

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It is very sad that the sheriff took it upon himself to use this to make a statement. I disagree with some of the things Mandela did in his life, but his mark on history is undeniably positive. I was very sad that when he passed my 11 year old asked if he was a musician, I really feel like I failed to teach her some history

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

I do not know how to share something on here that was on FB that does not have a source website behind it. Here are some other articles that I found that say a similar thing. (Please understand this is not my POV, just what is behind not lowing the flag)

The Real Mandela (Published Online 7/24/2013) | American Free Press

3 Things You Didn

Nelson Mandela was no saint but a Black racist who wanted to kill all whites | Fellowship of the Minds

There is scores of information on the Web on this topic. I personally believe most of it is hype, but it is much more than Mandela not being American.

Here is some reading to counter balance all of that stuff that you are referencing. Acknowleding you said you don't nec. believe it yourself, just offering it up because i thought you might like the information:

If Nelson Mandela Was a "Terrorist" As Some Claim, Then So Was George Washington - PolicyMic

Nelson Mandela death: Examining the backlash - CNN.com

Nelson Mandela's legacy: As a leader, he was willing to use violence - latimes.com

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Trill

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