‘He was not an AMERICAN!’: Sheriff defies Obama’s order to lower flag for Mandela

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Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark
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For one South Carolina sheriff, defying President Obama’s order to lower the American flag to half-staff in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela is simple: Mandela “was not an American.”

Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark took to Facebook Friday to explain to seemingly supportive residents why he will not lower the flag at the Sheriff’s Office for Mandela, despite Obama’s Dec. 5 Presidential Proclamation:

I usually don’t post political items, but today is different. I received this notification today, “As a mark of respect for the memory of Nelson Mandela, the President orders that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff effective immediately until sunset, December 9, 2013″

Nelson Mandela did great things for his country and was a brave man but he was not an AMERICAN!!! The flag should be lowered at our Embassy in S. Africa, but not here. Our flag is at half staff today for a Deputy in the low country who died going to help his fellow Deputy. He deserves the honor. I have ordered that the flag here at my office back up after tomorrow’s mourning of Pearl Harbor Day!

On Thursday, Obama took the rare step of ordering all American flags on government buildings lowered to half-staff until Monday, Dec. 9 in honor of the death of a foreign leader.

According to NPR, Obama did not issue the same proclamation upon the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

“In fact, the last foreign dignitary to be memorialized with the flag was Pope John Paul II in 2005,” NPR reported.

The Presidential Proclamation on the death of Nelson Mandela read, in part:

As a mark of respect for the memory of Nelson Mandela, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, December 9, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

H/T: Talking Points Memo

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"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Janeen@BizPacReview.com. Twitter: @JaneenBPR
About Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Janeen@BizPacReview.com. Twitter: @JaneenBPR

  • Avniel

    I support flying the Flag HIGH, not for some foreign terrorist but to honor fallen Americans. Shame on BHO and all who support him.

    • Richard Davis

      LOL…Mandela a terrorist?

      • Scott Willis

        Look up Necklacing and Mandella

        • Richard Davis

          Scott…Nelson Mandela was in jail for 27 years. The atrocities committed by radicals within the ANC can’t be attributed to a man behind bars…oh wait, you blame your hangnail on Obama…I see how your mind works…

          • Scott

            Yeah, no one ever organized crime from behind bars…

          • Richard Davis

            Scott, what do you know about apartheid?

          • WARIII

            Haven’t you noticed WE are living in aprtied right here in the USA!

          • WARIII

            Yes and he was there 27 years for WHAT? He commited multiple murders!

          • remann

            He still lead from behind bars, as many still do today from our prisons with gangs. Don’t be so blind.

        • Mel

          So if he’s a terrorist, what is the apartheid?

      • Ryan

        Reading up on history of one’s character and not just taking the media’s word with face value would have prevented the disaster we call Odumbass. Yes, Mandela was a terrorist, imbecile

        • Richard Davis

          Your ignorance is so deep and profound, it must make you impervious to the cold…because you simply don’t know it’s cold.

          • Alan

            You can’t really call someone ignorant if you’re the one spouting rubbish shown to you by the mainstream media rather than doing your own research into a subject and finding out that Mandela was a terrible person.

          • Guest

            Maybe the only thing I can agree with from Mandela. Watch out libturd, this might get you a little butthurt……

          • Ryan

            The only thing I could actually agree with Mendela on. Now when you open this link, libturd, try and not let your head explode

            https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152105523371337&set=a.10150121825126337.309200.54701331336&type=1

      • Miranda Grant

        I’ve always contended that one should do research before they try to make a educated point!

        • gtdav

          That would be “AN” educated point, would it not?

          • Miranda Grant

            You are correct! I look forward to your scrutinizing any and all comments from this point forward! What would I do without you! I’m guessing your point is directed ONLY towards my spelling an not my point!

          • Miranda Grant

            Thank you for reminding me of my inability to type a bit slower in order for that elusive little “n” to get thrown in there! I’m sure you’ll get a “gold star” for a well accomplished scrutiny of my post versus providing something more intelligent that pertains to the topic!

          • Guy Daley

            I get exhausted from the anally retentive that believe the internet is a perpetual typographical/spelling/grammar contest. If you didn’t gather his point without the “n” included, then I would say YOU have the problem.

          • guest

            I believe you mean her point. I don’t know many guys named Miranda.

          • Guy Daley

            Priceless, I expect you spend a great deal of time picking lint out of your belly button. Know any other tricks?

      • political correctness czar

        The U.S. federal government officially labeled him a terrorist.

        • Lars Skiipole

          Obama is a terrorist. Why not honor one of his own.

          • Richard Davis

            Brilliant Lars. Don’t use all three of your brain cells at once…

          • Lars Skiipole

            And why don’t you go back to drinking your kool-aid. You must belong to the 47% low-information voter crowd.

        • Richard Davis

          The U.S. federal government said thalidomide was safe for human consumption by pregnant women.

      • King Umbarrii

        Yes he was a racist communist and a terrorist. He murdered more(white) people than got killed om 911.

        • Raymond Tower

          He also murdered more blacks than the South African Government did. If they did not stand with him, he killed them. Signed off on the bombing of a Church, murdered Christians. He was in jail for attempts to over throw the government and acts of terror. He should not have been released.

          • obama-sux

            He should have been executed long ago, the World would be a better place had he not been alive past 1965!

          • RealityBites

            Too bad so sad

          • Richard Davis

            …hey…I just caught a runaway brain cell. It claims to be yours but ran away because it just couldn’t stand the abuse.

          • Guy Daley

            If you want to worship blacks in foreign countries, why not start your own church? If you are really clever, the IRS might make you tax exempt and at the very least you won’t have to pay property tax. You can gather up all these stray brain cells you keep talking about and get this project started. I’m sure you’ll have a church full of Mandella lovers in no time singing his praises.

          • joey

            Preach

          • RealityBites

            Tough cookies

          • Richard Davis

            Raymond, thanks for bringing this to light. I also have additional information on Mandela….you remember Tinkerbell? Well, that sexually ambiguous fairy was really a Russian double agent and was highhandedly responsible for the fairy apocalypse. Mandela was charged as an accomplice in the Fairlyland incident and was to have been extradited prior to his death. I love this internet thing…makes fact based research a breeze. Well…back to work…doing a piece on Bigfoot.

          • remann

            By his own admission in his autobiography, Mandela stated he was a communist. On Camera, Mandela was caught singing in his native language, death to all whites. He posed for photographs in front of the ANC’s Communist flag. Mandela killed anyone that stood in his way or had opposing views.
            You can choose to ignore the evidence and continue on blind, or you can wake up, look at the evidence for yourself. Your comments here have shown that you are not willing to investigate the events for yourself.

          • Marc Vellat

            Cut to the year 1992. The occasion was immortalized on YouTube in 2006. Mandela’s fist is clenched in a black power salute. Flanking him are members of the South African Communist Party, African National Congress leaders, and the ANC’s terrorist arm, the Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), which Mandela led. The sweet sounds of the MK anthem mask the ditty’s murderous words:

            “Go safely mkhonto
            Mkonto we Sizwe
            We the members of the Umkhonto have pledged ourselves to kill them—kill the whites”

      • Boobie_The_Rocket_Dog

        Yeah, necklacing.

      • nevada_geon

        Yeah Richard Davis A TERRORIST. It’s stvpid frickin douche rockets like you that are the reason this once great nation is circling the drain.

        • Richard Davis

          I believe in America. I love America. I have served her proudly and swore an oath to defend her. Apparently you have given up on her…so you and cancerous lesions like you should pack up and leave. I’ll happily contribute to your exit fund because we don’t need small minded, myopic, dolts like you infecting her.

          • nevada_geon

            “It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” – Voltaire
            Now run off and eat your breakfast Richard. Your applesauce and straw are waiting. Moron.

      • DeeDee1213

        Mandela was not an AMERICAN….. And with all due respect, Flags in South Africa should be flown at 1/2 staff, not American flags……….

        • Richard Davis

          Tell that to all the past Presidents who have exercised the Constitutional Powers granted to the executive branch to lower the flag for foreign dignitaries. You think this is the first time? You don’t know American history…with all due respect.

          • DeeDee1213

            HEY, with all due respect… I simply stated My Opinion… WE lower the flag for our SOLDIERS ,who are fighting for our freedoms in this Country. Hence the US Flag

          • Richard Davis

            Debate makes our country great…I love American too Dee Dee. God bless…

          • Marc Vellat

            You’ve got to admit that the case for honoring Mandela would be much stronger had Obama not snubbed Margaret Thatcher’s funeral….but SHE wasn’t a communist who hated America. “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.”
            Nelson Mandela via cbsnews.com

          • Richard Davis

            Marc, you do raise a valid point that would carry more weight if Reagan and Cheney had not supported South Africa’s apartheid system – it’s a historical fact at the time Reagan was President.

      • MESK
    • armyvet706

      Shame?? That prick has no shame.

      • obama-sux

        IMPEACH OBAMA!

        • Richard Davis

          …caught another runaway brain cell…go easy…you evidently don’t have many more to spare.

    • Richard Davis

      Shame on the “advisers” who supported the terrorist regime of South Africa by providing materiel and support so the diamond trade could flourish. The majority of mercenaries who trained the South African police in suppression techniques honed their skills killing and torturing Middle Easter dissenters. Do you know what I’m saying Avniel? You do know what I’m referring to, don’t you?

      • Jesse Britt

        Diamond trade lets follow the money.
        You might complane to Isreal, or will that be politicaly uncorrect.
        Jewish Virtual Library
        Quote: Jews have been prominent in the trade and in working of precious stones, of which diamonds and pearls provided the bulk, from the Middle Ages to the modern era. They took an active part in opening up the diamond markets of India and Brazil, the resources of (South Africa,) the London diamond market, and the diamond industries of the Low Countries.

        Jewish enterprise had a large share in the development of the (South African) diamond mines, which became the chief source of diamond supply after 1870, including the formation of De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. (1888), which in the 1960s controlled the production and marketing of the greater part of all uncut diamonds. German Jews were among the earliest pioneers of the (South African) diamond rush.

  • Igor Shafarevich

    Yep.

  • Charles

    Agree with the sheriff %100. If a flag should have been flown at 1/2 mast for a foreign dignitary it should have been Margaret Thatcher.

    • Richard Davis

      Well Charles, Nelson Mandela received this high honor and I support it.

      • Ryan

        Reading up on history of one’s character and not just taking the media’s word with face value would have prevented the disaster we call Odumbass. Yes, Mandela was a terrorist, imbecile

      • Boobie_The_Rocket_Dog

        Coming from Obama it is no high honor any more than the Medals of Freedom he hands out like Cracker-Jack toys.

        • obama-sux

          Yeah the racist pig oprah got one, for what being fat?

      • Joseph Jr

        Nelson Mandela did away with a racist regime in South Africa and replaced it with a racist communist regime. Just like we have a communist regime destroying our country. There is a big big difference. Nelson Mandela never lied about who and what he was. He did things because he seriously believed he was helping his country. Unlike the communist we have in our White House. In the end, there is no ” good communist”. He was an improvement to what they had.

        • MESK

          Well, here is Mandela’s record

          -Church Street West, Pretoria, on the 20 May 1983

          -Amanzimtoti Shopping complex KZN, 23 December 1985

          -Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court, 17 March 1988

          -Durban Pick ‘n Pay shopping complex, 1 September 1986

          -Pretoria Sterland movie complex 16 April 1988 – limpet mine killed ANC terrorist M O Maponya instead

          -Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court, 20 May 1987

          -Roodepoort Standard Bank 3 June, 1988

          • William Smith

            Problem is that Mandela was in the slammer during all of these events so its unlikely that he directed these events. More likely they were directed by associates or ANC leaders of that time who were out of prison perhaps Thabo Mbeki and others.

          • Richard Davis

            Mesk also blames Mandela for her hot flashes and incontinence…that started yesterday.

          • Richard Davis

            Wow…was he on work release? He did not get out of jail until 1990…idiot.

          • remann

            He still lead while in jail. Just because you are imprisoned, does not mean you can not lead and give orders. No different than Gang and Mafia leaders here in the U.S. are still giving orders from behind bars.

      • obama-sux

        Of course you do you libturd.

    • Max Most

      I draw one race card on you..

    • William Smith

      Wrong bucky! The United States flag should only be at half staff for American citizens only to honor those killed in military action, national tragedies, and those internal events deemed necessary. Not to some foreign potentate, dictator, communist, or some other citizen of a foreign country. Not because of their religion or politics, etc. Just for Americans, not for South Africans or British.

  • Hargraves Ian

    Mandella should be honored for being the inventor of the Michelin Rubber Necklace, covered in gas and placed around the neck of your political opponents. Also one of the biggest murderers of fellow blacks in other tribes. Hero? not to the thousands of dead black South Africans. Fly our flag at half mast will allow the enemy to grab them and burn them. Ride on Sheriff Rick Clark. Interesting that Scumbama is spending 100 million for his holiday in Hawaii but did not go there and honor the thousands of men who died there and helped this country survive Obamas hero Hitler.

    • Peter Theodoropoulos

      You have to remember the Muslim is a big fan of terrorists.

      • Richard Davis

        Of Greek heritage? Card carrying Golden Dawn member are we? …thought so.

        • Richard Cotromano

          Boy,the racism really starts to show on you commies when one one your own buys the farm!

        • Red

          Racist are you?

        • asdffasddf

          No wonder you have a Greek name, Theodoropoulos, maybe it’s you the racist? Not that is there anything wrong with racism, unlike hypocrisy.

        • Tanks-a-lot

          What is Greece if it is populated by Turks and Pakis?

    • Richard Davis

      Ian…it’s clear that you don’t care one iota about anyone of color, so let’s get that one straight you pathetic simpleton. Keep inundating the web with your lies.

      • Ryan

        Reading up on history of one’s character and not just taking the media’s word with face value would have prevented the disaster we call Odumbass. Yes, Mandela was a terrorist, imbecile

        • guest

          Didn’t you post that same statement earlier?

          • Ryan

            It’s posted many times; because it is very valid

    • William Smith

      For the record, that was the work of Winnie Mandela and her goons that were terrorizing S. Africa from the mid 80s onwards with these savage attacks.

  • Jane Jessee

    Mandela went to prison for being a communist terrorist, torturing people and burning those who opposed him. He does NOT deserve a flag of the US at half staff…especially when our heroes in Bengazhi or Seal Team 6 or any of our brave heroes got the same respect.

    • Richard Davis

      Jane which of the leaders who have been honored below were not accused of some atrocity? I am glad that you and those like you with very limited knowledge of history are in the minority…the increasing minority.

      President Bill Clinton honored former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in the 1990s.

      President Lyndon Johnson did it for former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill who was notorious anti-semite and virulent racist.

      • Richard Cotromano

        You sir,are an idiot.

        • Joseph Jr

          You took the words right out of my keyboard. Nelson Mandela turned to peace because his violence ended him up in hard labor. Nothing like living what you dealt out to turn your ideals.

  • Mamatex

    Are homeowners also required to follow the order?

    • Robert

      NO! This is still a free country for now.

      • King Umbarrii

        For now,

    • Beverly

      Hope not, cause I won’t.

      • Liz Johnson

        I dont have a flag to fly , even if I did, I wouldnt , this is America, last i knew , not Africa …

    • AlanfromNY

      I don’t believe Obama’s order applies to any State or municipal buildings; I believe it only applies to military bases and federal buildings and agencies.

      • Rob

        That’s correct. Typically, most governors will issue a similar proclamation for State holdings.

        • Mamatex

          Thank you to all for answering. We have a full size flag pole and I would not want to break the law although in this case I might make an exception!

      • Joseph Jr

        It only applies to communist States. So N. Korea and Cuba will fly their flags at half mast.

    • Trueism

      NO…..Fact is it is NOT an order as such. He cant order you or anyone to do anything.

      • Kenyon Hopkins

        Except to buy health insurance or be fined/jailed. duh

        • EliseR

          No one is going to be jailed for not buying health insurance.

    • D Scott Horton

      It only applies to flags on federal property. State Capitols, County court houses, police stations and schools can use their own discretion.

  • bobalouie

    There are no penalties for not following the flag rules, so he’s safe. He just better be ready to be audited by the IRS though.

  • Diana Smith

    Here we go again. Obama Bin Laden overstepping the boundaries of his office. Big deal, Mandela did great things for South Africans. I would never fly my flag (which I do proudly every day that it isn’t raining) at half staff for a foreign “dignitary”. SMH.

    • Peter Theodoropoulos

      I didn’t see any of his security forces stopping the mobs from pulling people out of their cars or homes and shooting them in the street.

  • Lorraine Stuart

    I agree with the Sheriff, Mandela was not an American and although he did some good things, he was a communist. I did not lower my flag .

  • Thomas J. Ryan