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

Sheriff Rick Clark

Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark

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

  1. Rich says:

    Not only was Mandela a terrorist for many years he was an avowed communist. There is no disputing these facts. is it any surprise that Bama supports Mandela? The US government had him listed as a terrorist up until 1990. Fact

    1. Charles Sparrow says:

      Commies helped Mandela free South Africa from white minority oppression. The US. would not. Shame on the US.

      1. Arden Hale says:

        So…the peace loving Zulus “freed” people? Please study the Zulu history.

        1. Charles Sparrow says:

          If u study the history of peace loving Christians in America. The “Rosewood Massacre”. 25 miles from me ,and these descendants of those “Good god fearing, love thy neighbor, do unto others, WHITE, christian folks” have not changed in the last 100 years. Why doesn’t the 10 comm. monument on the courthouse lawn wash all the blood away? “The character of man does not change, only the circumstances.-Mark Twain.

          1. Arden Hale says:

            lol. Yes, and to recap the Zulus were bloodthirsty and savage right into present day. Sweetheart, Christians aren’t murdering anybody these days. Most murders in America are committed by democrats. Look at gang dominated Chicago which is overwhemingly blue.

  2. Katy Stewart says:

    Well done Sherriff!!

  3. Charles Sparrow says:

    Not surprised by anything that comes out of SC. or any other Sates that make up the bible belt. Seems there are no limits they will go to when embarrassing themselves, the US. and humanity. I hope no beings from another planet are watching.

    1. Arden Hale says:

      Regionalism. lol. Your prejudices are worse than any you assert on the right because you’re pretending to be part of a party of tolerance.

      1. Charles Sparrow says:

        They brought it on themselves.

        1. Arden Hale says:

          Yes, that’s the kind of things bigots say to justify their prejudices. And its still wrong and no they didn’t.

          1. Charles Sparrow says:

            Sure they did. They r committed to embarrassing themselves more so than the baptalibanatics in Alabamastan.

          2. Arden Hale says:

            Well that’s just your fear and ignorance of southerners speaking. Its sad really. Just abandon and pretense of tolerance because nobody in your party has any. Embrace your bigotry.

  4. Tim Spires says:

    Be nice if we flew our Flag at half staff every day an American Solider is killed sacrificing for America, what an insult to American warriors Mandela did nothing for America.

  5. Charles Sparrow says:

    What he really meant to say was ” he’s not white”. Typical SC., Klannish, backwoods, ignorant, redneck racist.

    1. Arden Hale says:

      The Klan was founded by democrats. Typical Klannish liberal trying to spread misinformation.

      1. Charles Sparrow says:


        1. Arden Hale says:

          Whatever you say. Are you the Grand Wizer? Same as your buddy Bob Byrd? I’ll bet this guy voted for Bush who named the first black female Secretary of State. You voted against her. Very racist of you.

          1. Charles Sparrow says:

            What u talkin’ ’bout willis?

          2. Arden Hale says:

            Nope talking about your party. Bob Byrd was not only an office holder in the KKK he refused to fight in World War II so he wouldn’t have to fight alongside black soldiers and not only did dems keep electing him, he was part of your party leadership.

  6. Arden Hale says:

    I’m not concerned about the fact he was not American so much as the fact that Mandela’s obsession with murderous dictators.

    1. Charles Sparrow says:

      Murderous dictators- America has supported and install enough of them by illegal coupe’s . Socialists leaders were the only one who would help mandela fight white supremacist oppression. America would not. Shame on America. It’s probably what jesus would have done.

      1. Arden Hale says:

        Yeah, you lefties say alot of things without citing a specific example. But feel free because I’ll happily deconstruct each argument. Gee that’s funny as I recall much of the fighting Mandela did involved his group murdering Zulu leaders who opposed him. Socialists helped Zulus murder Zulus. Very heroic.

        1. Charles Sparrow says:

          Hey, everybody murders everybody-it’s what humanity does, what else is new?

          1. Arden Hale says:

            I’m sorry did you just try to justify Mandela killing his own people for opposing his policies?

          2. Charles Sparrow says:

            No, but why highlight it as being different from any others killing any others?

          3. Arden Hale says:

            Because you’re trying to laud him as a hero and engaging in regionalism against people who don’t support what he was about….

    2. Charles Sparrow says:

      When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, waving a cross.-Sinclair Lewis.

      1. Arden Hale says:

        Fascism already came to America and it was named the democratic party.

        1. Charles Sparrow says:

          U have confused demo’s with screeching teabaggers.

          1. Arden Hale says:

            Nope, I’ve correctly identified democrats as trying to take control of every aspect of human life in America. That’s a dead ringer for Fascism. Also the Tea Party never owned slaves.

  7. dylan says:

    SMH….People really need to learn the flag protocols before commenting here—or like this sheriff looking like a total fool. The flag is lowered to half staff after the death of a foreign head of state–which Mandela was.

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