There's no reason to lower a flag for a killer and a tyrant. Why not just fly the flag half staff for Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Ladin, or even Adolf Hitler? The only reason that President Obama gave the order is because Nelson Mandela was black. In my opinon, the United States flag should not be lowered unless an American dies.
I do not see a connection between Mandela in Africa and the USA, except that Obama's ordering of flag was executed along racial lines bc Mandela was black. Mandela was a good citizen of South africa representing his constituents. What he did has no effect or relation to the USA.
Did we lower our flag when Winston S. Churchill died? After all, Churchill was made a US citizen by Order of President Truman. Mandela MIGHT have changed things for the better - history will judge him. But no matter what OUR flag should NOT be lower for a non-citizen; to do so shows disrespect for US servicemen/women.
He was a tyrant who devoted his life to driving white men out of the country he believed was his by shuning and killing them. I have no respect for this modern day adolf hitler and we should not have it forced upon us. He desreves no praise what so ever
Our country owes a debt to Nelson Mandela as an advocate for the very principles of freedom on which our country was founded. He was a global citizen preaching peace. What he did, suffered for, stood for is greater than any individual country. He served as an inspiration and conscious for our country when we lacked a moral conscious as we struggled to end racism.
American flags should ony be lowered for American heroes or American tragedies, not for foreigners. Mandela can be honoered in other ways. To lower the flag for a non-American no matter what he did for the good of his country takes away from our own. He wasn't even in office, he was retired. Lowering the flag is a discrace to the American people.
Mandela was not an American. This sign of respect should be reserved for our citizens. Who else are we going to lower it for? The Queen of England? The Pope? Plus Mandela was a Marxist and no hero to me. The government he left behind is a complete mess, but this is beside the point, let the South Africans lower their flag, we should only lower ours for those who are citizens of OUR flag.
If you said 'No', then you either read the question wrong or you don't know who Mandela was. Or maybe you have a sick fetish and enjoy seeing people squeezed into tires and lit on fire. Mandela did not seek a peaceful means to end apartheid because he himself said it was taking too long.
Just look at his past history and what he said about America. What next? Half-staff on Stalin's birthday? The American flag should only be lowered to half-staff to honor American citizens and/or those who support the USA. I fly my flag proudly and would never lower it to half-staff to "honor" the memory of someone who was so obviously against our American beliefs.
The AMERICAN flag is lowered for notable AMERICANS who performed extraordinary acts of heroism. Thus the flag flies at half staff for war heroes, police, regular citizens who have saved lives died while fighting enemies of the US, etc. Mandela was not an American, nor did he save lives. Actually, his overthrow of South African caused many lives to be lost.
As much as I respect the life, work and contributions of Nelson Mandela, I vehemently disagree with Mr. Obama's proclamation that the United States lower its flags at the White House, as well as all public buildings.
The lowering of the United States flag is an honor that is and should remain, reserved for US dignitaries, fallen soldiers and other American citizens who are bona fide examples of American greatness.
There are other ways Mr. Obama can honor Mandela - such as respecting the rights of people in the United States - not forcing them to buy healthcare comes to mind. Excessive taxation without representation for another, ending the drug war, respecting the second amendment as well. He can honor Mandela by not engaging in illegal wars that oppress foreign peoples for the gain of the corporate elitists and stop spreading terrorism or fomenting it with unfair international policies.
But to lower the flag for Mandela? I'm sorry, I respect his legacy, but this is not an honor he has earned or deserves.
Nelson Mandela fought for the right for black people to be free and to walk earth as human beings and he didn't fight for the new american people. If you put down the flag, that is honouring the cause that he fought for all those years ago that we have almost forgotten
Nelson Mandela might not have been an American, but what he did and what he stood for should be hailed by us as ideals that every American should strive for. Nelson Mandela was mostly loved and respected by everyone. It was not offensive or wrong to lower the flag in his honor. It would have been more offensive not to.
Nelson Mandela fought against apartheid, which is a heinous policy. It is an evil policy that promotes inequality, distress, lower standards of living for people of a different ethnicity, and promotes the life opportunities of an elite, based upon the colour of their skin. Of course President Obama was right in lowering the flag to honour Nelson Mandela. He fought against inequality and won.
It is rather ignorant to call Mr Mandela a tyrant. Anyone with a slight grasp of South African history would know that Mr Mandela served only one term in office. He was critical in the drafting of South Africa's first democratic constitution which is inclusive of all races, religions and social strata. He played a critical role in the global fight against not only apartheid but all forms of social injustice and stands as the original "great African of the world". Colonialism suppressed African ideas and ultimately resulted in there being almost no African voices in the mainstream media which developed in the 20th century. Mr Mandela was the first African leader to make the African agenda for development a global talking point.
Mr Obama has every right to join the rest of the world in lowering their flags in honor of Mr Mandela.
Not only did Nelson Mandela change South Africa, he changed the world. He fought for freedom and equality in a very dangerous environment. Mandela went to jail for 27 years, only to come out stronger than ever and was the first black man president in the first ever fully representative election that South Africa conducted. He was an amazing leader and impacted everyone around the world and deserves our respect. I appreciate the fact that Obama ordered the flags lowered for Mandela's passing.
Though Nelson Mandela wasn't a citizen of America, he met and exceeded what it means to put people first. Mandela could have easily turn the hate against Black South Africans directly against the white minority, but instead he grew to be a better man than the circumstances in which he found himself.
I do not think this is wrong, if anything, it is nice to see him doing something nice for another country. Maybe they never even knew each other, maybe they did. No one knows, or quite frankly, I'm sure, cares. It was just something nice that someone decided to do, and he happens to be the president, so everything he does is made public. He can't even take a crap with out the Paparazzi knowing.