Pickens County, SC, Sheriff Rick Clark, is defying President Obama’s order that U.S. flags by lowered at half-staff in honor of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday.
Why? Because former South African president Nelson Mandela is not an AMERICAN. The Ole South rides again….
Someone should tell this moron that President George W. Bush ordered flag lowered at half-staff for Pope John Paul II in 2005 and President Lyndon Johnson ordered the same for Winston Churchill when he died in 1965.
Rick Clark made the pledge to keep flying the flag at the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at full height in a Facebook post:
“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,’” Clark wrote. “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.”
Clark said the flags at the Sheriff’s Office were at half staff Friday to mourn a deceased deputy. Clark said the flag would remain at half mast Saturday to mark Pearl Harbor Day. After that, he said, he “ordered that the flag here at my office back up” (sic).
My guess is that Rick Clark is a Republican who will stop at nothing to defy the president. One problem, he’s coming off as an ignoramus, who is defying his boss’ orders.