Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Re: Mandela

It seems that Nelson Mandela became what his country needed in the 1950s. And, in the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and especially in the ‘90s. While he called for change, he changed. He became wiser.
Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, poverty and discrimination. At a memorial service in Johannesburg, Obama compared the former South African President to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln.
Click here to read the entire piece from AP at the PBS website.

Furthermore, there's no need to cast him as a saint now, although what he did for peace and freedom once he was released from prison was saintly, indeed.

Today, those pissants who want to pursue their low-road political games within the Republican Party, to mimic what American rightwingers were saying about Mandela 30 or 40 years ago, are revealing more about themselves than they are about the man Obama just eulogized.

Although some people in America have no ability to grasp what "reconciliation" means, most of the world couldn't care less about the Tea Party's political jockeying.

-- Photo by Herman Verwey/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images via AP

1 comment:

najamonline4u said...

while searching on slant memorials I found this blog and it really awesome. Nelson Mandela was a great leader and i was reading some of his great achievements when I heard about his death, what a coincident. May his soul rest in peace