Skip to comments.South Carolina sheriff refuses to lower flag in honor of Nelson Mandela
Posted on 12/09/2013 1:43:17 PM PST by SeekAndFind
A South Carolina sheriff is refusing to lower the American flag in tribute to Nelson Mandela, saying the honor should be reserved for American citizens.
President Barack Obama ordered flags lowered to half-staff for the international icon until sunset Monday. But Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says not in his department.
"It's just my simple opinion that the flag should only be lowered to half-staff for Americans who sacrificed for their country," Clark told CNN affiliate WHNS.
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It should be lowered at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa, he said, but not at home.
The flag in his department was lowered over the weekend to honor a fallen law enforcement officer and for Pearl Harbor Day. But it will stay up Sunday, he said.
"I have no problem lowering it in South Africa in their country but not for our country. It should be the people who have sacrificed for our country."
A spokesman for the department said the sheriff cannot be disciplined.
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This man is entirely correct. But I hope he doesn’t mind the IRS audit coming his way.
I’m REALLY starting to like South Carolina.
I have a feeling it’ll be more than just an IRS audit.
Mine’s flying high and proud, too.
did he lower the flag for margaret thatcher?
Flag was NOT lowered for Lady Thatcher and NO former Presidents attended her funeral.
Just remembered to check...flag at work is flying high.
Just imagine what a better world it would be, if everybody at Mandela’s funeral disappeared down a rabbit hole and never came back.
I totally agree with him.
Yes, some close monitoring of all of his calls, emails, and computer usage. Visits from officials of most of the cabinet departments, confiscation of his gun or dog or vehicle for some reason....
I like the way you think.
Flag was NOT lowered for Lady Thatcher and NO former Presidents attended her funeral.”
...Reagan would have. If he had to crawl even.
Good for him.
So, in a few months, or weeks, or even days, we’ll be having another very extensive funeral, that of Billy Graham. Let’s toss a coin, will the flags go at half mast?
“A spokesman for the department said the sheriff cannot be disciplined.” Disciplined?? What the he11 for. Obama has no authority to order anyone but federal organizations to lower the flag.