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Published On: Mon, Dec 9th, 2013

Rick Clark, South Carolina on not lowering flag for Nelson Mandela, he’s not an American

A South Carolina sheriff has refused to lower the American flag to half mast to honor Nelson Mandela, saying the honor should be reserved for American citizens.

photo Beverly & Pack

photo Beverly & Pack

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.

Clark said in the post, “Nelson Mandela did great things for his country and was a brave man but he was not an AMERICAN!!!”

“I have no problem lowering it in South Africa in their country but not for our country,” he added. “It should be the people who have sacrificed for our country.”

There is no penalty for failure to comply with an executive order given by the president.

Clark said he’s grateful to have the right to disagree.

“I think it’s great in America we can disagree,” he said.

Here is the sheriff’s full 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”

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!

 

 

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