Sheriff says NO! to Obama

President Obama ordered US flags to be flown at half-staff to honor Nelson Mandella. Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said NO. When you get right down to it, he said Hell NO!

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 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.

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 go right up Sunday morning, he said.

Would you be shocked if we told you that Sheriff Clark is taking some heat for his stand? We didn’t think so, we weren’t shocked either.

News One For Black America had this to say,

Clark’s actions and those of his supporters prove that White supremacy and privilege—and illusions of American exceptionalism—are alive and well in South Carolina.

Here’s what the Sheriff posted on his Facebook page that brought visions of doom to the race industry.

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Now I can understand why someone might disagree with Sheriff Clark’s opinion about flying the flag at half-staff, and I have no issues with that at all. I’m completely mystified as to how anybody can come up with “illusions of American exceptionalism” out of that. And, what the heck is wrong with American exceptionalism?

In addition, where’s the “White supremacy”? I’m willing to bet these folks could find racism and American exceptionalism in a smile and a “good morning”. Clark clarified his opposition to lowering the flag for foreign dignitaries,

Many online pointed to the issue of racism in Clark’s decision, but in interviews, Clark said he would have made the same decision when Pope John Paul II died had he been in the sheriff’s office then, the AP said. Clark has been in office one year.

I hope Sheriff Clark isn’t counting on the endorsement of the NAACP come reelection time.


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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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  • Lawrence Westlake

    The real story within this story is that ordering flags to half-staff is extraordinarily rare in cases of foreigners. When Margaret Thatcher recently died, for example, Obama didn’t issue a half-staff order. For Nelson Mandela, however, he did. And that tells you all you need to know about Obama and about the people pulling the strings behind the scenes.

    • Jwb10001

      Damn Lawrence are you smoking from Glenn Beck’s crack pipe again?

    • Commander_Chico

      Thatcher should have got the honor, too.

      But the president can’t “order” local officials to fly the flag at half staff, so this is just redneck grandstanding.

      This sheriff would rather be flying this flag:

      http://gameofroles.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/article346153_confederate-flag.jpg

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        Dog bites man non-news of the day: An assertion of racist intent without any actual support is, itself, racist. Just what we’d expect from our resident racist.

      • Guest

        This is the flag Obama would rather be flying.

      • Retired military

        Yessirrreeee Chico knows about those racists. He is an expert. I just have a few questions.

        “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

        1. Do you consider Oprah racist since she called for the deaths of millions of non black people because SHE FEELS that they don’t like her because she is black.?

        2. Why is it that Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
        policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then?

        3. Why are people called racist terrorist anarchist when Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist? Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

        4. Why are people called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing this not called a racist anarchist terrorist? Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

        • Brucehenry

          Really getting tiresome, man.

          • Sky__Captain

            I agree that Chico’s racism is quite tiresome.

          • Retired military

            I agree Bruce. it gets tiresome waiting on a straight answer from Chico. If I get asked a question I have no qualms about answering it. I think you would agree with that statement. Chico runs and hides like a little girl and usually uses option E. “Oh look a shiny”. He should try his own advice. After all he is the one who said “”As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better”"

            He never does this. He obfuscates, throws out straw men, distracts with shineys and flat out refuses to answer questions whose answers obviously go against his distorted view of life. I always try to live like the saying “if you want to bark with the big dogs then don’t piss with the puppies”. Chico should stop pissing with the puppies and find his balls while he is at it..

            Chico likes the attention anyway. After all if he wanted me to stop asking then he would simply answer the questions.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Not nearly as tiresome as you are.

          • Brucehenry

            Nuh-uh, YOU

          • jim_m

            If you think that is tiresome, imagin how tiresme it is to read comments from chico that basically break down into one of 4 categories.

            Tiresome is Chico making totally unfounded accusations of racism because someone does something he doesn’t agree with (typical leftist crap that is)

            Tiresome is leftist idiots like you a chico declaring that nothing has changed in the South, despite the fact that wee can demonstrate that the south is less racist than it used to be and it is significantly less democrat than it used to be. Correlation or causation? Doesn’t really matter.

          • Retired military

            Actually that is 5 categories
            a. The oligaphy
            b. Obama is bad but XXXX is wore
            c. The Joooos
            d. socialist military guy
            e. Oh look a shiny,

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Remarkably few selections for a soi disant cognoscenti.

          • Commander_Chico

            You’ve only got one:

            “soi disant”

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Answer “e” we see…

          • Commander_Chico

            It’s oligarchy, not “oligaphy.”

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            And again with “e.”

        • Commander_Chico
          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Today must be echo out day…

          • Retired military

            Your “answers” were moronic, deceptive, evasive, and fall under option E “O look a shiny”

            I will take your answer to number 1. You DONT FEEL Oprah is a racist even though she has called for the deaths of millions of whites who she feels doesn’t like her.

            A moronic answer but an answer nonetheless.

            Lets see.

            Question 2

            Why is it that Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
            policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then?

            You answered wrong. Which doesn’t fit the question at all and doesn’t address the question at all. You stated in a previous thread that people haven’t been called racist terrorists or anarchist because they simply oppose Obama’s policies. I showed you proof to the contrary. You still owe an answer. Or shall I say to take your own advice.

            .

            “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

            Question 3

            Why are people called racist terrorist anarchist when Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist? Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

            You answered the first part. You claim you don’t know. I reject that as a flat out lie. You never answered the 2nd part. It is a yes or no answer unless of course you claim that you don’t know how you feel about something. Lets look at that quote one more time.

            “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

            Question 4

            Why are people called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing this not called a racist anarchist terrorist? Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

            Again you state you don’t know. Again a total lie. ANd again you didn’t answer the 2nd part of the question.

            Lets look at that quote one more time there Chico

            “As I said before, try answering what people say, and not try to put words in others’ mouths, debate goes better” – Chico, Famed Wizbangblog poster

            So right now you still are 3 answers short. lAn improvement but still way too many Option Es in there.

    • TomInCali

      If that’s the “real story”, then there’s not much of a story. Yes, it’s rare. So?

      Ronald Reagan (Anwar Sadat in 1981)
      Bill Clinton (Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 and King Hussein of Jordan in 1999)
      George W. Bush (Pope John Paul II in 2005)