Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10 2013 2:25 p.m. MST
What does Mandela have to do with the Republican Party? Oh, I get it. It's
the old news media agenda masked as a story to instruct the low-information
crowd. It's simple: the Left=good; the Right=hate. Got it. Commie koolaid.
What the... is this guy talking about?
Not when a decent number of conservatives consider Mandela some commie terrorist
(the comments on Sen. Lee's facebook post honoring Mandela are rather
Considering that some of the DN's commenters have asserted that there was
nothing wrong with apartheid, I fear that holding up Mandela as an example to
emulate is wasted effort.
@mapledonOh, I get it. It's the old evil news media attacking the
poor innocent and defenseless GOP again. Your comment once again serves as proof
that when Romany was talking about the 47% he was talking about the victim state
of mind of the GOP.
The tea party legacy, it passed recently too. See new budget deal.
What the heck does Mendela have to do with the GOP? I think Mendela's
influence on the GOP is about as strong as whichever team wins the Super Bowl
will have influence over the GOP. revive the GOP? I don't think
that's very likely. Especially since the majority of the GOP refuses to
even acknowledge that they're dead. We all see how dead they
are. How they're rotting in the polls and have lost just about everyone
except for old white evangelicals. Unfortunately, the GOP's leadership has
yet to acknowledge this.
The real question us can Mandela's legacy teach anything the to the
entrenched and uncompromising democrat party and the extreme left?
Mandela refused to embrace hate.Obama has said "Republicans can
come along for the ride but they'll have to sit at the back of the
bus".And Obama said we will punish our enemies. Sounds to me like Obama is similar to Mandela...er.
Did anyone read the article before commenting?"Can
Mandela's legendary eschewing of the politics of hate teach anything to
Washington partisans who play politics with a vengeance? Can Mandela's
lesson properly shame Washington politicians who gleefully scheme to make their
opponents fail - even when this willful failure delays America's pursuit of
prosperity? For years, we have witnessed Washington's decent to its de
facto status of Hate City - and yet we, as citizens, put up with it. We watch
politicos peacock around in our living rooms, on our screens. Then we re-elect
our own senators and representatives - and complain everyone else's."
"Martin Schram writes political analysis for Scripps Howard News
Service."-----------------And, like most others in
the mainstream media, he writes with a distinctly leftward leaning.Too bad. Despite the biased headline, when I started reading the article it
appeared his approach might actually include Democrats among those who could
learn necessary lessons from the conciliatory actions of Nelson Mandela. But,
too soon and too predictably, it concluded with the familiar one-sided
determination that it is only Republicans who need tutoring.I'm
neither a Democrat nor a Republican and have voted for candidates from both
parties. One of the biggest reasons I've never joined either party is
because of the tendency toward greater partisanship than citizenship shown by
too many of their members. In other words, there are too many in both parties
that need to learn from Mandela's statesmanship.Based on this
article, I'd say Schram needs to study Mandela a bit more too.
"Washington politicians who gleefully scheme to make their opponents fail -
even when this willful failure delays America's pursuit of
prosperity?"This sums up our countries political problems in a
nutshell. Our parties, and a big chunk of the electorate put party over
country. Until that changes, our country will flounder.
Yep.Today's American GOP can learn something from the now
defunct Apartheid, white-man ruled, uber-conservative South Africa -- and
the election of the left-leaning, Nelson Mandela as South Africa's 1st
black President.Wake-up.History will once again prove you have
TruthseekerYou probably are on to something, because as long as this
idea is applied to BOTH political parties, then something can be said for change
in D.C. The trouble is, I think most of the change needs to come from the
Democrats, who for instance have just recently changes the rules in the Senate
for their own needs. And I think the Democrats have many more "bomb
throwers" in both office and the media. That, in my opinin is the source of
much anger and lack of cooperation in D.C. I'm sure you would say just the
opposite of me.
Mandela was a communist. He did engage in violence. Terriorist or freedom
fighter? Your point of view. He also helped bring some equality and justice to
millions in Africa. His wife Winnie was said to have done some pretty bad
things. But we should leave her out of this because it is about him. Mandela
was, like every other leader, a person who had both good and bad in his life.
27 years in prison was a long time. And he did not come out bitter, but
forgiving from what I've understood. Strong character in that. And it
should be remembered that it was also the white minority who had the power in
South Africa, and they in the end allowed change to happen without a lot of
bloodshed, which they could have caused. I just wish the rest of the despotic
leaders on the African continent would be equally peaceful in allowing more
rights and freedom to their people. Instead we have the a lot of leaders there
who are not taking the Mandela approach.
“He seems like a decent enough fellow, but there’s something about
that Mandela guy I just don’t like. He reminds of the guy in the White
House – both left of me but not nearly as left as other I admire or at
least don’t hate (e.g., FDR, Eisenhower, Clinton). I can’t quite put
my finger on it, but when I look at Mandela and our current president I just
seethe.”Subconsciously (or not) thought many on the far-right
over the last 5 days (years).
Revive the GOP? Is this for real?The GOP supported everything Mandela
fought. The GOP in the US supported Apartheid. How does this paper have
credibility with these sorts of articles?
Yes Ernest the US did not condemn South Africa for Apartheid, but then it was
Woodrow Wilson a Democrat that segregated the U.S. military and Washington D.C.,
he supported separate but equal. Democrats were the hold outs on the Civil
Rights legislation that started in the fifties. The Democrats were part of the
government also. Don't recall them as a party standing up against
Apartheid. But if you say it long enough you will get the uninformed to believe
what you say. Of course Mandela was arrested for his group being in possession
of a large number of anti - personnel mines and other explosives. His stay in
prison could have been shorter if he had denounced his groups terrorist actions.
And has any of his work actually improved the economic conditions in South
Africa? I listened to a black South African on the radio yesterday say
conditions are no better now for the mainstream black than they were under
Apartheid. So now Obama got his shining selfie moment, the left has their black
Che, and its time to address the problems for real.
Why would we want the GOP to follow his example? He was a revolutionary and that
can be good, but he was responsible for countless deaths in his violent
approach. I don't get it.
What is with the GOP and their fantasy world of trying to associate with great
leaders?Abrahma Lincoln was an R, but he was a Liberal
Progressive.Ronald Reagan was an R, but he would today be considered a
RINO.Nelson Mandela was a Socialist/Communist -- and days ago
Tea-Party darling neo-con Senator Mike Lee calls him "a champion for liberty
and justice, and one of the great heroes of our age."Nelson
Mandela fought against EVERYTHING the GOP stands for today.So, the only
way Madela can revive the GOP is for the GOP to listen to their own advice and
stop being the Party of Stupid.
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