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Remembering Nelson Mandela; The American Political Right’s Reaction

Nelson MandelaFriends,

I can’t tell you how very disgusted I have been with the sheer amount of vitriol directed towards former president of South Africa & freedom fighter Nelson Mandela by the American political right, immediately following his death. Let me say that I have no problem with objective criticism of his political philosophy at one time in his life & I find some things he advocated fallacious or morally wrong as well, but Nelson Mandela was no “terrorist” nor was he an Idi Amin as some are attempting to portray him as. I want to share the comments & the sharing of Newt Gingrich’s very poignant blog from Steven (which is where I saw it first) of a very good friend & mentor of mine Steven Barnes, a New York Times bestselling writer, screenplay writer, life coach & I could go on. I also want to recognize those few on the right who have stood up to the criticism of Mandela as well – Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved & Newt Gingrich have all spoken out in reverence for him & expressed their condolences. Here is what Steven had to say & I concur:

“I find the venom against Mandela on the day of his passing to be indicative of a total emotional disconnect, an inability to extend humanity to others. When even Newt Gingrich agrees, you know there is a problem.”- Steven Barnes
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“Yesterday I issued a heartfelt and personal statement about the passing of President Nelson Mandela. I said that his family and his country would be in my prayers and Callista’s prayers.

I was surprised by the hostility and vehemence of some of the people who reacted to me saying a kind word about a unique historic figure.

So let me say to those conservatives who don’t want to honor Nelson Mandela, what would you have done?

Mandela was faced with a vicious apartheid regime that eliminated all rights for blacks and gave them no hope for the future. This was a regime which used secret police, prisons and military force to crush all efforts at seeking freedom by blacks.

What would you have done faced with that crushing government?

What would you do here in America if you had that kind of oppression?

Some of the people who are most opposed to oppression from Washington attack Mandela when he was opposed to oppression in his own country.

After years of preaching non-violence, using the political system, making his case as a defendant in court, Mandela resorted to violence against a government that was ruthless and violent in its suppression of free speech.

As Americans we celebrate the farmers at Lexington and Concord who used force to oppose British tyranny. We praise George Washington for spending eight years in the field fighting the British Army’s dictatorial assault on our freedom.

Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Thomas Jefferson wrote and the Continental Congress adopted that “all men are created equal, and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Doesn’t this apply to Nelson Mandela and his people?

Some conservatives say, ah, but he was a communist.

Actually Mandela was raised in a Methodist school, was a devout Christian, turned to communism in desperation only after South Africa was taken over by an extraordinarily racist government determined to eliminate all rights for blacks.

I would ask of his critics: where were some of these conservatives as allies against tyranny? Where were the masses of conservatives opposing Apartheid? In a desperate struggle against an overpowering government, you accept the allies you have just as Washington was grateful for a French monarchy helping him defeat the British.

Finally, if you had been imprisoned for 27 years, 18 of them in a cell eight foot by seven foot, how do you think you would have emerged? Would you have been angry? Would you have been bitter?
— Newt Gingrich

I salute, honor & revere the hero that Nelson Mandela was and my prayers & condolences go out to his family & the people of South Africa who are mourning him. I also salute the few conservatives who have the decency & courage to speak honestly about Nelson Mandela in spite of the vitriol & disrespect coming from their followers. Until next time…..Talitha McEachin

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Posted by on December 8, 2013 in Featured Guest blogs, In The News, Politics

 

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Politics At Work…

Greetings Everyone!

I pray that all is well. I have been working hard on my fictional writing as well as literally – I got a seasonal part-time job this year to earn extra money for my book publication costs. Thanks again so much to those of you who generously donated to my Indiegogo campaign for the editing/publication costs for my first novel, The Elements, which will be released as an e-book in March 2013! I recent purchased the domain name for my website so please note that the new website is http://www.theelementsbooks.com! Okay….back to business. This is just a brief post regarding a conversation I had tonight at work with many regarding…..(drumroll)..Obama vs Romney….(it’s informal ya’ll – hey, I’m a Southerner!)

Now, I normally don’t discuss politics at work but today a young brother said, “Have you voted for Obama yet?”. Note the language. He didn’t ask if I had voted yet, just whether or not I had voted for Obama yet. So I told him that I won’t be voting for Obama. There were several other people standing around and they all were like “Huh? What? Wow?” They asked why & I explained. When I started explaining more & more started gathering around & listening. It literally became “Ask Talitha” night. They had ALL sorts of questions for me about specific issues – most of the questions were about Obamacare to be honest & they all wanted to know WHY I was supporting Mitt Romney.

80% of them said that they had never met a black Conservative/Republican and that they really appreciated the fact that I answered their questions immediately & in great detail. I must have answered about 70-80 questions – literally. I didn’t lie to them & told them that although Romney was not my top pick I still support him because social issues aside, IMO he will best handle the economic issues. I really had to educate many on the growing debt. I am shocked that there were not more questions about that. One black woman came up to me later & said that she really appreciated all that I shared because she was a Democrat but didn’t support Obama but was afraid to share that. She spoke with me at length about the history of the Democratic party & the GOP as well. She said “You are so bold!”

Needless to say, tonight was a very interesting & wonderful night. I don’t know how many minds I changed, but I know I got them to think hard about the issues & their level of involvement in the politics in general. I explained why we all must get involved in local politics as well. A few said to me “Obama is trying – the Republicans won’t pass his bills.” You all that know me & follow know I quickly debunked that statement. Several told me they were going to do a “fact check” on me & get back to me tomorrow. I told them….”by all means….don’t believe me outright, do your homework”. Why? because somehow, we have got to shift the mindset of the voting public to one of blind apathy or “following” to one of “fact-checking” of our leaders. Folks, this is the REAL “Hope & Change” – ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!!!!

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2012 in Politics

 

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Thomas Sowell: The Paul Ryan Choice

Thomas Sowell: The Paul Ryan Choice

Friends, this is from townhall.com, which is an excellent source of conservative editorials. If you are not subscribed to their blogs now please do so asap! Thomas Sowell knocks it out of the park yet again, so of course, with the election soon approaching I had to share with my readers:

“Governor Mitt Romney’s choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate is one of those decisions that seem obvious — if not inevitable — in retrospect, even though it was by no means obvious to most of us beforehand.

Anyone who wants to get a quick sense of who Paul Ryan is should watch a short video of a February 2010 meeting in which Congressman Ryan politely, but devastatingly, “schools” Barack Obama on the utter fraudulence of the statistics that the Obama administration was using to claim that ObamaCare would reduce the deficit. That video is available on the Drudge Report.

As a long-time member, and now chairman, of the Budget Committee in the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan is thoroughly familiar with both the facts and the fictions in the federal government’s budget. In recent years, the fictions have grown much bigger than the facts. But, as Congressman Ryan reminded the president, hiding spending is not the same as reducing spending.

If this year’s election is going to be decided on the basis of hard facts, the Obama administration is doomed. But the Obama campaign is well aware of that, which is why we are hearing so many distracting innuendoes and outright lies about such peripheral issues as what Mitt Romney is supposed to have done while running Bain Capital — or even what is supposed to have happened at Bain Capital, years after Mitt Romney was long gone.” To continue reading click here.

 

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Featured Guest blogs

 

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