UPDATED: South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag To Honor Mandela

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  • Rick Clark, the sheriff of Pickens County, South Carolina, is refusing to lower the flag to half-staff to honor the life of Nelson Mandela, publicly defying the orders of President Barack Obama.

    After Mandela died on December 5 at the age of 95-years-old, Obama issued a declaration ordering all U.S. flags—from the White House to government buildings and military outposts—to be flown at half-staff through sunset on Monday, December 9.  A rare honor for a foreign dignitary that Clark doesn’t feel Madiba deserves.

    Despite all that Mandela did for global peace and democracy, because he wasn’t America, Clark feels that only South Africa should honor him and posted the following on his Facebook page:

    Rick Clark

    After one commenter repeatedly posted that President Obama had the right to order the flags lowered, Clark responded with the following:

    If you will read Title 4 of the US Flag code it is not an “enforceable law” with penalties. “The Code is designed “for the use of such civilian groups or

    organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations promulgated by one

    or more executive departments” of the federal government.3 Thus, the Flag Code

    does not prescribe any penalties for non-compliance nor does it include enforcement

    provisions; rather the Code functions simply as a guide to be voluntarily followed by

    civilians and civilian groups.” Further more, “The Federal Flag Code does not purport to cover all possible situations.

    Although the Code empowers the President of the United States to alter, modify,

    repeal, or prescribe additional rules regarding the flag,4 no federal agency has the

    authority to issue “official” rulings legally binding on civilians or civilian groups.” Before you try to portray me as a “law breaker” understand the law, codes, and civil law. There is a big difference between “RULES” and the Law and you should know that before you accuse me of behavior that I took an oath to uphold the Constitution!

    And supporters cheered him on and voiced pride in his patriotism. At least two said that Obama and Mandela were both from Africa, so that’s why he ordered the flags lowered.

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    4 thoughts on “UPDATED: South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag To Honor Mandela

    1. 500+years from now people will still know and speak of Mandela, they will do so with pride, honor affection and respect, because as it was said “he is a man for the ages” and now belongs to history.
      Five minutes after this cornball, ignorant individual had passed on know one other than a family member, will know or even remember his name or what he look liked.

    2. A Hick town sheriff with obvious narrowminded ideas. No respect for the commander in cheif, elected by amajority. I guess if the good sheriff was being attacked by a foreign power he would want the full weight of the federal government to bail him ot. People are just haters.

    3. Let’s face it. If president Obama said that the sun rose in the east and set in the west, people like this man would disagree .

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