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Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    South African President Jacob Zuma addressed his nation and the world to inform us that the world has lost a true icon. Nelson Mandela, 95, passed away at his home a short while ago. While the late President's health had been in steady decline for a number of years, it is still difficult to come to terms with the fact that he is no longer with us.

    It is impossible to put into words the impact that Mandela has had on the world. He showed that peaceful resistance, even in the midst of the most terrible circumstances one could possibly imagine, is possible. He could have been bitter and call for retaliation against his and his peoples oppressors, but he insisted on a government of inclusion and reconciliation. Somehow, some way, he succeeded in bringing his people along with him.

    The world lost a true giant today. Mandela was one of those few people in this world that are bigger than life and he will be remembered for many years to come. May he rest in peace.
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    "He longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages." -Obama just now, speaking to nation about Mandela's passing.

    Well said, Sir.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for loves comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." -- Nelson Mandela autobiography, a Long Walk to Freedom

    I think these words reflect Nelson Mandela's life.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Probably the most admired and respected political figure of our lifetimes, maybe ever.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    I did follow the news and all the hype. One thing caught my attention; the story about "Robben Island" on how bad it was for him and others.
    So wake up hypocrite news reporters; we have our own Robben Island; Guatanamo Bay!! Wow! we keep prisoners there for more than 12 years, who are not even officially accused of anything, water board them torture them etc, because they are "muslim" and had "intentions" to do something. Most of them had no say in the whole 9/11 happening. So what is the difference being of "black" or a "muslim" or being in held in Africa ?

    Thus what did we learn from Mandela's imprisonement? Nothing I guess; we can win a nobel price in hypocracy for sure.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    Nelson Mandela, a great man, humanitarian and leader of nations had a deplorable life in prison, but angels were watching over him. Nelson Mandela was very special. The previous posting brought up the prison camps. One where Mandela was held and comparing to America's Gitmo. Not the same in my understanding, however if you were to bring up North Korea's large prison camp, now your making a better comparison. Latest news I recently heard was 250,000 are being held as political prisoners. I'm sure there are criminal types, but I bet there are several Mandela type's imprisoned there. I hope and pray one day that humanity will be visiting this North Korea prison as part of tracking history of a country that imposed inhuman treatment of people. Gitmo will turn into a Cuba civilian prison or CIA training ground. There are mostly some real bad people there. Of course, I recommend that American courts should have the ability to make trial for all of the prisoners. Gitmo won't get the travel tourist like the NAZI prisons in Europe, Alcatraz, and the American Civil War prison encampments.
  • Independent
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: Nelson Mandela, a great man, humanitarian and leader of nations had a deplorable life in prison, but angels were watching over him. Nelson Mandela was very special. The previous posting brought up the prison camps. One where Mandela was held and comparing to America's Gitmo. Not the same in my understanding, however if you were to bring up North Korea's large prison camp, now your making a better comparison. Latest news I recently heard was 250,000 are being held as political prisoners. I'm sure there are criminal types, but I bet there are several Mandela type's imprisoned there. I hope and pray one day that humanity will be visiting this North Korea prison as part of tracking history of a country that imposed inhuman treatment of people. Gitmo will turn into a Cuba civilian prison or CIA training ground. There are mostly some real bad people there. Of course, I recommend that American courts should have the ability to make trial for all of the prisoners. Gitmo won't get the travel tourist like the NAZI prisons in Europe, Alcatraz, and the American Civil War prison encampments.
    Typical, the whole world is bad except America; point fingers everywhere; yes you are also one of the hypocrites. Your own backyard is Holy do not touch it. Love the CIA, the military, the Pentagon, the NSA, just approve everything they do and close your eyes,
  • Liberal
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    The Germans thought they were God's chosen people till they lost the war. Is the USA next?

    The typical USA citizen actually believes that we live in the cleanest, safest, wealthiest, most educated country in the world. Thanks to being the worlds bully we are also the most scorned and looked down upon. People have absolutely no idea how or why the rest of the world looks down on us they do because of our arrogance and meddling in other countries affairs.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    pr Wrote: The Germans thought they were God's chosen people till they lost the war. Is the USA next?

    The typical USA citizen actually believes that we live in the cleanest, safest, wealthiest, most educated country in the world. Thanks to being the worlds bully we are also the most scorned and looked down upon. People have absolutely no idea how or why the rest of the world looks down on us they do because of our arrogance and meddling in other countries affairs.
    Absolutely right; people here are brainwashed by the media and the government in believing: "this keeps America safe" . Sorry to say it does not.

    Question: Did the 6000 plus soldiers we lost in Iraq, made any difference in the safety at home (the US) ? What about Mandela or Martin Luther King; did they have any influence at all in our daily lives? I doubt it. We are still battling minimum wages; antique transportation systems ; awful water (storm's, rivers, flooding etc) management; for the poor awful housing; the enormous "gap" between rich and poor; the huge debt we have so the government then tries to increase the fees on the airports and add additional tax to our already steep gas prices etc. instead of cutting back on idiotic Pentagon expenditures. Sorry to say as statistics point out we are in ranking of "living standards" about on the 37th place in the world. (not counting the super rich!!) Furthermore there are right now more and more personal freedoms being attacked; like the overdone screening on airports (remember the time you could bring your friends/family all the way to the gate). Then the snooping of the NSA etc. Sorry to say the "media" is very controlled here, so plenty of people who have lived here all their lives, do not know anything else, therefore are actually indoctrinated. The same accounts for the "army" hype; do'nt ever say anything bad about the army. I see it on their (tax payer paid) add's! " Army strong" fantastic career; join now. Nothing at all said about then becoming a "slave" (what Mandela fought) of the "whatever" Washington wants to fight.

    Therefore wake up America, before we all become "Detroits"; a bunch of medals and colorful ribbons on your chest does not help this society; the contrary is true we not any safer due to those medals. There are more "terrorists" than ever who hate our guts even more after our actions worldwide.
    So lets built some more "drones" and hand out more medals, that will save America and create better living standards and infrastructure!! Shaking my old head!!
  • Other Party
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    Dutch you forgot one thing:

    America has the best politicians that money can buy. So we have that going for us.

    Life is good for them, and they don't care about anything except taking care of themselves.
  • Democrat
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    Of all things Limbaugh can talk about it is this trash from his garbage of a mouth. While searching the radio channels, I came upon Rush's radio talk show. He began talking about Nelson Mandela and I assume he was going to say something good about the humanitarian, but..............

    Rush was attempting to cause dispute and diminish Mandela for his 27 years in prison by saying over and over that Nelson Mandela ,"only needed to denounce terrorism" and he would have been let go. He repeated several times that Mandela only had to denounce terrorism. Of course, Mandela did not, thus spending 27 years in prison. Does anybody see where Rush is going with this? It was clear to me that Rush was preaching to the public about Mandela being a terrorist himself and that since Mandela did not denounce terrorism, he must support it.

    Rush must think his listeners are ignorant. Because most of Rush's avid listeners do believe him, he successfully spoiled the world's sorrow in a great man's life. Nelson Mandela is thousand times the man Rush will ever be. Rush is a fat evil lizard of a human being.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    President Mandela's memorial service will be held early tomorrow morning at 4 am EST. For those night owls or early risers--All major channels will be airing it live.
  • Independent
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    jaredsxtn Wrote: President Mandela's memorial service will be held early tomorrow morning at 4 am EST. For those night owls or early risers--All major channels will be airing it live.
    Yeah, our leaders will be there; the tax payers will pay for the trip in the old huge fuel guzzling 747; my guess this trip will have cost at least a quarter of a million; I guess my funeral will cost: one match stick and some dried wood sticks.!!

    But after the funeral, America will continue as usual and forget the guy; may be once in while someone will drag his words out of some dusty documents and quote it for political gain, we will never learn from the past, that is a given.
  • Democrat
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    Depending on the outcome of the conflict, one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter!
  • Independent
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    johnnycee Wrote: Depending on the outcome of the conflict, one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter!
    "what conflict"? It is a funeral; so who is fighting around the coffin?