Allen B. West

Mandela vs. Thatcher? Who deserves flags at half-mast?

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We finished family Sunday dinner this evening and my wife Angela asked me a question I had to ponder. She asked, “Did we make this big a deal over the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as we are for South African President Nelson Mandela?”

I had to think about it since the “Iron Lady” passed back in April of this year. Meryl Streep did play her in a movie. So I Googled, “did America flag fly at half-mast for death of Margaret Thatcher??”

I found a site called and got the answer: “He [President Obama] did not order the flag flown at half staff for the death of Margaret Thatcher, did not attend her funeral, and did not send any high level officials to represent the United States.”

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This site also had this tidbit from Politico in April 2013: “President Barack Obama not only didn’t attend Margaret Thatcher’s April 2013 funeral, but also refused to dispatch any high-ranking members of his administration to pay respects to Britain’s Iron Lady.”

Back in June of 1991, C&C Music Factory released a nice little ditty called, “Things that make you go hmm.” — how appropriate in this case. President Obama dispatches the bust of Sir Winston Churchill and then follows it up with blatant disrespect to PM Thatcher. Not for nothing, but who do you think had a greater impact on our America in the 20th century, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher or Nelson Mandela?

Maybe in the world of progressive socialist relativism — since Meryl Streep won an Oscar for her performance as Margaret Thatcher — that’s just like flying flags at half-mast and having President Obama attend her funeral — it’s all relative ya know? No one will debate apartheid was a horrible social class system. Not a single person will dismiss Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment, but are we going just a tad bit overboard here comparatively when assessing the Obama administration and liberal media reaction to the passing of Margaret Thatcher?

Does this further reflect the liberal socialist — and Obama’s view — of the world preferring all that is anti-western civilization? Let me know what you think. Is this much ado about something too much or are you cool with this?
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