December 10, 2013
Top 5 Was Barack Hussein Obama Is No Nelson Mandela By Any Stretch Of ImaginationTopics: Political News and commentaries
I meant to put this up several days ago but never got around to it. But it seems all the more pertinent today anyway, given that Obama is in South Africa a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/12/10/mandela-memorial-service/3948525/"target=_blank"">eulogizing Mandela as a 'great liberator' and comparing him to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln ... none of whom cozied up to murderous, communist, dictators.
Joel Pollak aptly noted on December 6 at Breitbart that any he comparison between Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela is so crude as to be laughable, but given the mainstream media's immediate linkage of the two, and President Barack Obama's insistence on talking about himself in his eulogy for Nelson Mandela, it must be said: Barack Obama is no Nelson Mandela ... beginning with the fact that their societies are very different -- the U.S. bears no resemblance to post-apartheid South Africa. For another, Mandela chose to govern differently from Obama in many key respects.:
1. Mandela was a uniter, Obama is a divider. Mandela was not above playing racial politics at times, but generally did all he could to bring people together, in both real and symbolic ways. He famously donned the Springbok rugby jersey, once a symbol hated by blacks, to show solidarity with whites. Mandela left South Africa more united than when he took office. Obama will leave the U.S. more divided than when he began.However, as Pollak goes on to point out, Mandela and Obama do share some failings common to most leftist leaders. Mandela passed labor laws that the unions loved but which held back job creation (just as has been the case with Obama). Mandela tried to offer "free" housing and a "right" to health care, and the result was poor housing and the spread of HIV/Aids. Like Obama, Mandela had a soft spot for the tyrants of the world, including Fidel Castro and Yasser Arafat, who had supported Mandela's banned movement in exile. Yet the contrast is striking. Mandela could have been an inspirational, radical, but instead chose to be a statesman, dropping revolution for reconciliation. Obama will endure as a historical figure but not as a great president. At almost every turn, Obama has chosen to pursue failed and outdated ideologies instead of seizing the opportunity to restore America's potential.
2. Mandela obeyed the constitution and the courts, Obama flouts both. Mandela not only signed a constitution that guaranteed individual rights and constraints on state power, but made an impressive show of subjecting his administration to the will of the courts. Obama, by contrast, is "becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid," ignoring court rulings and greatly expanding his executive powers.
3. Mandela was fiscally responsible, Obama is profligate. Mandela's administration adopted a policy of macroeconomic stability in 1995, putting sound budgets and economic growth before redistribution, resisting massive internal pressure to spend liberally on the poor. Obama, by contrast, has expanded the national debt massively, with little to show for it in either terms of economic growth or addressing economic inequality.
4. Mandela reached out to the opposition, Obama ignores them. Mandela fought pitched political battles, first with F. W. de Klerk's National Party and then with Tony Leon's centrist Democratic Party (now the Democratic Alliance under Helen Zille). Yet he reached out constantly to his opponents and met frequently with them. Obama, however, barely bothers to consult his opponents and makes a point of marginalizing them.
5. Mandela was humble, Obama is arrogant. South Africans share stories of seeing Mandela walking down the highway on his daily exercise, or being greeted warmly by him as if by an old friend. He was a larger-than-life figure who was self-effacing, if dignified, in his bearing. Obama, however, built himself a fake Greek temple and refers to himself constantly, elevating himself crudely above the nation he was elected to lead.
So when you get through the BS being spun by the mainstream media, the ONLY real comparison between Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela is that both men are black ... all other attempts to compare them is more than a stretch ... it's downright, knee-slapping, laughable.
In the 'one more thing' department, Only in the convoluted, way far left minds of the mainstream media and Barack Obama could Mandela be compared to Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln. Nelson Mandela was leaps and bounds above Barack Obama, a failed president, in essentially every positive attribute a political leader could have ... but to be perfectly clear ... Barack Obama is NO Nelson Mandela, and Nelson Mandela is NO Gandhi, Martin Luther King, or Abrqaham Lincoln.
Posted by Hyscience at December 10, 2013 9:49 AM
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