Of course, for them, this is nothing new. Their hatred of the man runs deep.
I suppose that all of this worldwide adulation and love for Mandela is making their heads explode.
The truth is a beautiful thing. Everybody except the willfully ignorant can see it.
They (the right) have labeled him a racist, a terrorist, and called him every vile name in the book. (Heck, by that definition George Washington was a terrorist, and I think that most Brits would agree with that label.) Just check out any right wing blog and go to their comments section and you will see what I am talking about. They even turned on one of their own when he tried to be gracious. Poor Ted Cruz.
One of their leading voices couldn't say one nice word about the man without repeatedly declaring that he is a "Communist" at every turn. (Mr. O'Reilly should read more, and try to learn about people like Joe Slovo; a real Communist.) Forgetting, of course, that the ANC was not a Communist organization, but at the height of their struggle for equality in their homeland, regimes in the West sided with their oppressors. Who were they going to turn to? America? Please!
This was the pattern in Africa. Poor people who were oppressed turned to an ideology that gave them hope. That was Communism, not capitalism, because capitalism represented their oppressors. That is the system of government that countries with monetary and geopolitical investments in these countries wanted to protect.
So even if Mandela was a Communist who could blame him? America and her allies had no interest in changing course in South Africa. They were fine with business as usual. Even if business meant brutal attacks and the slaughter of innocent people.
Here in America, thanks to Ronald Reagan, Brother Mandela and the ANC were labeled terrorist, and Mandela was put on a terrorist watch list until 2008.
Imagine that. While he met with President George H. Bush in the White House in 1990; he was a terrorist. ("Secret Service, keep an eye on that old man who just spent 27 years in prison. He might be up to something.")
Anyway, fortunately there are more people of good conscience in the world than bad ones. And Nelson Mandela's true character was revealed for the entire world to see when he was alive.
"Mandela has long espoused the way of reconciliation and called for there to be no racial violence in retribution for apartheid.
In transitioning from the segregationist regime to a non-racial democracy, he partnered closely with his white predecessor, former President Frederik Willem de Klerk, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with him.
At a sports match in 1995, as President, Mandela made a gesture of support to white South Africans that drew gasps.
Rugby was the dominant sport of white South Africans of Dutch heritage -- Afrikaners -- and was reviled by blacks.
During a world championship match against New Zealand, Mandela walked onto the pitch wearing the jersey of his team's captain. The scene inspired the 2009 Hollywood movie "Invictus" directed by Clint Eastwood.
The crowd began chanting his name. They were almost all white."
Yes, but they were not right wing American, whites.