Another Reason Why Christmas Need Have No Fear.

11 Dec

I like to think that I’m up on current events but I was shocked and surprised to read  that the much revered and beloved Nelson Mandela, who passed away this week, was on The United States terrorist watch list from 1986 until 2008!

This human rights icon, remained on the U.S. terrorism watch list until 2008, when then-President George W. Bush (of all people) finally signed a bill, approved by Congress, and removing him from the list.

South Africa’s apartheid regime designated Mr. Mandela’s African National Congress as a terrorist organization for its battle against the nation’s legalized system of racial segregation that lasted from 1948 to 1994. Soon after then U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher followed suit by describing the ANC as a typical terrorist organization and then our own President Ronald Reagan agreed!

 

And then again In 1986, our very own beloved statesman, Dick Cheney, then a U.S. congressman, voted along with 179 other members of the House against a non-binding resolution to recognize the ANC and call on the South African government to release Mandela from prison. The measure finally passed however, (whew!) …but not before a veto attempt by President Reagan!

 

And 14 years later, In 2000, soon to be Vice-President Cheney still maintained that he’d cast the correct vote!

So what does all this have to do with Christmas?

Well, I think that our much beloved traditions surrounding Christmas and its celebration here in the United States can survive any amount of “Happy Holiday” greetings that we the people can dish out to one another for quite sometime and well into the future because…

if the country that made slavery a household word and had to fight a 4 year long civil war because it couldn’t think of any other way to abolish the heinous institution yet then a full 6 score and 1 years later saw the African National Congress and its leader fighting against the inhumane policies of Apartheid in South Africa as a “typical terrorist organization” and continued to list that leader as a terrorist for another 1 score of years, then…

I think that it is safe to say that old traditions die very very hard here in the land of Christian love and tolerance and that Christmas and our Christmas traditions will have to be dragged out of our cold dead hands…so to speak…before we will ever let them go.

So children of America have no fear to spread the Merry Christmas cheer…although I have heard it said, that whenever Dick Cheney smiles…an angel loses its wings.

9 Responses to “Another Reason Why Christmas Need Have No Fear.”

  1. Dave Weintraub December 11, 2013 at 4:29 am #

    today’s was excellent! Keep up the good fight.

  2. jim belli December 11, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    My understanding is that prior to his imprisonment, Mandela was pro extreme measures, thus the terrorist classification. Stating that Reagan sided with Thatcher isn’t an insult, more so a dig promoted by the liberal media. I respect how Mandela brought his Nation together through forgiveness and example, but to slander a beloved President of the United States is wrong and uncalled for.

    • gpicone December 14, 2013 at 5:00 am #

      How did I slander President Reagan??? He vetoed a bill that would have taken Nelson Mandela off of the terrorist watch list after his administration had placed him on it! Was Mandela a terrorist? Please explain. President Reagen also negotiated with terrorists when he sold arms for hostages in Iran did he not? And he also re routed the money to illegally fund an anti-government organization in Nicaragua. Or was he duped by his administration without his knowledge? Is that why he is much beloved today?

  3. I can’t help myself. Just because someone is elected to public office does not make them a saint. It’s been a very long time since we’ve had a beloved president. I’d certainly mark the time sometime before either of the two Bush men stepped into the White House.
    Proof of doing anything for a photo-op was apparent today at Mandala’s service.

  4. Ingrid D. December 11, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    I didn’t know that Mandela had been on that terrorist list… Meanwhile, the Belgian media are having fun with the “selfie” of Barack Obama; apparently that’s a lot more important…

  5. tric December 11, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    As we grew up my mom often gave out to us saying “Children would have more sense”. On this occasion she would be right.

  6. Harold Knight December 11, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    It’s interesting to think how people such as leaders of the Palestinian resistance will be viewed 50 years from now. Those who believe anyone who fights for freedom in any way contrary to “U.S. interests” are the enemy will still believe them to be “terrorists” while those who understand resistance to tyranny will honor them.

  7. shunpwrites December 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    You’ve hit the nail on the head again my friend! I’m glad that you’ve penned this because I have been feeling jaded on Christmas and the holiday season as a whole lately… I can’t place when it turned into a contrived, commercialized free for all for retailers. But, truth be told it is pretty damn disgusting!

  8. TamrahJo January 7, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    Only difference between a rebel/terrorist and hero is the passage of time and which side wins – – –
    Did you really think Thatcher wouldn’t put him on the list? Dollars to Donuts Washington, Adams (both of ’em), Hancock, Franklin, etc., are STILL on their list – – – LOL

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