Because it's only for Americans, he says
By Neal Colgrass,
(Newser) – A sheriff in South Carolina has shrugged off orders from President Obama and refused to fly his office's flag at half-mast to honor Nelson Mandela, the Greenville News reports. "The flag at half-staff is for Americans’ ultimate sacrifice for our country," said Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark. "We should never stray away from that." Clark did fly his flag at half-staff during the day yesterday to honor an area law enforcement officer who died at Pearl Harbor, but planned to raise the flag again overnight. WIS-TV reports that Clark made his announcement on Facebook, saying:
- "Nelson Mandela did great things for his country and was a brave man but he was not an AMERICAN!!! The flag should be lowered at our Embassy in S. Africa, but not here."