Book in a Year #224

Nelson MandelaI know with the recent casting of Wonder Woman in the next Superman movie happening… and then the first official trailer for Amazing Spider-Man 2 coming out… and a half dozen other things that are of major importance to the maintenance of a free world, it’s easy to miss smaller stories that happen somewhere else.

Of course, on occasion, even things that happen in other places make it into the news.  So in all likelihood you have seen this.

South Africa’s Nelson Mandela dies in Johannesburg.

Being that this IS something that happened somewhere else, and that I likely have readers who have no idea of the history of the man, I’d encourage you to check something the BBC put together here, about Mandela’s life.

Now when someone like Mandela dies, it has an impact, and in the world of politics this is just the kind of event one can hitch a name to and gain some exposure from.

Whether it’s appropriate or not.

So I wasn’t at all surprised to see things like this….

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….popping up on my Facebook wall today.  

This is just one example, and I’ve seen variations on a theme, usually aimed at right wing politicos, both here in the U.S. and back in the U.K.

That kind of political hay-making is tacky.  It is hypocritical.  It’s even out right obnoxious.

But I would suggest that anyone who feels the urge to lay down some righteous fury at those who are exploiting this situation; aiming hate and vitriol where it might well be deserved.  I’d suggest those people consider the example of Mandela himself.  Are you behaving in a manner that personifies the person you’re attempting to honor?

I’m not defending the political hacks who will doubtlessly say whatever they feel portrays them in the best light to achieve their personal ambitions, merely trying to value a better example.

Just a thought.