Friday, December 6, 2013

GOP mourns Mandela quietly omitting Reagan/Cheney supported Apartheid


The Republican National Committee released a statement on
"On behalf of the Republican Party, I send our deepest sympathies to the Mandela family and to the people of South Africa on the passing of former President Nelson Mandela,” said Chairman Priebus. “The world will always remember the legacy of the man who dedicated his life to freedom and equality.

“An oppressive government, 27 years in prison, and a divided nation – none destroyed his determination to see a more just world. His legacy is defined by doing what others declared impossible, most notably fighting the evil of apartheid and beginning the healing of a nation.”

However, there was no mention about how President Ronald Reagan and conservative Republicans supported apartheid in South Africa and opposed Mandela being freed from a jail cell where he spent 27 years of his life.

Likewise, there was no mention of how the Right despised Mandela in The Christian Post's article about Mandela's death.

According to, in 1986, Sen. Jesse Helms (R–NC), Strom Thurmond (R–SC) Phil Gramm (R–Texas) and Rep. Dick Cheney (R–Wyo.) all opposed the Anti-Apartheid Act, which condemned South Africa for its institutional racism, put in place economic sanctions and called for freeing Mandela and other political prisoners.

Even though the Anti-Apartheid Act passed Congress, President Reagan vetoed it and claimed sanctions would hurt black South Africans, whom he also blamed for violence in the country.

Congress overrode President Reagan's veto in 1986, noted The New York Times. Only three years later South Africa would dismantle apartheid because of economic sanctions by the US (and other countries) and release Mandela.

In 2000, Dick Cheney defended his 1986 vote against stopping apartheid with economic sanctions,
Yet Republican vice presidential candidate Cheney still et Republican vice presidential candidate Cheney still defends his vote, saying on ABC's This Week' that "The ANC was then viewed as a terrorist organization... I don't have any problems at all with the vote I cast 20 years ago.'"

However, Mandela and the African National Congress were only viewed as terrorists by the racist South Africa regime, President Reagan who added the ANC to the US terrorism watch list, conservative Republicans like Cheney and ministers on the Religious Right.

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