Before ANYONE gets started, just know that I DO think Nelson Mandela is an incredible person. He conquered so much, did not remain bitter (as I would have been) after years in jail and still rose to the top. He was a force to be reckoned with in terms of doing what was right and still maintaining his composure. Obama asked the country to have the flag flown at have mast today to honor him. He was not part of this country, but he was still an amazing man- and that I can agree with.
I also want to be incredibly clear here: I HATE POLITICS. I am not stating who I voted for here or any political affiliation. I am just expression an opinion of general disgust. You'll see why.
Now let's flash over to the United States where we have Chris Kyle, an incredible U.S. Navy Seal (you can read more about him and the work he did here:
http://heroesproject.org/chris-kyle-u-s-navy-seal-chief-seal-team-3/) not only served his country, but volunteered to help soldiers returning from war to try and adjust back into the civilian world. Often times these men and women had PTSD or "viewable traumas" as I refer to them where they had missing limbs or other physical damage from war.
Chris Kyle continued to serve even AFTER he had already served his country. Yet, Obama did NOT have the flags flown at half mast for him and did not address the nation for losing such an integral part of winning the war on terror. Yet, the President did address that his condolences were with Whitney Houston's Family after she passed away.
Yes, yes I understand that in general it is up to the governor of the state if the flags are at half mast generally, but the President IS ABLE to make that call as well.
Here is my point and question: Why are we depriving respect for those in our country who deserve it the most after they have given so much? Why are we not showing future generations the importance of saying goodbye to a fallen soldier after all they have done for our great nation? Come on America, we can do better than this. Shame on us.