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Pat Oliphant

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  1. Kris Jackson

    Kris Jackson said, over 1 year ago

    Lay my burden down.

  2. David Martin

    David Martin said, over 1 year ago

    Free at last, free at last, Great God almighty, free at last!

  3. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 1 year ago

    This is the type of beautiful, pen-sketch editorial art from Oliphant that I’ve always admired. Sculpture on paper.

  4. HabaneroBuck

    HabaneroBuck said, over 1 year ago

    I don’t get it. Did he own Africa or something?

  5. Ken Warren

    Ken Warren said, over 1 year ago

    As always great art work, light humor, simple truths.

  6. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, over 1 year ago

    Another legendary cartoon from the legendary Oliphant.

  7. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 1 year ago

    The man impacted one nation, South Africa, on one continent and had as of today mixed results with it. Certainly he did far better than Mugabe in Zimbabwe and some other contemporary Africa leaders but that hardly puts him on some pedistal as a world changing figure.
    Mandella helped South Africa greatly. Acknowledge his accomplisments but don’t deify someone who never was.

  8. Kip W

    Kip W said, over 1 year ago

    I’ll leave the faint praise to those who want to damn him.

  9. caseyman

    caseyman said, over 1 year ago

    He didn’t own Africa, but he carried South Africa forward. Now it is no longer his burden.

    As for deification, let’s not deify anyone. But let’s pay tribute to a great man. Rest in peace, sir.

  10. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    Just to add to what’s above, and I’m not sure if you’re actually asking, but just in case…Nelson Mandela, long story short, not only successfully campaigned to end the systematic exclusion of blacks in South Africa from full social and political equality, he did it after that system jailed him for over 25 years, and without rancor or hatred. He was not perfect, but his elevated public conduct and the combination mentioned above is what has him so mourned today.

  11. AgentSmith101

    AgentSmith101 said, over 1 year ago

    Mandela admitted himself that he was no angel, but he had learned a knack for bringing people together. He made friends with his enemies and convinced his allies to do close to the same. Together they moved forward for everyone’s benefit. A lesson we could learn and need to learn if we want to also move forward as a nation.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    The simple fact that he called for, and achieved, reconcile, rather than revenge, was perhaps his most powerful accomplishment. Those unwilling to honor the man for that, will obviously never be willing to reconcile with those THEy disagree with. That is sad.(and petty)

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    From Wikipedia:

    The practice was often carried out in the name of the ANC,[citation needed] although the ANC executive body condemned it.2 In 1986 Winnie Mandela, then-wife of the imprisoned Nelson Mandela, made a statement that was widely seen as an implicit endorsement of necklacing,3 which at the time caused the ANC to distance itself from her,[citation needed]

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    So this is the best you can do? No one is a saint. And people get angry and don’t want to sit around while people are massacred and they are yet to be equal in their society.
    He did renounce violence again didn’t he? Yes he did. I am against the death penalty. But when fighting tyranny people can do tyrannical things during it to fight it. Becoming the monsters they went to fight against as Dr. F. Nietzsche warned would happen.

  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Your claims are pathetic, half baked lies, spouted by racist pigs. I usually try to avoid such language to describe other posters, but this spew of disgusting venom needs to be answered.

    Mandela & the early ANC did espouse Marxist ideals, but so did the folks who went on to form the governments of Ireland & Israel in their early, revolutionary periods. What Mandela thought in 1960 was very different from the thoughts of the man who emerged from nearly 3 decades of imprisonment. Even then, he was more interested in equality & democracy than nationalizing South Africa. By the time Mandela was released he had the benefit of seeing the disasters that nationalization caused in other African countries.

    Mandela was moving from non-violent protest to believing that the only way to gain freedom was by meeting violence with violence. The ANC started using sabotage & destruction of property as a means of political protest, but expressly disavowed killing civilians as counter-productive. Mandela seems to have been planning a guerrilla resistance to the state. George Washington was probably one of his role models.

    Mandela was arrested for organizing strikes & leaving the country without permission. He entered a “plea in mitigation of sentence”, saying that he was, “a black man in a white man’s court.” He was sentenced to five years. At the time, the South African government wasn’t aware of the full extent of his leadership role in the ANC. When they uncovered documents that gave them more information on the ANC’s plans to destroy infrastructure as a means of disrupting the government, Mandela & nine others were put on trial. Mandela plead not guilty.

    The ANC went on to commit ruthless acts against suspected informers & people considered a threat to the organization. During this time, Mandela was on Robben Island, breaking limestone with a sledgehammer. Newspapers were forbidden. Mandela was allowed one letter & one visit every six months, both under close scrutiny by prison staff. There isn’t a shred of evidence that Mandela was even aware, let alone had a hand in the ANC’s despicable acts at the time.

    No Man’s “source” is Peter Hammond. As for him, “If you believe Christ wants a holy war to preserve apartheid, the Reverend Peter Hammond is your general, his Frontline Fellowship your army,” wrote the National Catholic Reporter in 1989.

    Despicable, racist propoganda.

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