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Nelson Mandela and the Rule of Law

December 7th, 2013 - 6:22 am

I had this to say about Nelson Mandela in my book Injustice and will say it again.

The empowerment of formerly oppressed people often creates a volatile situation where much can go wrong and much can go right. In those situations, there is a natural human instinct toward vengeance and retribution that must be controlled by the law. In the transition from white rule to black rule in Zimbabwe, we find a stark example of what happens when the law fails to control these instincts—legally sanctioned terror against the white minority, gangsterism, and economic collapse. We find a counter-example in South Africa, where Nelson Mandela presided over a peaceful transition from apartheid that, though imperfect, was marked by adherence to the law and full legal protections for all races.

In some American counties, as the black majority became empowered after passage of the Voting Rights Act, new political leaders emerged who sought racial payback. While they did not unleash wanton violence on the scale of Zimbabwe, the same sense of racial animus animated their cause.

I highly recommend listening to Joel Pollack on with Mark Levin talking about Mandela for some keen insight into the man.

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I am shocked at the re-writing of history upon Mandela's passing. So many see something that wasn't there in the man's ideals - his transformation as they call it. He went in to prison as a radical, he came out pragmatic. He believed in Socialism but instead embraced Democracy because he realized that inclusion was the only way to see his country flourish. That doesn't mean he believed in inclusion. It means he saw, practically, that turning the tide and visiting on whites the inequity the blacks in South Africa had endured would only add years to the unrest that would come. Instead, he took the better way out and decided to spend five years in office setting his nation on an even keel. None of this means he was a prophet , as Mia Angelo's 'thank you for coming' poem indicates. It just means he made a good, practical choice.
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"In some American counties, as the black majority became empowered after passage of the Voting Rights Act, new political leaders emerged who sought racial payback. While they did not unleash wanton violence on the scale of Zimbabwe, the same sense of racial animus animated their cause."

Yes, so very true and too bad Detroit, one example, didn't have a mayor like *Mandela*. I fear it is a real possibility we may see much worse any day now.
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I am reminded of the former slaves in the South after the Civil War in America. They were openly encouraged to slaughter whites by radical political elements in power in the North (Thaddius Stevens as one example of the Radical Republican Party), but there simply was not the hatred on the part of the blacks to carry out such a desire of those white radicals. It is interesting because apparently that hatred did not exist in South Africa either, which is why Mandela was able to carry out that "transformation".
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But, there was murder and there was payback, in both America and South Africa. I believe we are seeing it here in America now more so than ever in its history. The interesting thing is that for the first time we are seeing racial payback and violence openly encouraged by the present administration via the Federal Justice Department. Generations of black Americans have been *groomed* to hate and to resent certain *elements* representing oppression by the revolutionary ideologists come to power. Is it any wonder we see so much black on white violence today? And especially when we have people like Holder telling us all that the Federal Government does not recognise white people as a *minority* or a suppressed group therefore Civil Rights Violations, when carried out by a black against a white, can never be punished as a Hate Crime, that is to say on a Federal Level. President Obama is the only president in my lifetime that has actually said things in public to incite acts of violence and resentment of one race against another. I am sure that no President of the United States has ever said such things. The Union Presidents never said such things, the Confederate President never said such things, no American presidents ever said such things as President Obama has said to embolden acts of violence among its citizens. I can hardly believe the things I have heard and seen.
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