"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
I'm not trying to denegrate him, nay, I'm actually so moved by the truth. Think about it, in a country where we are so divided, that we have become so bitter to one another, here is a man who was once a man of militatism that thought violence was the only way. If he had continued down that path, South Africa would of ended up like Zimbabwe. Instead, he can out a humble... a great man of peace and reconciliation. He was in fact the perfect bridge between war to peace.
This thread is getting a little far afield.
My guess is that none of the Liberals on here fly American flags at all so they really have no say in what the rest of us do.
You people and your "George Washington was a terrorist" inanity. It wasn't his responsibility to "stop them," nor did he have the authority to do so. (And besides, how do you know he never personally tried to intervene?)
George Washington also preached and practiced conciliation toward all in the new nation. He did not condone or encourage any such things as hangings or tarring/featherings.
If you want to argue that Mandela wasn't a terrorist, then do it. But all of this bringing up of the "Founding Fathers" is just rank ignorance and stupidity. No, a rebel is not automatically a "terrorist."
2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
2009-2016: Dissent is the highest form of racism.
2017-? (Probably): Dissent is the highest form of misogyny.
Let me ask you this, would you of preferred the militant man who went into prison, leading a bloody revolution/civil war? Or the peaceful reconciliation that happened? Before he went in, he thought violence was the only way. And after being put in a situation that would of made a lesser man bitter and hard, he came out and became the man South Africa, nay the world, needed.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)