The Father of our American Country astounded the world of the 18th Century by voluntarily stepping down from power, not once (after defeating the British at Yorktown), but twice, after serving eight years as president. Tonight, the Father of a formerly-apartheid South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who astounded the world of the 20th Century by relinquishing the presidency of his nation, died today at the age of 95.
A truly heroic figure, Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, combined the character of Washington with the magnanimity of America’s Martin Luther King Jr. and India’s Mahatma Ghandi in exhibiting no bitterness for decades of injustice while leading successful reconciliation in their respective nations.
Mandela, a guerrilla fighter against the apartheid South African government before his imprisonment, led non-violent liberation efforts after his release from prison to prick the consciousness of citizens, as did MLK and Ghandi in their respective Christian nations, and galvanized much of the world to impose economic sanctions in one of the first and only successful such efforts to achieve significant results. South Africa ended centuries of racial injustice without civil war nor violent recriminations so common in other former African colonies of European powers, thanks to Mandela.
The world lost a great man this day, and JoeForAmerica joins in prayer for his surviving family, friends and admirers in their bereavement: