A Sheriff in Pickens County, S.C. is defying U.S. President Barack Obama by refusing to lower the American flag to half-staff in honor of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

“The flag at half-staff is for Americans’ ultimate sacrifice for our country,” Sheriff Rick Clark told The Greenville News. “We should never stray away from that.”

Actually we shouldn’t even lower the flag for that … not these days.

“The government of this country spies on its own people (and the rest of the world),” we wrote recently. “It invades other countries and sacrifices thousands of lives based on outdated imperialism and fabricated intelligence. It’s even willing to join forces with the same people who attacked us if it means gaining some geopolitical leverage.”

In other words American soldiers are clearly not fighting for “our freedom” anymore … although the government, mainstream media and corporate America continue to perpetuate that myth.

Anyway, Obama ordered flags at half-staff to honor Mandela. Incidentally this order extended to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – which ratted Mandela out to the South Africans (leading to his 27-year imprisonment).

In other Mandela-related news in South Carolina, a Facebook tribute to the deceased leader from S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley drew numerous sharply worded rebukes.