Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday Clips of the Week

The Daily Show and the Colbert Report came back strong after their Turkey break, so here they are cracking jokes and calling attention to stupidity.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Remembering Nelson Mandela: The Good and Bad

Today, Nelson Mandela, one of the most well-known and respected political figures of the late 20th century, passed away. In remembering Nelson Mandela, I think we must focus, above all else, on his path in life, and not just his life's destination.

Nelson Mandela was far from a perfect human being. While he rose to prominence through his peaceful protest of South African apartheid, around 1960 he began abandoning his non-violent principles that he is known for. Specifically, he encouraged and organized bombings of government buildings for political change (for the record, this is the verbatim definition of terrorism). In the 1980s, he was told he would be released from prison if he would ensure the African National Congress would no longer use violence. He refused this offer.

However, in my view, this blemished past makes what he did the rest of his life that much more important. When put into a position with a majority that could have sought revenge, Mandela called for and ensured peace in a nation that was on the verge of ethnic warfare. He then spent the rest of his life suing for peace in places where it seemed to be an unattainable goal.