George McGovern in history and contemporary thought
October 22, 2012 1 Comment
The first presidential election in which I participated was in 1972, It was only a few weeks previous that I had moved to Great Falls, Montana for yet another round at the radio wheel of destruction. Actually, KMON is (with one of two exceptions) a great memory and country music disc jockeys are beloved public figures – even if you happen to be the world’s worst C&W disc jockey. It is a sharp contrast to the abuse generally accorded any
“talker” even a little left of the center line.
I voted for Sen. McGovern and it is still the proudest vote I ever cast. It was a learning experience (the first of many) and I realized over time that the people I supported as candidates were generally bound for a certain defeat. I developed a dogged determination to vote and think like I pleased and live with the consequences. (I was young and had no idea how high the price would be!)
McGovern was telling the truth about the economy, the war, taxes and Nixon – especially Nixon! The President claimed not to know about the quarter-million dollars spent on Gordon Liddy, E. Howard Hunt, and the assorted Watergate bunglers. It was a lie so obvious and hideous and the American people’s refusal to seeit was a valuable learning moment. Right or wrong matters nothing in politics. People do what they want to do, usually the very thing demanded by their personal prejudices, and there is nothing anybody can do about it anyway.
Unlike some of the more recent “progressive” politicians, Sen. McGovern always made me proud of placing my trust in his hands. He lived a life marked by personal dignity and simple love of country. McGovern often appeared with Republican (and fellow WWII vet) Bob Dole. Together, they demonstrated a mutual respect and patience by which we could all subscribe. America will miss George McGovern, but America will be missing a lot more than the sensible words of a single man from a state that is even smaller than Arkansas.
God is merciful and he took George McGovern away so that the former presidential candidate’s mortal eyes would never see the ugly fate that awaits the nation for which he once so proudly put on the uniform and swore to defend us against our enemies. In McGovern’s youth, it was the Nazis, but today the enemy is us. Our vile and hateful partisan outbursts, the unrestrained arrogance and selfishness, materialism, and contempt for learning have done more harm than 50 jets crashing into 50 skyscrapers.
George McGovern was a patriot, politician and reasonable man. Few today would be thought his equal.