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Is 2012 really 1972?

My introduction to politics took place during the Presidential election of 1972. My source for news... Rolling Stone Magazine. This was my first opportunity to vote for a President. My candidate... George McGovern.

Feeling a bit nostalgic, I recently viewed a documentary entitled, "One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern". What struck me was how there were many similarities to the politics of 1972 and those of today.

There was a corrupt administration that reneged on ending the wars: Nixon. Today: Obama.

There was a dark horse candidate (McGovern) being vehemently opposed by the party establishment (Humphrey, Dailey, Meany Democrats). Today: Ron Paul and the Republican establishment.

Many of the issues are the same: wars, abortion, drugs, amnesty, et.al.

Has anyone looked closely to see if there are any lessons to be learned from the primaries, national conventions, and Presidential campaigns of 1972?

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McGovern was a communist.

McGovern was a communist. Look up his record with the food industry.

Corporate fascists like Monsanto & corn/ethanol crony lobby are all very proud of the groundwork McGovern put in, which allows them to do their dirty deeds today.

Immoral funding of Military Industrial Complex by Federal Reserve and US taxation system must stop!!!! End illegal/unconstitutional wars! Preserve US currency!


For the evening crowd.

The McGovern campaign faced many of the same obstacles as the Paul campaign, but handled them better. Thus, McGovern won many more primaries than Paul. McGovern's campaign blew it at the convention (2:30 AM EDT acceptance speech, "Come Home America", which was heard by virtually no one) and during the Presidential campaign (VP choice, Kissinger's announcement shortly before the election that "peace is at hand", not countering Republican fear-mongering moves about McGovern's policies).