Is 2012 really 1972?Submitted by JCole on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 14:10
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?