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Like Ron Paul, George McGovern was a non-establishment candidate

As a recovering Republican, I have to admit that George McGovern was one of the last of the non-establishment candidates. There have been a few through the years that were Democrats, including Eugene McCarthy. But like most candidates who go up against the military industrial complex, he lost.

Ex-presidential nominee George McGovern no longer responsive: family
Reuters | 10/17/2012

Former Democratic Senator George McGovern, who lost to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election, is "no longer responsive" and is surrounded by family and friends at a hospice center in South Dakota, his family said on Wednesday.

McGovern, 90, was admitted to hospice in Sioux Falls "with a combination of medical conditions, due to age, that have worsened over recent months," his family said in a statement.

"The Senator is no longer responsive. He is surrounded by his loving family and close friends," the statement added.

McGovern served in the Senate for South Dakota from 1963 to 1981. He unsuccessfully challenged Nixon in 1972 on a platform opposing the Vietnam War. He won only 37.5 percent of the popular vote and carried only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia in one of the worst defeats in U.S. history.

The son of a Methodist minister, McGovern flew combat missions over Europe as a B-24 bomber pilot during World War Two, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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Why is this on here?????

I live in South Dakota since 1962 and you don't know how long and hard we fought to get this guy out absolutely one of the worst voting records ever. I can't see why this is newsworthy on Daily Paul. ridiculous.

When freedom is at stake, silence is not golden – it is yellow- Tom Anderson writer patriot. 1910-2001

"Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

George McGovern thought that

George McGovern thought that he could make steel mills clean and quiet. He might have been anti-establishment but that doesn't make him in touch with reality either.

That said, it's a shame he and his family are suffering like this.

I find it difficult to forgive McGovern

... for being almost solely responsible for today's epidemics of obesity, diabetes, learning disabilities and cancer by heading up the committee which instituted the federal nutrition guidelines. Guidelines which recommended heavy intake of government subsidized grain products, and reduced intake of fat and cholesterol based on little more than his own uneducated opinions.

"I would only argue that senators don't have the luxury that a research scientist does of waiting until every last shred of evidence is in."
- George McGovern

My condolences to his family, however.

An honorable man

As real as Obama and Romney are fake.

I was in Washington DC in the fall of 1972 during the general
election campaign on a political science off-campus program.

Which meant we got to see few politicians, although we did get
an hour-long meeting at the Supreme Court with Justice
William O. Douglas, which was pretty cool.

We were in sort of a bubble in the sense that we were reading
the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate revelations that were
being published almost daily in the Washington Post - not realizing
that almost no other major media in the country were covering
it at all - the MSM of the day not covering the Watergate scandal
was a big plus for Nixon.

Just before the election, a couple of us hit up our fellow students
for a donation for McGovern and we went down to campaign
headquarters with about a hundred bucks that we'd managed to
collect. The few staff there seemed pretty surprised to see us and
were happy tolet us load up on bumperstickers, buttons & such.

So, it was kind of a shock when he got blown out by Nixon shortly
thereafter. On the bright side, within two years Nixon was gone..

Anyway, I voted for McGovern (my first election) and many years later
I happened to run into him and his wife in a small restaurant in
the Bitterroot Valley in Montana. I was there with my parents
and they were the only other customers in the place. I didn't notice,
but one of my folks said something, so I ended up getting to meet
him and tell him that I had never regretted voting for him.

He was very gracious, thanked me for the vote, came outside to pose a
picture and we went our separate ways... wish him and his family the best.

I really enjoyed that-

the telling of your personal story. TY. It really shows how the times we lived in in our youth can determine our views today. Then, we see how history is distorted...which is why, as you are attesting, our Founding Fathers warned us to stay vigilant. We didn't and we don't.

My first vote was for Nixon's re-election. He won. Then I got to spend my first two years in college waking up to the Watergate hearings on TV instead of the news and weather. Bummmmmmmer.

"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before." Debra Medina

Like Dr. Paul

A man who served and knows the value of and promotes peace. I was a young boy when this guy was around, but can remember my hardcore republican family denouncing him strictly on his war views. I wish I knew then what I know now. God bless you Mr. McGovern and as always, thank-you Dr. Paul for curing me. I will never feel weak for promoting peace.

You have no

idea. Wake up!!

When freedom is at stake, silence is not golden – it is yellow- Tom Anderson writer patriot. 1910-2001

"Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

He changed some of his views on govt

Believe I read a story in the last few years about how McGovern, after he got out of politics and was in the business world, realized the damage done by government policies. He changed his mind just as many of us have done the same

Government only creates unintended consequences.

The only General Welfare is liberty for all!

Government hates us for our freedom.

And our creditors love us for our indebtedness.

They work together to make us debt slaves. Both Parties are happy.

Free includes debt-free!


We had a big party election night waiting for the election results. I was 18 and had just been given the right to vote. One brother and brother-in-law were fighting in Vietnam. Guys that had been in my other brother's cub scout troop were being killed. Men were leaving their families and fleeing to Canada. I remember my mom and neighbors dreading the mail for fear there would be a letter from the selective service for another son. 50,000 soldiers came home in body bags. All we wanted was to End the War. No other issue mattered. It turned out to be a total bummer that night. I will remember George McGovern fondly and with respect for what he tried to do.

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

McGovern's candidacy was a great historical irony. A war hero himself, and personally a very decent man, he ran one of the most inept presidential campaigns ever against one of the most personally indecent and ruthless politicians in American history.

McGovern, though an articulate advocate against imperialism, led a candidacy hopelessly associated with the nihilistic postmodern cultural left ("hippies") and never had a chance. Even if the Eagleton disaster had not occurred, he would have lost by a sizable margin, but Eagleton guaranteed him a crushing defeat.

One could write an entire book on how "counterculture" has expressed itself on both the right and left, encompassing such widely diverse movements as low impact living, back to land movements, militias, sound money economics, anti-consumerism, anti-imperialism, etc., and how these owe much to 19th and early 20th century Romantic German movements like the Wandervogel.

The self indulgent hippies were but one manifestation of this impulse.

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Very true.

Very true.

George McGovern did not lose by a landslide

because the American people weren't tired of the Vietnam War. George Wallace in 1968 ran on a campaign of pulling out of Vietnam and four-fifths of his supporters when polled said if he hadn't ran they would have voted for Nixon. Here's why McGovern got creamed:

"In 1972, Nixon crushed the first national political expression of hte '60s revolution: the McGovern campaign.
Indeed, Senator Tom Eagleton, McGovern's first choice for vice president, confided to columnist Robert Novak that the McGovern campaign could be summed up as standing for "amnesty, abortion and acid" ("Suicide of a Superpower." Buchanan).

Wallace ran a campaign of "pulling out of Viet Nam"?

News to me, though I was in Korea during the 1968 election. I do recall his threatening to run over anti-war protestors and his running mate was Curtis "Bombs Away" LeMay.

Wallace and his supporters hated the

counter-culture. Wallace's precise words were "if some anarchist lies down in front of my automobile, it will be the last automobile he will ever lie down in front of." It was mainly the tactics of the anti-war protesters that Wallace opposed and the fact that many of them were openly communist-sympathizers. However, unlike Humphrey and Nixon, he was was willing to pull out of Vietnam immediately if it wasn't winnable immediately.

"Compared to Humphrey and Nixon, George Wallace was the peacenik in the ’68 race... If the Vietnam War was not winnable within 90 days of his taking office, Wallace pledged an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops. As his aides told Pete Hamill about Vietnam, “The hell with it.”

Wallace also called foreign-aid money “poured down a rat hole” and demanded that European and Asian allies pay more for their defense. The relative prudence of the Alabama governor’s foreign policy was obscured by his disastrous selection of Gen. Curtis “bomb them back into the Stone Age” LeMay as his running mate. LeMay thought himself a “moderate Republican,” which may have been true: the most hawkish figure in American politics in 1968, after all, was that moderate Republican and Picasso-collecting warmongering New York governor, Nelson Rockefeller. (Oh, what might have been: before LeMay, Wallace reportedly had asked Colonel Sanders, Mr. Kentucky Fried Chicken, to join the ticket. Extra crispy chicken or extra crispy Vietnamese children: therein lies the Sanders-LeMay difference.)"


I felt sad reading of McGoverns last days

I didn't like his liberal view of politics, but like Dennis Kucinich he was a sincerely anti-war candidate in the darkest days of vietnam.

And like Ron Paul he lost by a massive landslide due to the American peoples' blood lust for war.

I always admire sincere people, even if I don't agree with them. I am sorry that I didn't know the truth earlier.

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!

A BIG problem I had with George McGovern was his vote for...

the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Of course, only two US Senators (Wayne Morse and Ernest Gruening) voted against Gulf of Tonkin and neither ran for the presidency.

Is 2012 really 1972?

I don't care for McGovern

I don't care for McGovern because of his polotics, he was a liberal. But being a B-24 pilot is kinda special to me because my Grandfather Was a Captain of a B-24 crew. Wish him and his family the best tho.

I wouldn't have voted for him

I wouldn't have voted for him either due to his liberal politics. Nixon wasn't much better though, especially since he instituted price controls. One of the sad things about today's politicians is how so few of them have served in the military and yet they want to send other people's kids off to war.

"Listen you son of a bitch,

"Listen you son of a bitch, why don't you kiss my ass"

Older guy (60+) on my team at work was talking about working for the Mcgovern campaign in his "long hair days"

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