Monday, October 22, 2012
George McGovern, RIP
George McGovern, the three term Senator from South Dakota and unsuccessful Presidential candidate in 1972, died early Sunday.
He had been a hero in WWII, flying 35 combat missions over Europe, and won a Distinguished Flying Cross for landing a crippled airplane and saving his crew.
As a Senator and Democratic nominee for President, he was known for his strong anti-Viet Nam War stance. He turned out to be right about that, even if he was wrong about communism in general.
A war hero who advocates for peace is far more credible -- and admirable -- than a chicken hawk who never served himself but is eager to send young men to their deaths.
McGovern had also seen hunger firsthand in Italy during WWII, and worked both during and after his political career for famine relief.
An old-fashioned liberal who supported causes like that is far more credible -- and admirable -- than the modern kind, who enforces political correctness.
The American people said a resounding no to McGovern in 1972, giving him only 38% of the popular vote.
But if you view his life as a whole, he was an admirable man, far more so than most politicians.
Rest in peace.