Sunday, October 21, 2012

McGovern Memory

Sadly, good old George Mcgovern passed away this morning, and we'll all miss him. He was the first presidential candidate that I actually cared about (not that I could vote for him; I was 13 in 1972,) I liked him; he always seemed like a "good, decent" guy (as opposed to Richard Nixon, who was a truly unlikable man.) While I was aware of some politics in previous elections, Nixon versus McGovern was when I truly felt it mattered.
And we lost, big time. Which set me on a life long path of cynicism. Nixon was evil, McGovern was decently good (read Doc, "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72" if you have any doubts), but evil won big. That's when I began to understand America.
I once thought that we would never elect someone worse than Nixon, but along came Shrub. Heck, Ol' Ronnie R was plenty bad enough.
I guess we get the government we deserve.
We have an election coming up. We have a choice. I hope you all know which way George McGovern would vote.

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