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    when I read HST's "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" while in high school. This would have been about 1978.

    Many of us forget that service in WWII led many servicemen to demand a better shake from government for themselves and their families. They felt it was the least their countries could do for them in exchange for their sacrifices, and they were right. McGovern came from, and fought for, that ideal his entire career.

    Here in Canada, that ideal led to our modern social safety net. During the general election of 1944, polls showed that the servicemens' votes were going in large part to the social-democratic CCF. To win the election, the Liberals had to lift the entire social policy of the CCF and adopt it as their own, and put it into law when re-elected.

    Sad that it often takes war to make people realize their common humanity.

    -8.38, -7.74 My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. - Jack Layton

    by Wreck Smurfy on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 05:59:36 PM PDT

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