I just heard that George McGovern’s exemplary life is nearing its end. He is in a hospice today and is non-responsive. "The family of Sen. McGovern wishes to extend their gratitude and appreciation for the many prayers and well wishes and requests complete privacy at this time." Daughter Ann McGovern told the Associated Press that her father is "coming to the end of his life."
George McGovern is an American hero. I was just a child when he ran for President, but even then, I was moved. Senator McGovern said. “The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.”
Robert Kennedy was once asked to name the most decent man in the Senate. "George McGovern," he replied. "He's the only decent man in the Senate."
This is a man who stood for what he believed. He always had the backs of the poor, the disenfranchised, the soldier in Vietnam, he had your back.
How timely is this? “No man should advocate a course in private that he's ashamed to admit in public.”
I dearly hope he was right when he said “Politics is an act of faith; you have to show some kind of confidence in the intellectual and moral capacity of the public. “
He was defeated by a “massive right wing conspiracy”. A real one, the likes of which has been seldom seen in this country (well maybe until 2000.
George McGovern believed what we believe. He was a “liberal lion”, and paid dearly for it. He will be missed.