George McGovern, a Liberal Trounced but Not Silenced, Dies at 90 –

Looking to the past at a hard-core liberal who ran the textbook “failed campaign” for president.  His anti-war and other positions garner him the label of “liberal, not a radical” and an American whose father was a minister, served in World War II and was married to the same woman his entire life:

To the liberal Democratic faithful, Mr. McGovern remained a standard-bearer well into his old age, writing and lecturing even as his name was routinely invoked by conservatives as synonymous with what they considered the failures of liberal politics.

He never retreated from those ideals, however, insisting on a strong, “progressive” federal government to protect the vulnerable and expand economic opportunity, while asserting that history would prove him correct in his opposing not only what he called “the tragically mistaken American war in Vietnam” but also the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanista

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2 thoughts on “George McGovern, a Liberal Trounced but Not Silenced, Dies at 90 –”

  1. CNN had a great quote from Senator McGovern.

    He called the unemployment of more than 5 million Americans “the most false and wasteful economics of all” and said his highest domestic priority would be “to ensure that every American able to work has a job to do.” He called for an end to a system of economic controls “in which labor is depressed but prices and corporate profits run sky high,” and he called for national health insurance and “a fair and just tax system.”

    He was a great politician because he was a consistent politician. He provided a clear vision of how the federal government should act, and he stuck with it his entire life even when it was unpopular. He lost elections his presidential election to Nixon, and then lost his senate seat during the Reagan revolution, but as a standard bearer for tradition American progressives he accomplished his purpose. President Obama ran on a platform that McGovern could have written himself, and the current liberal trend common among young Americans is evidence of the timelessness of the ideals that McGovern taught as a professor, and then pushed as a politician.

  2. George McGovern was not only a consistent politician who stood by his ideals, he was also a man of vision who was able to see long-term solution even if it meant not immediate aleviation of national problems.
    That is perhaps what I most admired about George McGovern, it was the fact that he was able to see things in a grander scheme and therefore forego shortsighted solutions and instead choose long-term, permanent ones.
    His policy with communism and the Vietnam war are a great example of this.

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