Longtime former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to President Richard Nixon in a historic landslide, has moved into hospice care near his home in South Dakota, his family said Monday. "He's coming to the end of his life," his daughter, Ann McGovern, told The Associated Press. She declined to elaborate but noted that her 90-year-old father has suffered several health problems in the last year. George McGovern, who became a leader of the Democrats' liberal wing during his three decades in Congress
I was among those whose first ever vote was in 1972. I was 19 years old. I voted for McGovern. It was not until years later that I came to my senses. While I now disagree with him politically, I still think he is a decent man. May God be merciful to him.
Similar to #1, I wonder if he received democrat Obamacare end-of-life counseling and was given just a pill, as opposed to expensive medical treatment whose cost could be more rationally applied to buying Georgetown Fluoeck some birth control or an abortion if that didn't work.
George McGovern has suffered some terrible personal tragedies, with the tragic loss of two children to alcoholism. His daughter Teresa died of hypothermia while heavily intoxicated, having fallen in a snowbank. (He wrote a book about her.) What a terrible, painful experience for any parent. His son Steven died just this past July; he was also an alcoholic. While I did not agree with his politics, I would not want to wish this on any parent.
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Rather Read, 10/16/2012 11:10:54 AM (No. 8936932)
McGovern served honorably in the Air Force during World War II, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. I disagree with him on more issues than I can count, but I believe he is an honorable, patriotic man.
After he left the Senate, McGovern worked in private industry for a while, and came to realize its value. He penned an anti-card check article for the WSJ, as well as an article about operating a business. Here's a link: http://digital.library.ucla.edu/websites/2008_993_056/Politician_Dream.htm
Learning late in life is better than not learning at all.
I loved the man though I didn't care for his politics. He was a B-24 Liberator bomber pilot and did all his missions. He is featured in Stephen Ambrose's book on WW2 flyers. His last mission depicted there was a doozy. You are a hero, George. Thanks.
Although I didn't agree with Sen. McGovern on many political issues, I have the utmost respect for him as a warrior, as an American patriot, and as an honest man. Over the years that respect has grown into affection. My stockbroker stepfather clipped out and carried in his wallet McGovern's WSJ essay on the difficulties of running a restaurant with regulation and taxation hindering the way to profitability. I wish Sen. McGovern comfort and the love of family and friends in the time he has remaining among us. I hope he knows that many of us over here on the political right are solidly on his side personally if not politically. After all, some things are more important than politics.
Count me among those whose first vote was for McG in '72. Young and foolish, I know, but as I grew away from liberalism I always retained a strong respect for this man. May his passing be peaceful and swift, and may he enjoy the communion of the saints.
As others have said, I disagree with McGovern in almost everything politically, but he was an honorable man. He also served with distinction during WWII as a B-24 pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces. I wish he and his family peace.
As to the wingnuts here talking about Obamacare and a Wellstone memorial, please, that's Daily Kos nonsense. We're better than that.
Very true, #5. The sad alcohol-related deaths of two of McGovern's adult children must have weighed heavily on him. And as far as I know, he served honorably during WWII.
So I wish no ill on the man. But interesting wording on the part of his surviving daughter.
Perhaps she didn't mean it the way I took it, but I couldn't help thinking about the "Liverpool Care Path" (the British National Health Service's euthanasia protocol) that I read about on this site yesterday.
I don't care that he was liberal. He is a good an honest man and a patriot. Remember young George braved the hell of Germany's defenses in a bomber during WW2. Real conservatives exhibit the values that prevent unseemly and low-class gloating over a politcal opponent's misfortune. Wait and see the left's reaction to Mr. Cheney's recent heart issue. But, for George- Godspeed.
My first and only vote for a Democrat for President. I would never have done so had I thought he had any kind of chance, but I wanted to protest Watergate and Kissinger's transparent "Peace is at hand" ploy.
I join all the others here in wishing comfort for him and his family.
Here's a 1972 "Democrats for Nixon" campaign ad portraying McGovern as a dangerous military cutter. If you think about it, the Democrat party never recovered from botching up Viet Nam and 0bama's feckless foreign policy decisions today are a legacy of that failure.
I'm with #3, my first vote was for McGovern. At that time, the ISSUE was VietNam. Nothing similar today. McGovern always seemed like a decent man, and had an impressive WWII service record. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
Of course after McGovern, I came to my senses and never voted for a Dem again.
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Old Army Vet, 10/16/2012 3:09:30 PM (No. 8937686)
On a political level I disagree with most of Georges views. On a personal level I think that he is a great man. B-24 Liberator pilot during the big one, WWII. The story about him and the farm that he dropped a bomb on is just great. Read Ambroses book. He did his duty with great distinction. We need more men like him in government and everywhere else.
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