Tuesday, October 23, 2012
More McGovernThe PBS Newshour did an obituary piece, Remembering McGovern, WWII Hero, Politician 10/22/2012:
Ben Alpers in McGovern and American History U.S. Intellectual History 10/22/2012 reflects on how McGovern, a believer in the New Deal and the Great Society who thought that wars were something to be prevented rather than sought out and bragged about, is regarded among the political and media elites as an extremist of sorts among Democrats, certainly one whose ideas were and are far outside the mainstream:
In this regard, it's worth contrasting McGovern's legacy with that of Barry Goldwater, another candidate from his party's "extreme" wing who got crushed in a landslide victory by an incumbent president of the other party. Goldwater's campaign is today remembered by Republicans as the vanguard of modern conservatism. Goldwater is seen as having helped paved the way for conservative success, first within the GOP and then in the country at large. Even Democrats came to see Goldwater as representing an older, somehow better, conservatism. When Goldwater died in 1998, President Clinton ordered that all flags on federal property fly at half mast on the day of his funeral.I didn't know until now that Johnny Rivers had done a campaign song for McGovern in 1972 using his campaign theme "Come Home America", Johnny Rivers - Come Home America YouTube date 06/04/2011:
Corey Robin justifiably gripes about Obama's meager initial statement on McGovern's passing in Things Obama Says When Famous People Die 10/21/2012.
Congressman Jim McGovern, who wasn't a relative of George's but admired him and his political outlook, writes about him in George McGovern, the 'Atticus Finch' of American Politics The Nation 10/22/2012:
To me, George McGovern was the “Atticus Finch” of American politics. Like the main character in Harper Lee’s brilliant novel To Kill A Mockingbird George McGovern spoke the truth even when—especially when—it was uncomfortable.And he observes:
George McGovern was perhaps the most courageous man I’ve ever known. And it was not just because he was a bomber pilot in World War II, fighting against Hitler and winning the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service. I admired him for his guts, in being who he was, in conservative South Dakota. To oppose the war in Vietnam was not easy in the early 1960s. Yet, George McGovern’s valiant and sincere position was right, and the voters of his home state sent him to the United States Senate three times.David Shribman provides his take in George McGovern: a portrait of character The Globe and Mail 10/23/2012.
John Miller, Unpacking George McGovern: A historian’s view Pierre (SD) Capitol Journal 10/21/2012 writes of McGovern's political inspirations:
In two interviews I did with McGovern in August and September, we talked about the original sources for his political beliefs and aspirations as a student and young man, and I had anticipated returning from the archives to follow up with more questions about his activities in Washington. Alas, that will not happen.Tags: george mcgovern
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