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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 08:41 AM
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McGovern touts legacy of liberalism in America
http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2005/07/30/news/loca...

Conservative politics may be ascendant in America, but the world needs liberal leadership to move ahead, former Sen. George McGovern told a packed lunch crowd in Missoula on Friday.

Missoula World Affairs Council president Mark Johnson introduced McGovern to about 160 people at the City Club, noting that the retired senator and 1972 Democratic nominee for president was still working on anti-hunger campaigns worldwide. snip

"I'm a Democrat and a liberal," McGovern said, adding, "I'm sure I wasn't just revealing a secret. And I'm the worst kind of liberal - a bleeding-heart liberal."

That said, he went on to claim there was no government program now embraced by both political parties that wasn't started on the liberal side of the aisle. He ticked off Medicare, rural electrification, environmental safeguards and civil rights among the accomplishments. He acknowledged that President Eisenhower, a Republican, started the interstate highway system, but noted that all the liberals voted for it.

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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 08:44 AM
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1. Hey from MT, alright!
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bribri16 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 05:52 PM
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23. McGovern has been right about everything he stood for so far. n/t
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argyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 09:06 AM
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2. This George I'd vote for. Actually, I did. My first vote ever.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 09:30 AM
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4. me too
he was a man with ideals.
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Catt03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 10:04 AM
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6. me too...nt
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Iowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 04:05 PM
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15. He was my first vote too. (eom)
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llmart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 05:01 PM
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21. Mine too......
and now we know we were in the minority but we were right then and we're right now.
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mithnanthy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 05:45 PM
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22. Me too...
I worked on his campaign in New Jersey. He was my first vote. I was heartbroken after the election, having realized how many stupid people were living among us who could actually vote for Nixon over McGovern. Sounds familiar...
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cosmicdot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 07:34 PM
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24. mine, too
Edited on Sat Jul-30-05 07:42 PM by cosmicdot


actually have this campaign button

He quoted William Butler Yeats in his acceptance speech:


~snip~

"My nomination is all the more precious and that it is a gift of the most open political process in all of our political history.

"It is the sweet harvest of the work of tens of thousands of tireless volunteers, young and old alike, funded by literally hundreds of thousands of small contributors in every part of this nation.

"Those who lingered on the brink of despair only a short time ago have been brought into this campaign, heart, hand, head and soul, and I have been the beneficiary of the most remarkable political organization in the history of this country.

"It is an organization that gives dramatic proof to the power of love and to a faith that can literally move mountains.

"As Yeats put it, 'Count where mans glory most begins and ends, and say: My glory was I had such friends.'

"This is the peoples nomination ..."


http://www.4president.org/speeches/mcgovern1972acceptan...

:patriot:
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tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 09:14 AM
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3. How old was Reagan when he was elected?
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 04:17 PM
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17. Reagan was 70, I believe.
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tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 04:32 PM
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20. Durn.
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 04:18 PM
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18. sixty-nine: the same age AHNULD will be in 2016
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Vox_Reason Donating Member (589 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 09:34 AM
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5. Read McGovern's latest book
I happened to catch his interview on Franken's show, and it was awe-inspiring. His latest book, "The Essential America", is brief but very impactful.

What a great American George McGovern is!
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 10:14 AM
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7. McGovern is a highly decorated war hero
unlike his many critics, most of which are chicken hawks. Nixon spent the war playing poker at a Navy installation stateside.
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tinrobot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 11:53 AM
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10. Actually, Nixon served in the Soloman Islands
He did administration of some sort. Certainly not a war hero like McGovern, but he was definitely in a combat zone.

http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq60-8.htm

Just setting the facts straight.
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prairierose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 10:33 AM
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8. Sen McGovern....
has a long list of liberal accomplishements.
He is a genuine war hero, and he ran the "Food for Peace" program for Pres Kennedy.

He successfully organized Dems into a winning position in a red state. (for those of you wondering how that is done, read his book "Grassroots").

The first time I voted in a Presidential election, I was proud to cast my vote for him.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 10:39 AM
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9. Like you, my first vote in a presidential election was for McGovern
McGovern called for America to come home, withdrawing from Vietnam and from other questionable foreign adventures.

The Vietnam War Memorial would be half its size had McGovern been elected in 1972. When the American people vote their fears and intolerance, they invariably end up with losers like Nixon and Bush.
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 12:58 PM
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11. I love this quote...
"I'm not casting doubt on the value of prayer," McGovern said, "although I've never been sure I was getting through. But if God told President Bush to send American troops to Iraq, he sent an entirely different message to the pope (who publicly opposed the war)."
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 01:17 PM
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12. I worked on the McGovern campaign when I was 7 years old...
...stuffing envelopes, etc.
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 01:22 PM
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13. That is VERY cool.
:hi:
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 01:31 PM
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14. My Mom was a big Dem, and all of her kids were involved in...
...politics (both her and my Dad were FDR Dems - my Dad, despite lacking a HS diploma, ran for and won a local school board commissioner race). Politics was as prevalent and natural in our house as breathing and eating. :thumbsup:
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 04:15 PM
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16. he actually was ahead of Nixon in the earliest polls, as was Dukakis.
And Americans overwhelmingly supported Mondale's liberal positions over Dribbles', but thought "the Gippet," as he once called himself, was more "charming." It's almost like there was a movement to make sure Dems thought we "couldn't" run a real liberal because they supposedly lost on their own faults instead of being cheated...
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GOPBasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 04:30 PM
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19. McGovern Rocks!!!
:headbang:
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Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 08:39 PM
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25. Yes, he's a bleeding heart liberal
Which is why he supported Gen. Wesley Clark in the primaries last year.

I recall being at a house party while he spoke in support of the apparently not-so-bleeding heart general.

I have to chuckle at the irony here.
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