A Man for the Ages…

George Stanley McGovern

1922 – 2012

Just heard George S. McGovern is in an “unresponsive state” in hospice and is “peaceful” according to his family (see box below).

My ex-husband and I worked for his Presidential campaign when we were out in Bloomington, Indiana, in the early 1970’s and while doing so, we met the man and were very impressed with him. It was a shame that he only carried one state (MY current state of MA) in that election, but the even bigger shame is that we got Richard (Tricky Dick) Nixon in his place. And we all know how that worked out.

If only…

What if…

All I can do is say God bless you, George McGovern,and it was an honor to be of some help to you when you asked for it.

God bless the McGovern Family at this sad time,


“Steve Hildebrand, a spokesman for the family, issued a statement to NBC News that read: “At approximately 5:15 am CT [6: 15 a.m. ET] this morning (October 21, 2012) our wonderful father, George McGovern passed away peacefully at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by our family and life-long friends.

“We are blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful and productive life advocating for the hungry, being a progressive voice for millions and fighting for peace.”

The world is a poorer place now without you in it!

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10 Responses to A Man for the Ages…

  1. t.s. says:

    …one of my heroes during the Vietnam fiasco…a tiny bit of light during an impossible situation…


  2. Reenie says:

    *sigh* Such a nice post for a great man. Thanks.


  3. TopsyTurvy says:

    Bex, I see that some polls are now projecting Romney will win. Hope you’ll get your compatriots out there to vote. I’d hate to see what Romney would do to the US.


  4. Rhubarb says:

    “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
    The saddest are these: it might have been.”


  5. I remember working on George McGovern’s campaign in Maine. Never could understand how folks could choose Nixon. I’d learned enough about his shady dealings and HUAC work by then to know that we desperately needed a man of integrity, rather than Tricky Dick.


  6. Michael says:

    McGovern was the first presidential candidate I was old enough to vote for. His campaign for the nomination was a master work of old school Democratic politics, by which I mean the art of bringing together diverse groups of people and showing them how much they could accomplish by working with each other. That’s quite a difference from the polarized politics of today, and I still admire him for his hopeful vision of what the country could be.


  7. mz. em says:

    I remember McGovern. As I remember voting for him because of his principles. It appears not many in our elected officials have principles. I wonder when they will get it?


  8. Nina Camic says:

    Amen. I had just moved to the States when he was nominated. I couldn’t understand then why he did not win. I still don’t fully understand.


  9. Bex says:

    Well put, Eric. Thank you. He was all you said and more. He was just the kind of man we need but we don’t know it til it’s too late. I think we have a good man now as President and I sure as heck hope we don’t blow this one.


  10. Ericmayer says:

    Sad news. He’s a truly great American. He didn’t calibrate or lie or pander with no aim beyond gaining office. He told the truth and fought for his principles. A fatal defect in an American politician alas. Americans chose Nixon. Well, they almost always choose wrong don’t they? And never learn from their history of awful choices either. If every year we had a McGovern with the guts to run on truth and principles would the light eventually go on for this benighted country? Probably not.


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