Monday, October 22, 2012

George McGovern (1922-2012)

From his Democratic nomination acceptance speech, 1972 (H/T Michael Moore):
From secrecy and deception in high places; come home, America. From military spending so wasteful that it weakens our nation; come home, America. From the entrenchment of special privileges in tax favoritism; from the waste of idle lands to the joy of useful labor; from the prejudice based on race and sex; from the loneliness of the aging poor and the despair of the neglected sick – come home, America. Come home to the affirmation that we have a dream.
He was clobbered by, of all people, Richard Nixon. McGovern was possibly the most under-appreciated American presidential candidate in history. R.I.P., Senator McGovern; you deserved better.

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