Skip to comments.Ex-presidential nominee George McGovern in hospice
Posted on 10/15/2012 5:17:09 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- 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.
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McGovern admitted when he went into business after he retired from politics how intrusive the government was.
Read the Ambrose book about his World War II career as a pilot...I think it is called Wild Blue...good man...had convictions.
May the country celebrate the life of George McGovern the same way it did in November of 1972.
A decent man and patriot, who labored under some foolish ideas, but came to repent many of them when he went into business after leaving politics. I would rather see him President-for-Life than endure the re-election of Barack Obama.
Just got a piece of junk election mail with his name on it...frankly, I had thought he already had passed away.
For some reason, I am suddenly getting junk email from liberals. McGovern and Schumer are the two biggies that come to mind.
McGovern fought against card check the past several years. He was a member of an older generation of honorable Democrats.
He ran for president exactly 40 years ago.
You can’t live forever, but you can live a long time.
He’s a great example of someone you can profoundly disagree with, yet respect.
I realize this is not his obituary, but I wonder where AP gets off by neglecting this aspect of his accomplishments, even in an article of that size:
“He volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Forces upon the country’s entry into World War II and as a B-24 Liberator pilot flew 35 missions over German-occupied Europe. Among the medals awarded him was a Distinguished Flying Cross for making a hazardous emergency landing of his damaged plane and saving his crew.”
From the Wikipedia entry on McGovern.
That is a problem when you go out and get a real job, you start to realize that even soft-communism of the type the Dims peddle is a forward momentum killer.
I don’t think we will ever have this problem with Jimmy Carter...
Regardless of a huge difference in point of view, prayers to him and his family.
Is he still alive?
I had no idea
Married for 64 years before his wife passed in 2007. That’s an impressive number.
McGovern was the first and only democrat I voted for in the ‘72 primary when I was draft bait. By the time of the election I was drafted and pulled the lever for Nixon.
Dick Nixon was a good Cold Warrior but he was as Big Government as the Bush's at home.
0bama probably hopes he kicks at the right time for the dims to reap some sympathy votes.
Poor guy. I seem to recall that he had an alcoholic daughter that froze to death in a snowbank in Madison, WI. He has borne his share of sorrow.
His family had better screen the hospice nurses carefully.
I met him after a Democratic party rally . I waited till they all cleared out and then asked him what plane he flew. We talked for a few minutes and I thanked him for his service. My respect for him out weighed my revulsion over his support of Fidel.
I’m glad he sees the light now
He also wrote a very moving book about his daughter Terry’s alcoholism.
McGovern was a hardcore leftist and admired Joseph Stalin just at the time that the Iron Curtain was descending on freedom in Eastern Europe.
He was the perfect dupe of the reds, a liberal who once studied to be a clergyman, as well as a Bloody Mary propaganda stooge for Tito and his communist Partisan movement.
When he forced landed his bomber in the Adriatic, he was “rescued” by Tito’s forces and treated well. He swallowed their communist propaganda so well that when he came back, he was a big supporter of Tito in the US against the pro-freedom military leader of the Chetniks, Mikhailovich.
McGovern also supported the key components of the Hanoi Lobby during the Vietnam war, endorsing their protests and speaking at some of them.
He probably was a nice guy, loved his wife, and served his country well in wartime. But it is what he did against his country that also counts. He didn’t get to the “Benedict Arnold” stage, but his did hurt us and betrayed tens of millions of So. Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians to horrible deaths (by the millions), torture, imprisonment, and destitution when Hanoi won the war.
I count many of these victims as among my friends and acquaintances, and I know how a few died at the hands of the reds.
McGovern was misguided but his damage to freedom was extensive, and we are still paying for it today.
Glad he’s dead. One less fool we have to deal with in a nation overflowing with like-minded stooges, dupes, and blind-to-reality voters.
An honorable democrat. God guard him with eagle’s wings, and give peace to his family.
He’s the only Democrat I voted for. At the time I thought he was a decent man. Now, I realize he was the beginning of quotas and PC pandering.
Good luck to him
His Bed & Breakfast buisness went out of buisnessd due to excessive regulation of governments. He said as much. He said he never realized how difficult government made it on private buisness.
If he remained a Democrat he couldn’t have repented of much.
He really had no idea his voting record would ultimately lead us to socialism. An honorable man, but in tne end just another useful idiot.
I think they knew exactly what they were voting for
of course, we grow up....we start to understand....
and now low and behold I haven't voted for a democrat since Jimmy Carter the first time....
Election day , half way through ,
Someone should create a fake twitter
account that he voted for Romney.
I didn’t support him at all. I hope he’s not in pain, and that he has plenty of friends and family around him.
Wow.... I thought he has already passed away....
“Glad hes dead.”
I was a teenager when McGovern ran for president and like many others of my generation, I protested the war in Vietnam and embraced other aspects of liberalism. A lot of us did crazy, downright stupid things back then. We believed all that peace and love BS. We honestly thought we were doing the right thing.
Then we grew up. We found out how wrong we were. Most have repented and I hope we have been forgiven.
Whatever McGovern did back then is over now. At this point, I would rather leave McGovern’s judgment in His hands. We are all going to have to face that judgment someday.
Glad he’s dead? Sorry that you’re so bitter. He can’t hurt you anymore.
McGovern could pull a good scam too.
He ran the Democrat committee which changed the delegate selection process in 1969. Then he ran and won in 1972, using rules that he himself helped to establish.
That is the very definition of conflict of interest, but no one called him on it at the time. It wasn’t until he did a complete turnaround on his VP nominee Senator Eagleton, supporting him 100% in public but in private forcing him off the ticket, that the public comprehended his duplicity in political matters. “Image of candor chief casualty of Eagleton affair” was the title of the article by William Greider which best explained how McGopvern blew it.
McGovern was running for President during my high school years (was too young to vote by one year), and I did consider myself to be a Democrat at the time. But I wanted to see Scoop Jackson get the nomination. I did not like McGovern’s anti-military stance at the time, and I was planning a career in the military. I was also following the Soviet build up at the time as well (the high school library stayed current with Jane’s Fighting Ships, and I was the first to get my hands on the latest).
He was one of my professors at the University of New Orleans in 1981. Interesting guy, though I was at antipodes to him politically. The historian Stephen Ambrose was another of my professors. Good school, UNO.
I worked long and hard in SD to get him out of the senate.
A good man, in spite of his decidedly hard-left political leanings.. a far sight different than the demented moonbats who run the democrat party these days.
McGovern is obviously in political error, in that once his value to the party had ended, and he was over the age of 65, he should have immediately committed assisted suicide.
Doubly so because he failed the agenda, and there is only one punishment for failure.
It shows doctrinal failure on their part that the Democrat party has so many superfluous and consumptive “elders” that by their own lights should have been deleted as ‘non-persons’.
It’d be a shame if he passes before Obama takes his title away for major electoral ass-whupping of the century.. passing the baton to the next generation of politicos with agendas.
WW2 B-24 pilot, decent guy, misdirected at times in his life. Read the book, Wild Blue - good story. May he find comfort and peace.
Oh BS! He was a worthless rat bastard who towed the rat party line and aided and assisted the enemy by doing everything he could to get us out of Viet Nam. It's politicians like him who wouldn't let us win.
As I recall he was for fags in the military as well. (There was SOME reason the fudge-packers all
backed liked him.) TYPICAL libtard!
Here's hoping he can pass on the mantle to Obama before he passes on himself.
McGovern, and his McGovern Amendment, etc, was responsible for the deaths of many of my Cambodian and Vietnamese friends.
In fact, he was indirectly responsible for the horrible death by flaying of a pro-Khmer Rouge Cambodian professor here in the US, Sokom Hing. Hing went back to Cambodia after acting as a key member of the Hanoi Lobby here during the war, told the KR that he was their representative in the US, and they tortured him to death in the main torture center in Phnom Penh.
McGovern abandoned the Cambodians to the No. Vietnamese/KR by his actions.
I don’t forgive the Nazis who sent my European family to the gas chambers of Auschwitz and Belzec, why should I forget McGovern for making another Holocaust/genocide possible?
He was a fool and people died because of it. If a member of your family or circle died because of someone’s blind stupidity, would you forgive them? I forgive those who truly repent, not those who make excuses for the harm they have done.
I hope he lives long enough to see Obama go down in flames.