Saturday, December 3, 2011

George McGovern

Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern, who lost in a landslide to Richard Nixon in 1972, has suffered a fall and is in stable condition.  I have always been intrigued by McGovern because the 1972 election is the first Presidential election that I remember.  In fact, I campaigned against him in the parallel election held by the 4th graders at Shaker Road Elementary (that election was a landslide also).

McGovern is well known as an exemplar of American liberalism and as a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War.  He is less well known as a war hero and B-24 pilot. After he left politics he opened an inn in Vermont, his first foray into the private sector.  He learned a lot about the negative effects of regulation and lawsuits on small businesses, something that many of his political progeny among today's liberal politicians seem incapable of understanding.  He is also opposed to card-check legislation.