Rest in Peace George McGovern
I wonder how many people remember that this soft-spoken man who became everyone's stereotype of the "bleeding heart liberal" was an ace fighter pilot in World War II and a decorated hero of the Battle of Guadalcanal (together with another famous "bleeding heart liberal," the late Bishop Paul Moore). If anyone had a right to condemn a pointless war, a colonial war we inherited from the French that made a lot of people a lot of money (the real winners were the military contractors like Kellogg Brown and Root, or "Kellogg Burn and Loot" as it was known to American troops), it was George McGovern.
If time and chance had conspired differently, and McGovern won in 1972, the USA would have been out of Vietnam much sooner with fewer dead on all sides. The outcome of that war would still have been the same.
George McGovern was the last heir to that populist progressivism that once included everyone from Eugene V. Debs to William Jennings Bryan. That progressivism saw all Americans as stake-holders in their country regardless of wealth or position. And now the imperial oligarchy McGovern resisted all his life seems poised to take over permanently and bring to an end the world's oldest constitutional democracy. Perhaps in the end, the real prophets of the future will be Dick Cheney and Vladimir Putin.
May George McGovern have the Peace that Passes All Understanding as the American Empire he resisted so stubbornly buries him with grudging ceremony.