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RIP George McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012)

  1. Oct 21, 2012 #1


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    George McGovern died this morning in hospice surrounded by family.


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    George McGovern dies

    He was the Democratic presidential candidate 40 years ago, losing to Richard Nixon in a landslide. This was the campaign during which the Watergate break-in took place, which led to Nixon's downfall a couple of years later.


    That was the first year that I voted for President, via absentee ballot from Germany, where I was spending a semester under my college's study-abroad program.

    The family that I was living with was very impressed by the ballot package that I received by mail from my hometown board of elections. Not only did I vote for President, I also voted for governor, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state legislator, county commissioner, county board of education, sheriff, etc. etc.

    I had to take a trip into town (Hamburg), to the U.S. Consulate, in order to have my ballot notarized before I could mail it back.

    The German ballot for the parliamentary election which took place at about the same time was very simple, in contrast. They basically simply voted for the party that they wanted to represent them, which determined their local representative and the Chancellor (head of the party). Willy Brandt's Social Democrats won that one, by the way. Local and state elections were held on other dates.
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    He should be remembered fondly for his anti-war stance in the face of the jingoism that surrounded the VietNam war movement. Most politicians are not so principled, much to our detriment.
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