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A Real American Hero
Foreign Policy, by Todd Gitlin

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Posted By:abuela10, 10/21/2012 9:00:53 AM

George McGovern's father was a miner turned Methodist minister, and the future senator grew up poor. No matter, perhaps: There are children of ministers who grew up poor in once-populist strongholds during the Great Depression and then devote their lives to forgetting where they came from or priding themselves on having pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and left the losers trailing in the dust. COMMENTS (0) SHARE: Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit More... There were no doubt other 19-year-olds beside George McGovern, who, on hearing the news from Pearl Harbor, rushed off to enlist in the Army Air Forces.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: fhancock, 10/21/2012 9:12:25 AM     (No. 8949674)

In the grand scheme of things George McGovern through his lot in with the Communists...you can say he was a liberal and not a Communist but at the end of the day when push came to shove his rhetoric and his senate votes encouraged and helped the Socialists and Communists in the world...I thank him for his WW II service but not so much the rest of his public service

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mikeyt64, 10/21/2012 9:13:20 AM     (No. 8949679)

Stopped reading when author said GI Bill is detetsted by bascially tea partiers. Liberal clap trap.....done.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bighambone, 10/21/2012 9:22:55 AM     (No. 8949700)

Exactly who has been putting down the G.I. Bill?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lazlototh, 10/21/2012 9:24:41 AM     (No. 8949704)

I detested most of McGovern's politics but I respect his service to the country, especially in the military. He also had the integrity to come out against card check legislation and other thuggery. I don't agree that he was a communist - unfortunately he had the same desperation for peace at ANY price that the end result was often the same.

OTOH the author is a fool. The GI bill isn't nanny state, it's a way to pay back for sacrifices what we can't ever pay back in full.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mainelysane, 10/21/2012 9:28:57 AM     (No. 8949714)

I confess to voting for him in 1972. I was in college as an undergraduate. I was cured of such nonsense after living in Boston for only a few months. I learned the insanity of liberalism on the streets of Boston.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Scrubber, 10/21/2012 9:34:49 AM     (No. 8949722)

Uh, you might want to read what the great Stephen E. Ambrose wrote about McGovern. They were close friends, yet Ambrose said, in a roundabout way, McGovern shirked his duty in WWII as a pilot.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: harleynyc, 10/21/2012 9:36:09 AM     (No. 8949727)

Another byte of rewritten history.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: papasparky, 10/21/2012 9:39:25 AM     (No. 8949738)

Google author's name and click on Wiki, and there in the first paragraph you will see words like "students for a democratic society, demonstrator against Vietnam war, sit in at Chase Manhattan Bank".

I went no further and clicked the back button and typed this reply.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: fireman28, 10/21/2012 9:45:06 AM     (No. 8949759)

Last week one of the radio talking heads outline McGovern's voting record.

Not what I would call liberal; more communist maybe.

TEA party members most likely served in the military and definitely like the GI bill. It was EARNED. There are many things which were promised young men/women when they joined the military.

By the time they retired those benefits had disappeared. Ask a vet.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 10/21/2012 9:45:56 AM     (No. 8949764)

Another Commie bites the dust.

Just a few more hundred million and we will have it balanced out for all the innocent lives taken in the cause of the "Dictatorship of the Proletariat'.

This man was no lover of Liberty.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: MickTurn, 10/21/2012 9:48:29 AM     (No. 8949779)

Rather he started off real good and went really bad once his brain was polluted by politics.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: kahunavol, 10/21/2012 9:52:17 AM     (No. 8949791)

A quote from the git who wrote this piece
"My generation of the New Left — a generation that grew as the [Vietnam] war went on — relinquished any title to patriotism without much sense of loss. All that was left to the Left was to unearth righteous traditions and cultivate them in universities. The much-mocked political correctness of the next academic generations was a consolation prize. We lost — we squandered the politics — but won the textbooks."

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Constitutional, 10/21/2012 11:44:34 AM     (No. 8950080)

I won't speak ill of the dead.

I will however, say that the author of this story is a deluded idiot with a biased agenda.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: lakerman1, 10/21/2012 12:00:32 PM     (No. 8950121)

I will agree that mcgovern's wwII service should be honored. But I would remind you what bill clinton's minions did to President George H.W. Bush in 1992.
Bush was a navy pilot at age 18, the youngest in the navy. But Carville and Begala said that he 'jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.' (His aircraft was shot down in the pacific.)
Just how disgusting are carville and begala?
We will find out in 2016.

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