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George McGovern: A Conservative's Appreciation

absinthe48 Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 7:45 AM
Back in the mid-'80s I was present at a small after-dinner gathering where George McGovern and Hugh Foot, Lord Caradon, were present. The conversation turned to the morass in the Middle East, and it was dominated by the two statesmen until our hostess suddenly broke in: "I know how to solve the problem. Get the Jews and the Muslims to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior." It certainly interrupted the flow of conversation, and it momentarily startled the two men, but they showed their statesmanship by deflecting our talk to less contentious matters.
Former South Dakota Democratic Senator George McGovern, who died Sunday, had all manner of evil said about him because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. He was called unpatriotic, disloyal, an appeaser and an enabler of communism. Those were the printable slanders.

Many conservatives at the time believed in the "domino theory," that if South Vietnam fell to the communists, all Asia would follow. That proved untrue. McGovern was eventually vindicated in many minds about America's involvement in Vietnam.

I will remember him for something other than his politics. George McGovern was a friend.

After his Senate...