…and he voted for George McGovern for president…

Title Courtesy of: Charlie Daniels, “Uneasy Rider”

George Stanley McGovern was born at Avon, South Dakota on this day in 1922 and grew up in nearby Mitchell. He graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University, took private flying lessons to overcome his fear of heights, then joined the Civilian Pilot Training Program before enlisting in the Army Air Force. He flew 35 missions over enemy territory in his B-24 bomber, named Dakota Queen. After the war he went to seminary, was ordained as a Methodist minister, but left the ministry to take a PhD in history at Northwest University at Evanston, Illinois. He was an active supporter of Henry Wallace and the Progressive Party in 1948, became a Democrat after hearing Adlai Stevenson in 1952. He served two terms in the House, served as director of the Food for Peace program, then won a Senate seat in 1962 which he held for three terms. He ran for president on an anti-war platform against Richard Nixon in 1972, losing in the most lopsided electoral defeat in modern history. Since leaving the Senate in 1980 he has taught history and campaigned for international food programs.

“I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”

“No man should advocate a course in private that he's ashamed to admit in public.”

“It is simply untrue that all our institutions are evil,… that all politicians are mere opportunists, that all aspects of university life are corrupt. Having discovered an illness, it's not terribly useful to prescribe death as a cure.”

“Politics is an act of faith; you have to show some kind of confidence in the intellectual and moral capacity of the public.”

“The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plane.”

“You know, sometimes, when they say you're ahead of your time, it's just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing.”

     – George Stanley McGovern

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10 Responses to …and he voted for George McGovern for president…

  1. TVNews says:

    I rest my case.

  2. jimr says:

    Well I would hope that Libby wouldn’t vote for me, at least not till she had learned about who I was, what I stand for, and what my vision is.

    I am not the average politician Libby, actually, I hate the word, and prefer the Winston Churchill definition of statesman instead.

    Mr. Churchill said, a politician is more concerned about staying in office, whereas a statesman is more concerned about the people who put him there.

  3. TVNews says:

    I recommend we all vote for Jim.

  4. jimr says:

    She’s got you there TV [:)]

  5. Libby says:

    Thanks Jimr. I’m not familiar with the song. I don’t follow country music. The only song the Charlie Daniels Band made that I’m familiar with and love is “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”.

    TV, if you would recommend a “quality candidate” to me, I assure you I wouldn’t vote for them. I’d consider the source.

  6. TVNews says:


    Don’t lose hope. There is still the chance that you will improve the quality of candidate you vote for.

  7. jimr says:

    Libby, it was in reference to the title of this blog post, which came from the song, “Uneasy Rider” by the Charlie Daniels Band. TV was just showing me, that he knows the song as well [:)]

  8. Libby says:

    I admit I voted for George McGovern and not for Richard Nixon in 72. I loved his philosophy then and still do today and I love all his quotes, but my favorite of those you’ve cited is #1.

    TV: Please explain your comment to me. I’m clueless.

  9. jimr says:

    I think I will re-route my trip, I wonder if anybody would think I flipped, if I went to LA via Omaha [:)]

    One of the best songs ever, IMHO

  10. TVNews says:

    I don’t even have a garage! You can call home and ask my wife.