Many Americans were opposed to the Vietnam War. One of the strongest voices of protest was George McGovern … a South Dakota senator at the time and the Democrats’ 1972 presidential candidate. McGovern knew something about war. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as a bomber pilot in World War Two.
McGovern died last week at the age of 90.
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas wrote last week about his appearances with the liberal McGovern on college campuses. The two men were political opposites, but became good personal friends. That friendship was something some of Thomas’s fellow conservatives couldn’t understand. Thomas didn’t care. He found McGovern to be an “honorable and principled” man.
Politics would not determine the relationship between these two thoughtful, caring men.
Thomas concluded his column: “I shall miss George McGovern as a friend, a fellow American, a patriot, and an example. May he rest in peace”.
Our thought for today is from Voltaire:
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”