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George McGovern was a great American Â He served is country in many ways, far more than most of us. Â He was a distinguished United States Senator for South Dakota who represented his state for 18 Â years. Â He was no “chicken hawk” like so many in Washington who want to jam America into a foreign war, but never served a day in the service themselves. Â The Senator Â during World War II flew 35 combat missions as a B-24 bomber pilot and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Â But he was reluctant to get America into wars that did not serve the country’s national interest. He was called unpatriotic for opposing the Vietnam war. Â It was a major theme for him when he ran for president against Richard Nixon in 1972. Â His “bring the troops home” Â sounds like the message from both political parties today.
I had the chance to visit with Senator McGovern on several occasions, the last time a few years back at the World War II museum in New Orleans. Â He was always thoughtful, polite, but opinionated. Â He represented the best of America, and we need more such thoughtful politicians in washington today. Â The Senator quietly passed away this week at the age of 90.