I just read that a personal hero of mine, George McGovern, died this morning. I won’t get overly political. Let’s just say that I found a lot to admire in the man: An intellect and scholar with a common touch, a war hero who fought for peace, a political reformer and champion of the down-trodden. Most of all, he was a good man. I can’t explain it - something just rang true about the guy.
In 1972 - the first Presidential campaign I was eligible to vote in - I proudly cast my ballot for McGovern. I knew he was going to lose in a landslide to Nixon, but at least I had the satisfaction of standing up and being counted. Being a natural born depressive inclined to manic flights of thinking, I naturally interpreted the election result as being the beginning of the end of America.
In just about every election since, I have come to the same conclusion. And, of course, with the brain I was born with, there is no way of convincing me I am wrong. But the crazy brain I was born with also makes me an eternal optimist, one who draws inspiration from brave, the good, the decent. Never mind the long odds - McGovern never did, either. Aiming high - staying true - leads to all manner of disappointments, but also to no end of rewards. If we have but one life to live, this is the way to do it.
I know there is a question in this. Why don’t we go with:
Values you admire, men and women who live by those values - tell us about it.
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Published On: October 21, 2012
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