I was sad to read about the passing of George McGovern. In the 1970s, as a Northern Illinois University graduate in history fresh out of the Peace Corps, I went door to door campaigning for him for president in my hometown of Schaumburg. Knowing how dedicated he was to ending our involvement in the Vietnam War while addressing the serious implications behind the infamous Watergate break-in, I would approach local residents with a leaflet to vote for this WWII-decorated peace advocate for the liberal cause of justice and equality for all.
Idealistic and enthusiastic for a better America, I was constantly told that my support for such a man was foolhardy because Richard Nixon was truly the better man to be president and besides the so-called "liberal media" was just trying to stir up some controversial story about the Watergate break-in to undermine the Republican Party presidential ticket.
In retrospect I am so honored to have campaigned for this decent, humble, well-educated human being. The man was on the truthful side of history. In retrospect, my heart feels good to have made such a decision.
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