George McGovern was the first man I voted for to be president.
He lost the 1972 election to a hateful, arrogant, and criminal incumbent. Richard Nixon was not a nice man. He later resigned because men of conscience were still in government, and they were going to impeach him. Some of those men were even Republicans.
Gone are the days. Just like today, the nation was fighting a very unpopular war that was both unjust and none of our business. The country was divided into true believers of the president and the war, and those who saw no sense in continuing the slaughter. Also similar to our recent history, a veteran who knew the horrors of war thought the quagmire needed to end and ran for president. McGovern, a B-24 pilot in World War II, ran for the presidency to restore both peace and moral standing to our country.
Americans were told by Nixon to be afraid of Communism and crime and drugs and hippies. He was a racist, and played his “Southern Strategy” to gain the votes from white Southerners who were fearful and angry over the civil rights movement. He lied about having a secret plan. He pledged to bring an “honorable end” to the war. Voters believed their “War President”. Nixon went on behaving as if his bunch were above the law. This was a man who said, “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal”.
There seems to be a lot of that thinking going around lately.
There is also a lot of thinking going on about impeachment, too. You’d never know it from watching TV news or reading corporate print media. The federal government is far more infected with powerful corporate influence than it was in 1972. Nixon would be called a liberal by today’s bought-and-paid-for Washington. The Constitution takes a back seat to politics and power, even in the so-called opposition party.
Shamefully, there are pathetically few politicians with a conscience these days. Very few are willing to call for the Constitutional mechanism designed to address the corrupt and criminal acts of Bush, Cheney and company.
The politicians are betraying the very soul of our nation and violating their sworn oaths to protect the Constitution. They are weak willed enablers of the destruction of our nation’s founding principles.
Citizens, on the other hand, are more aware than politicians imagine. Politicians cannot, or will not face the fact that over half the people in the country want Cheney and Bush investigated for impeachment.
There have been a few brave representatives signing on to Kucinich’s impeachment resolution for Cheney. Far too few. Where is the voice in the wilderness to inspire this miserable dysfunctional government?
Maybe it will be George McGovern. He was a real hero for his bravery in the Second World War. He is once again a hero. He is calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney in today’s Washington Post. Please read it and pass it on.
Impeach George W. Bush
Now the question is, who will listen to a man who once defended our country from fascism. Who will defend this country from fascism today?