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realclearworld

Not this conservative…

Sorry Cal, but I think your feelings, while admirable, are clouding your judgment.

Senator McGovern, who died Sunday, had all manner of evil said about him because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. He was called unpatriotic, disloyal, an appeaser and an enabler of communism. Those were the printable slanders.

Many conservatives at the time believed in the "domino theory," that if South Vietnam fell to the communists, all Asia would follow. That proved untrue. McGovern was eventually vindicated in many minds about America's involvement in Vietnam.

I will remember him for something other than his politics. George McGovern was a friend. [...]

It is very difficult for me, if not impossible, to reconcile the man Cal Thomas warmly describes as "friend," with the same man who is a "friend" of the mass murderer and destroyer of Cuba. Senator McGovern did embrace communists and communist regimes, as warmly as Cal Thomas embraced him.

3 comments to Not this conservative…

  • Honey

    Cal Thomas often likes to brag about the liberals he is friends with.

  • paul vincent zecchino

    Friends with liberals? How? I don't believe it's possible, as so many of them hold anyone 'not like them' in contempt.

    You can all one friend, but they'll always regard you as inferior. Their hubris knows no limits.

    Success spoiled Thomas. He also fell into the trap of thinking he can play with his leftist counterparts after the work day.

    What he may not get is the left means business and plays for keeps. It's never off duty.

    'thediplomad' dot blogspot has two great articles on McGovern and the real story about the missile crisis.

    '72 was the first election in which I could vote. I was starting college, working at a Navy comm station in Rhode Island as a civilian engineer trainee.

    I'll never forget the gloomy New England spring day when I heard that nitwit Arthur Bremer shot George Wallace and thus ended his candidacy.

    I did not want McGovern for the same reason thediplomad didn't want him, because of all the 'goons' who supported McGovern and thought the viet cong were really nice people.

    They weren't. They were monsters.

    Wallace, despite his segregationist history, had an excellent running mate in General Curtis E. LeMay, who saw two ways to end Viet Nam immediately. Either walk out and live with it, or let the North have it real good and remind the russkies and chicoms there's plenty more where that came from.

    Switched support from Nixon to Wallace my first day on the job at the Navy site, upon learning from my bosses that this beautiful and vital base was being phased out on orders from Nixon, who even then was campaigning on promise he'd keep the bases open in New England.

    He'd already ordered them closed. What else would you expect from rockefelon's man in DC?

  • asombra

    Alas, some people are simply weak-minded.