October 24, 2012
George was a threat to the heavy breathers in the Democratic Party. He had a quaint belief that the Democratic Party should be small "d" democratic. And in 1972 McGovern, with lots of students and anti-war believers, proved that a grassroots campaign could work. McGovern was the Democratic Party nominee that year. The high-rollers were relieved that McGovern lost nearly every state. They decided to make certain the McGovern formula would never work again.
I will write a longer blog post soon, but for today let us pause to say thanks to a good man. He was our inspiration.
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Ed, to say that "They decided to make certain the McGovern formula would never work again" supposes that it ever worked in the first place. Judging by the historical record, it was a colossal failure.
-David Blaska | The Emerald City | October 24, 2012
It did work? It lead to a nominee of, by and for the people. The Dems didn't support his nomination. Just one of the many reasons I won't be voting Democratic this year.
-Dole O'mite | Waukesha County | October 24, 2012
For people with short memories, here's the results from the 1964 presidential race where LBJ stomped Goldwater. Just in.
With 61.9% turnout, the electoral vote was 486 to 52. The popular vote was 43,127,041 to 27,175,754 (61.1% to 38.5% ).
Contrast that to 1972's election with 55.2% turnout, the electoral vote was 520 to 17, and the popular vote was 47,168,710 to 29,173,222 (60.7% to 37.5%).
Yep, you read that right: McGovern had more votes than Goldwater with lower turnout. (Yes I'm aware of the +/- 6 million more voters in 1972)
It took America's king of B-movies sixteen years after Goldwater to give Oscar-winning performances to revive the fake conservatism movement.
Today, America's love affair with being a long con victim is about over and you can see it with people holding their noses when they're voting this time.
Ultimately, McGovern's way will be given another chance based on the results of the tweedledee and tweedledum two-party monopoly where the goal is to prevent change.
As the producer of the documentary "One Brief Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern" said about the two now famous McGovern campaign volunteers, Bill & Hillary Clinton, they learned nothing and ended up be bag men for the Mafia.
Ps: Here's an example of how different Nixon's GOP is from the fringe GOP today: Nixon almost got a Family Assistance Plan bill passed that provided a Guaranteed Minimum Income. Even Nixon would be kicked out of today's GOP for entertaining such "socialist" ideas.
-Mad Hemingway | Heart of Badger country | October 24, 2012
Mad, Don't forget Nixon also founded the EPA, the current boogie man of the republican party. I won't be holding my nose this year, I'll be voting for Dr. Jill Stein. No more lesser of two evils for me.
-Dole O'Mite | Waukesha County | October 25, 2012
The conservative movement is "fake"? LOL. If you want to pretend that Scott Walker, Ron Johnson, Paul Ryan, Scott Fitzgerald, Glenn Grothman, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, George Will, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Susan Martinez, Grover Norquist -- be my guest!
-David Blaska | The Emerald City | October 26, 2012
Yep, today's "conservative" movement is as fake as a $3 bill.
It's a bunch of old white guys. It hates women. It hates working people. It hates poor people. It hates brown people, black people, yellow people, red people. It hates tolerance. It hates diversity. It hates people voting. It hates unions. It hates peace. It hates critical thinking. It hates dissent. It hates change. It hates the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It hates democracy. It hates government.
It loves money and it loves showing off. It loves god and guns. It loves the Old Testament. It loves wars. It loves spying on people. It loves discrimination. It loves tax breaks, subsidies, and government handouts (think WalMart). It loves wasting money on war & war machinery. It loves locking people up. It loves obedience. It loves occupation and invasion of other countries. It loves war criminals. It loves intruding in people's homes and bedrooms. It loves aristocracy. It loves America (it just hates the people that live here).
It's homophobic, illiterate, ignorant, and hypocritical. It can't win on its own ideas, so it cheats.
Most rich conservatives have inherited their money. They think wives should be subservient. They couldn't pass a Constitution test to save their damned lives.
Go back to Barry Goldwater, the father of the modern conservatism, and see how far the modern conservative movement has strayed. (no, Reagan was not the father of conservatism)
As far as Scott Walker, he's a poor man's Richard Nixon.
Paul Ryan, if it paid more he'd be a professional Liberal (and he still looks like Eddie Munster).
-Mad Hemingway | Heart of Badger country | October 26, 2012