Today we lost George McGovern

For those too young to remember or so partisan they choose not to remember, Watergate was about the Republican party breaking the law, violating the Constitution they claimed to love, embracing racists and not being called on their lies by a press corps that chose not to call them on those facts (with the sole exception of The Washington Post) with the goal of beating Senator George McGovern in the 1972 presidential campaign.

We have been fighting that Republican philosophy of hatred, corruption and lies to varying degrees ever since it succeeded for them 40 years ago.

This November we are being offered that same choice once again. Do we vote for lies and hatred and bigotry and a view of party and power over country and Constitution or do we tell the GOP and their candidates, "Enough. I refuse to accept your contempt for the nation, its philosophies and its people ever again. Clean these people and their philosophies out of your party or never see the vote of any decent man or woman in this nation."

Today, I choose to vote for those who understand, as Senator McGovern put it, that “the highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher plain”.

Thank you for your decades of service to the cause of calling for us to raise our standards higher, Senator. Your voice will be missed.

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