The Reason Why
I know this article by George McGovern is linked on many pages, as it should be.
I was too young to vote when he was running for president but his candidacy was a point of thought and discussion (and arguments) in my home and school. My father didn't agree and didn't vote for him, but he respected and listened to my views. It was fun arguing with my father, and was a defining moment in my life. I learned then that I would always cherish my right to vote and that my views would be voiced by that one small vote.
Things have come around again now. It's good to hear McGovern speaking out, even if it is a limited media, as he writes:
I'm grateful to The Nation, as I was to Harper's, for giving me opportunities to write about these matters. Major newspapers, especially the Washington Post, haven't been nearly as receptive.
He also writes:
I had thought after that horrible tragedy--sold to the American people by our policy-makers as a mission of freedom and mercy--that we never again would carry out a needless, ill-conceived invasion of another country that had done us no harm and posed no threat to our security. I was wrong in that assumption.
This time around, my father and I have no argument.
posted by Cyndy