During the 1972 presidential election, voters had choice between the war mongering, mass-murdering, lying thief 'Dick' Nixon and Democrat challenger Senator George McGovern.
McGovern had been to war during WWII (He flew 35 combat missions as a B-24 bomber pilot in Europe, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross) and knew first hand the barbarity involved and wanted nothing to do with the continuing slaughter against the Vietnamese people.
During WWII, the US Army's Air Force suffered the highest casualty rate in the European Theater of War.
Nixon served in the Navy during WII, but saw no combat.
Nixon was blood thirsty SOB, willing to keep killing people forever.
Guess who won?
One could draw a good comparison between the 1972 elections and the 2000 one, and both times the war monger won.
The at large war criminal, the lying, thieving mass-murdering GW Bush saw no combat during the Vietnam War. He was hiding in the NG and too busy drinking, snorting cocaine and partying to serve his country. Why take a chance on getting killed when you can stay home and live in comfort?
In January 1968, with the Vietnam war in full swing, Bush was due to graduate from Yale. Knowing he'd soon be eligible for the draft, he took an air force officers' test hoping to secure a billet with the Texas Air National Guard, which would allow him to do his military service at home. Bush didn't do particularly well on the test — on the pilot aptitude section, he scored in the 25th percentile, the lowest possible passing grade. But Bush's father, George H.W., was then a U.S. congressman from Houston, and strings were pulled. The younger Bush vaulted to the head of a long waiting list — a year and a half long, by some estimates — and in May of '68 he was inducted into the guard.Source
In August [of 1972] Bush missed his annual flight physical and was grounded. (Some have speculated that he was worried about failing a drug test — the Pentagon had instituted random screening in April.)
In September he was ordered to report to a different unit of the Alabama guard, the 187th Tactical Reconnaissance Group in Montgomery. Bush says he did so, but his nominal superiors say they never saw the guy, there's no documentation he ever showed up, and not one of the six or seven hundred soldiers then in the unit has stepped forward to corroborate Bush's story.
When presidential candidate George McGovern took on incumbent Richard Nixon in 1972, no one really expected him to win – and he didn’t. But in his bold, grassroots, seat-of-the-pants campaign, which energized young and progressive Americans to a degree never before seen, we find the genesis of today's powerful and sophisticated progressive movement.
Using a wealth of amazing archival materials, interviews with provocative figures including historian Howard Zinn, and extensive interviews with McGovern himself, this “tremendously thought-provoking tribute to the one man who could have dramatically and permanently altered America’s political landscape for the better [is] essential viewing.”