He was regularly ahead of the times in correctly challenging momentous injustices. For this a majority of voters land-slided Watergate-afflicted Richard Nixon to a second term in 1972. From this defeat, McGovern emerged with grace and pressed for more initiatives for the public good, unperturbed by a lack of public gratitude.
He had his own unflagging moral compass. What a loss to the country and the oppressed people of the world!