Mr. Kovach's Decision
I just received another e-mail from Mr. Tom Kovach. He is the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Tennessee's 5th district (my district). Here is his website. Here it is, with my response to it at the end. I have enjoyed this conversation.
Thank you for a constructive dialogue.
You stated your case quite well, and used an excellent
analogy. The "if you drive a VW, then you have Nazi
leanings" example got my attention.
In the case of the Rhodes scholarship program, I think
that the applicants go through so much screening that
they must, at some point, realize that they are
expected to follow Cecil Rhodes' program as they go
out into the world. But, you are right in that
stating so is a needless distraction.
The same could be said for the Green Party connections
to European terrorists. Even though the point is
absolutely true, it is a needless distraction.
After sending my reply earlier today, I mulled over
where any dialogue might lead. One of the
possibilities that I considered was to simply remove
the "burr in the saddle" from my Web site. Given that
you have suggested the same thing, it seems like a
I had several places to be this afternoon. Whenever
I'm away from my computer for long, the e-mail piles
up. But, sometime within the next 24 hours, those
particular contentious portions of my Web site will be
gone. I do not consider my move to be a "surrender",
but a reasonable measure in reply to a reasonable
presentation of a reasonable point.
And, yes, you're right. I was being a bit defensive
with that one remark. Other bloggers have made some
rather sweeping and ridiculous remarks about me, and I
"transferred" some of their behavior onto you. I'm
sorry. (That is one of my weaknesses.)
However, just as you were challenging me to make a
better presentation of my campaign, I was also
challenging you to "go for it" by standing up for what
you believe. If one believes in one's views strongly
enough, then they will stand up in the political
arena. That, ultimately, was my point.
Healthy competition is what makes America strong. So
is a healthy exchange of ideas. Sometimes, a few
sparks fly. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It
is a reflection of the "high voltage" of the people
that take the time to examine politics and current
I'm curious what you meant by "way out of the ballpark
on illegal immigration". Perhaps that could be a
topic for another of your blog threads.
PS: Yes, feel free to post this e-mail, also.
And here is the text of the e-mail I sent back to him.
Hey Mr. Kovach,
Thank you for your e-mail. I don't think you are surrendering anything, either. I think you said it very well. I know that I have many times overstated myself in certain ways, and have not always had the courage to go back and make that small correction.
I'm sorry that you have taken some heat on the internet. That's why I don't think I could do what you are doing. I take things personally and get all bent out of shape.
And I totally understand your response to me (the defensive thing). I am the king of being defensive, that's why its so easy for me to spot! So, I forgive you. No problem.
You seem like a good and reasonable man. I hope you do well in your bid for Congress. We could certainly use some good and reasonable men up there in Washington.
PS: Maybe I should post about illegal immigration. That might be an interesting dialog. I'll let you know if I do.