Getting to know Laura Ebke, debating with her, and contributing to this blog, generously hosted by her, has been an incredibly enriching experience for me. In decisive ways, Laura has helped me shape and change my political views.
Thanks, Laura, for a great opportunity to grow.
Most notably, I have learned to appreciate an exceedingly important side of the world that previously I had little understanding of, namely:
- the importance of participating in the processes of political competition and influencing government in order to support, hone, and defend a free, open, and tolerant society.
Not only has Laura been an important influence in making me aware of the problems and dangers of politics and the state, her thoughts and personal example have encouraged me to appreciate politics and the governmental dimension as critical factors in promoting, shaping, and protecting a free society.
She is my ideal candidate for a political office.
In my endorsement of April 2014, I wrote:
Laura represents and lives a wonderful tradition unavailable to me in Germany; since getting to know her in 2007, I have been greatly enriched by sharing in that great American tradition.
I wish I had someone of Laura's calibre to vote for over here.
Principled and empathetic, Laura combines the discernment of a thoughtful political scientist with the best practical skills and instincts of a representative.
I have not always agreed with Laura. What I remember most vividly from our occasional disagreements or differences in priorities is a sense that she was always sincerely interested in understanding the different perspective, and that, therefore, she was able to actually grasp my standpoint and to truly care for what mattered to me.
Laura is genuinely sensitive to the concerns of those with different views - one of the rarest and most important qualities in a good politician.
No post that I have written for RedStateEclectic has ever been coordinated with Laura, including the present post which will be a complete novelty to her once she gets round to reading it. I hope she will like it. Even more strongly,
I hope that in running for the 32rd Legislative seat Laura will come out the winner, once more.