News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 13, 2013

RONN MOTT: A radio interview with our congressman

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — The other day, after the paper carried my column about having lunch with Congressman Larry Bucshon, I got a rather surprise response … my brother called me and asked if I had turned Republican. I guess he thought I was a little too soft on Dr. Bucshon and his record as congressman.

Then, as sure as lightning in a thunderstorm, someone wrote to the paper and accused me of not being fair. I had made reference to the “No” caucus, which is a group of right-wing, Tea Party Republicans who take special pride in saying no to their GOP leadership. The writer thought I should hang it on the Democrats. The writer was wrong, but the far right is deeply embodied in only one way of thinking and that leads to their hard-nosed attitude on anything that demands some honest thought and compromising a position.

I invited Congressman Bucshon to join me on the radio for a discussion of people, places and things. We will do this recording on Wednesday and it will air at 8 a.m. Sunday (Focus on the Community, WAXI 104.9).

I don’t expect there to be a lot of agreement but, as I told the congressman, we’ll be fair in our approach to it and try to get to some of the differences where we don’t agree. It should be entertaining as all get out.

As I wrote earlier, Larry Bucshon is rather quiet and doesn’t make noise like a typical politician. But, make no mistake, he is one.

I don’t suppose I will get any of my opinions changed and I’m sure I won’t change the congressman’s, but the important thing in the interview will be a dialogue and an exchange of ideas. That is something that has been missing in Congress since the Tea Party grabbed the Republican leadership by the throat.

I do not have any desire to run for political office, especially the U.S. Congress, because it’s so much more fun pointing my finger and laughing my head off. Not too many people remember Will Rogers, but asked one time why he didn’t have a lot of comedic writers for his weekly radio show, he said he didn’t need them … all he had to do was report on Congress and the laughs would be there. That was in the 1930s and, sure enough, some things just don’t change.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.