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003_ Interview: let rob be rob

14 October, 2020 - 3 min read

003_ Interview: let rob be rob

Hey there, and thank you for tuning your dial to the third episode of _bandwidth: coast to coast.

This episode’s guest I found while attempting to use social media as a pulse on politics in America.

I hear the establishment messages from both factions, whether I want to or not. But what’s the message on the ground? What are the ideas being spread? Who are the people speaking these ideas out?

Consistently a thematic individual, I thought it would be a good play to make this episode one where we look forward on what could be.

Plato said in the Republic, One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

What if, instead of sneering at elected officials for being blatantly unfit individuals, people that were closer to a kind, loyal, persevering friend you may know, were the ones who entered office?

Culture is both what we do actively, but also what we allow passively.

And, Rob is anything but passive.

After listening to this episode, I encourage you to check out Rudyard Kippling’s poem, If, and see if your mind quickly wanders to Rob. Kippling wrote the poem as a message to his grandson, but it could as easily be a story about Rob.

Building a construction business, becoming successful and employing others, just to have the housing market and whole economy fall out. People stop being able to pay for the construction on their homes, business fails, Rob loses his house, moves his family, starts over in his home of Louisiana within nothing but his family and an old bass guitar, succeeds again and now, is running for congress.

This was an incredibly inspiring conversation for me to have.

One quick note before it starts, this was recorded shortly after hurricane Laura and Rob was talking with me from the road after checking the damage to his house.

So the connection cuts out a few times, but we did our best to make the conversation fluid.

This episode is going live shortly after hurricane Delta knocked power out at Rob’s house yet again.

Frequent, intense weather, this is all just the start.

But, without further adieu, my conversation with Rob Anderson Congressional Candidate for Louisiana’s 3rd district.

This was an excerpt from the intro essay to _bandwidth: coast to coast

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