In any case, I don’t see myself as a collector of interviews—what I really want to do is to tell stories. And so what I found is that the tool of the interview is very useful. When you begin a real dialogue with someone, you find that everyone has something to tell, a story to share, but we need to listen.
“We have a leader that can validate [insane belief systems], and it’s just like how Bigfoot is a leader to a lot of people.”
“I got an 11-day PhD in Washington scumbaggery. I have a better idea of how these people operate now, and what they’re really all about, and how they really don’t give a shit about the American people.”
“Run 100 miles an hour the other way from the kind of bitterness, polarization and division that we see happening in many places of the world”
I’ve seen what happens when good people don’t stand up in the face of tyranny. I had to ask myself, am I going to be part of the problem, or part of the solution?
The great challenge is to fully recognize the value of the other. If I don’t recognize the value of the other, I will never be part of the solution, I will always be part of the problem.
I just believe we have to invest in people directly—tangibly—so that they, we, the people, can have the tools to do what we do. We are the creators, we are the dreamers, we are the innovators, we do the work.
Running for Congress is not something for the faint of heart, I always thought that I’d never have the ego to run for Congress. But then I realized, while I don’t have that kind of self-interest, I do have the urgency of the families in my district, and that’s why I’m doing this.