I’m pulling out something from a few years ago, when I first started fighting the Ohio Statehouse when they wanted to institute a footwear rule. You can see all those posts here.
Along the way, I did a few interviews. I recently came across one I did for the NPR program Whad’Ya Know? with Michael Feldman.
It’s rather interesting.
This is from way back in May of 2010. The Statehouse Board had just passed a footwear rule, but then had to rescind it because they hadn’t followed the rules for making rules. (Really!)
Here’s the interview. It’s about 11 minutes long. I hope you enjoy it.
There’s a lot to be said for a good interviewer, which Michael Feldman is. (There’s a reason his show has been on the air for so long.)
I find it rather amusing that I’d pretty much forgotten about the interview, or what I’d said. It’s almost like listening to somebody else, and then I’m amazed that I didn’t come across as a total nitwit.
It’s also rather interesting in that I occasionally have an acquaintance mention that they “heard me on the radio”. There’s nothing like a rerun to bring back something old.
And finally, occasionally folks will pooh-pooh activism. What if the activism makes them enact a rule? Why fight it?
I think all the “activism” we need to have rules made is just going about barefoot. That’s what happened with the Statehouse. So, to prevent the rule being made, all I had to have done was, before the rule was made, always make sure to put something on my feet before I entered the place. But that’s really a rule in absentia. If you’re going to do that there might as well be a rule.
Let me also mention that because of my fighting the rule as described in the interview, it took another 2 years before any rule finally went into effect. That was 2 years I could still go in there barefoot. And actually, I still go in there barefoot, because as part of all the excitement, I let it be known how going barefoot helps my joints, etc., so they write me an exemption. (It’s a pain in the butt to get one every time before I want to visit, though.)
But anyways, have fun listening to the interview.