Rocky Anderson earned a reputation as a vocal critic of George W. Bush. But he also seems to be no fan of the Obama administration. Shauna Lake sat down person to person to hear what the former mayor of Salt Lake City has been up to.
Shauna Lake: It is nice to see you. It's been a while. I was just saying you haven't been in the headlines for a little while. You've been keeping a little bit more of a low profile in seems.
Rocky Anderson: I've still been very active but yeah, I certainly haven't had the media attention.
Shauna Lake: Tell me a little bit about what you're doing right now.
Rocky Anderson: Ok, right now I'm spending most of my time teaching 2 courses at the University of Utah. I have great students. One is in a class on media and mass deception and the other course is on how radically our Constitutional Republic is being transformed.
Shauna Lake: It seems like you were always fighting for the downtrodden. It seems like you were passionate in your stance--in really seeking out the underdog in our society and making those causes known.
Rocky Anderson: There are so many people who go without justice. So yeah, when I could help out people who didn't have access to our system, who weren't getting a fair shake I always felt that it was really important that I do what I can. My view is don't be in government if you're not going to make sure that government isn't going to be doing good things for the people.
Shauna Lake: Did you grow up; were your parents politically minded activists... so to speak?
Rocky Anderson: They were Republicans. That's when the Republicans were pretty moderate reasonable people.
Shauna Lake: You don't like Republicans at all do you?
Rocky Anderson: It's not that I don't like republicans. I don't much like Democrats and the way they've caved in. I think that we're really losing so much of our republic and how the founders set it all up; and now with the very corrupt campaign system the corrupting influence of money is destroying our democracy.
Shauna Lake: How do you think Utah does comparatively as a state? Talking about state government, the economy, how do you think Utah fares nationwide?
Rocky Anderson: I think we're run in a very efficient way. Luckily our economy is diverse. We're not like Detroit. It's not going to rise and fall on any one industry and our employment rate has always been really good compared to the rest of the country. We're very fortunate in a lot of ways but were not doing as well as we should be, given our demographics, given all the advantages we have with things like education or the provision of healthcare, especially with those in need.
Shauna Lake: Do you think it just becomes too overwhelming to make changes though?
Rocky Anderson: Everybody can make a difference.
Shauna Lake: Do you feel that way truly?
Rocky Anderson: Absolutely I wouldn't be doing what Ive been doing for all these years. You don't have to be a lawyer or a politician or in the media; you don't even have to have a real public voice to make a difference.
Shauna Lake: I was studying about you and the one thing that really matters to you is your son and your relationship with your son. You have one son is that correct? Was he an impetus for how passionate you are about politics and just wanting to see the world be a better place and a change for the better?
Rocky Anderson: I used to speak about this and if I said his name I would get teary eyed. And I dont do that. Im not like John Boehner, but yeah I think we all need to watch out for those in the future. We need to leave a better world. I remember the day he was born there was a little book in the bedroom of the hospital and I sort of wrote my pledge that day that I would do everything in my power to try and make a better world.
Shauna Lake: When you're gone, and I know it will be a long time from now, what would you want people to say about you? What would you want people to remember you for.
Rocky Anderson: I think that he did what he could to make this a better world both for those who are here now and mostly for those who werent able, perhaps to help themselves and for those who come along in the future.
Shauna Lake: Well were lucky that youre doing that for us and we're lucky to have you. It's so good to get to know you better person to person. Thank you so much.
-Written and produced by Angie Denison
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)