I have always been fascinated with politics and its power to influence our lives so in 2004 I volunteered as a canvasser for that year’s Presidential campaign. I flew to Cleveland and set myself up in a motel and pitched in to help get out the vote in the poor urban neighborhoods. I recall election night was windy and pouring rain. Gradually these well-intentioned citizens melted away into that miserable night, and I witnessed what I came to believe was the destruction of one of the pillars of democracy— voting. This issue was not caused by a lack of civic engagement, but by the not so mysteriously insufficient number of voting machines. It was then I decided I needed to do something more than knock on doors.
I started by tweeting. But I quickly learned I was only contributing to an echo chamber of people who agreed with me. During this period I started collecting stories from political speeches, interviews and the media and began researching the facts they were supposedly based on. What I discovered was shocking—that such seemingly reasonable people can stretch the truth if not outright lie to satisfy an agenda of the few. So in 2013 when I heard Bobby Jindal say “We’ve got to stop being the stupid party.” I knew I had the answer: a book that brought all the myths and facts together in one place would be the ideal way to make my point.
In some ways this book wrote itself. I had been collecting articles and links so it seemed like a straightforward matter of arranging and editing the information into a coherent package. In reality it was actually a lot harder because I wanted to make sure the reader could find the original source for the point I was making. This was simple with an eBook but we had to create a color scheme for the print book and then format it to display accurately. This required us to produce a color print book, which is expensive. That’s why we decided to make the eBook free for anyone that buys the print book. (By the way, it has 1,500 hyperlinks.)
Even though it is complete I continue to collect and document the discrepancies between “myths” and “facts” on my blog, stupidpartymathvmyth.com. My hope is that it will motivate sporadic voters to participate more, and that it will force conservatives to think more critically about the people they vote for.
Patrick Andendall has always had an interest in politics and, being multicultural, he views issues from a more international perspective. In 2004, five days before the election, he flew to Cleveland and pitched in to help with the political process. What he discovered was the dissolution of the American Dream, which he writes about in his book, Stupidparty.
Educated at English boarding schools from the age of seven, Andendall went on to graduate from Lancing College. He started by sometimes working three jobs at once, trainee Underwriter/claim broker at Lloyd’s of London, his own one man cleaning Company (cleaning the very offices of a Reinsurance Company he would transact business at) plus doing seasonal work on various farms.
Having made some windfall profits by borrowing money in order to be a “Stag” to take advantage of opportunities created by Margaret Thatcher’s de nationalization policies of the mid 1980’s, Andendall evolved into an entrepreneur with a core specialty in Reinsurance in London and New York where he looks for patterns in numbers. Self-employed in a field not normally conducive to self-employment, he is able remain in control, juggle different jobs, travel and pursue his various interests.
Ending up in New York via romance in the African bush, Andendall now lives on Long Island with his wife, two children and two dogs.
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