Monday, February 2, 2015

PUYB Virtual Book Chats with Patrick Andendall, author of 'Stupidparty: Math v Myth #politics @andendall

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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About the Book:

Title: Stupidparty Math V. Myth: Unmasking the Destructive Forces Eroding American Democracy
Author: Patrick Andendall
Publisher: Fact Over Fiction Publishing LTD.
Pages: 408
Genre: Politics
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Stupidparty Math v. Myth: Unmasking the Destructive Forces Eroding American Democracy relies on publicly available facts, resources and tools to deconstruct and relentlessly drill down on the numerous misconceptions held by too many Republicans. Substantiated by more than 1,500 hyperlinks to authoritative resources, readers will find:

  • Stupidparty positions defrocked on: the "Moochers", the economy, climate change, environmental stewardship, racism, religion, "Freedoms", guns, and ignorance-based humor.
  • The fallacy of Fox News facts exposed, documented, and explained.

Also included are 1,055 full color images and 121 graphs and charts.
Once thoughtful, discerning Americans understand the destructive forces manipulating their views, they will begin to call for a stop to the stupidity that has invaded our politics and poisoned our political process. The eradication of Stupid from the Stupidparty is the first step.

This book does not set out to destroy the Republican Party. The U.S. needs at least two parties. But by exposing the abundance of Myth with the relentless use of Math and facts, the problems and then the solutions become self-evident.

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Welcome to the book club, Patrick.  Can we begin by having you tell us how you got interested in politics?

Patrick: I have always been interested in politics so in 2004 I volunteered to help the John Kerry campaign, an experience that lead to the creation of this book. But having lost after talking to hundreds of voters, I learned that face to face conversations are the most effective way to motivate sporadic voters. I know that if I had not had spoken to many of these voters, they would have stayed home. As I reflected on how we lost, I couldnt help but think about the conservative media and other figures who commanded a huge audience. I know one thing about this audience: They vote. The reason I stopped working in the field is because I saw it as my responsibility to combat the leaders of this audience. These people are easily motivated to vote and if we have a more responsible discourse, I believe that the Republican Party will be more responsible when governing.

Your book, Stupidparty Math v. Myth: Unmasking the Destructive Forces Eroding American Democracy claims not to bring down the Republican party because we need two parties.  Where do you feel the Republican party screwed up in the past?

Patrick: That is a great question. I think they have been on a slow decline. The inspiration for this book was in no small part due to frustration with the level of distraction in our politics today. Many of these distractions began in the late Clinton years, for instance the impeachment hearings demonstrate a level of Republican hypocrisy. I think when it really took a downward turn was the period between the 2008 Republican Nominating Convention and when Sarah Palin quit. Never before can I remember in our political discourse has a candidate for an elected position been empowered with the infrastructure of a multi hundred million dollar campaign and then with a TV show because she was a national curiosity. Sarah Palin essentially was a meme and she became this very powerful leader of the conservative wing of the Republican Party

Americans I believe are really unhappy with who is in the White House today.  Some of them are saying Bring back George Bush.”  Why do you think they feel that way?

Patrick: There certainly is a vocal minority, the same minority that won the voter turnout battle last November, but I dont think most people are saying that. The economy is the strongest it’s been in seven years and the benefits of the healthcare overhaul are beginning to bear fruit. The Democratic Party suffered terrible defeats this past year but Democratic Senators netted 20 million more votes than Republicans. Republicans may feel empowered to govern their way but they are playing with fire in 2016 if they try to turn back the clock or refuse to embracee moderate policies to help the middle class.

Whats your opinion of who is in the White House today?  Are they getting it right or wrong?

Patrick: The President is doing a great job. This is another sign of a politician with a rare moral and intellectual compass wrapped in an electorally-created straight jacket. A man spiritually ahead of his times, head and shoulders above faux Christians, and for that matter, beyond the many Democrats suffering from “short-term memory loss.” Even in spite of the artificial headwinds he faces, he is accomplishing a great deal
Can politics ever be straightened out?
Patrick: Probably not until the next census takes place, when the effects on political power from gerrymandering can become remedied. I think my book can help because it attempts to distribute the facts that are publicly available to the public. What I hope from the book is that it helps Republican and Democratic voters think critically about what our politicians are telling us.

How can your book help us?

Patrick: What makes this book unique is that it contains so little opinion. Most of the book’s fact-based information is drawn verbatim from sources, or it’s summarized. In either case the original sources are documented. If you have the eBook—which is free if you buy the print book—clicking will open that source. There are more than 1,500 links and they are color coded so the reader knows ahead of time the type of content they will find. There are also 1,200 full color images and 121 of those are graphs and charts. That’s what I mean when I say math v. myth—the facts speak for themselves.

Thanks again for popping in, Patrick.  Any final words youd like to say to the American voting public?

Patrick: Your readers should know that I come from a conservative background. I made money because of deregulation. I grew up in the UK and advocated for Margaret Thatcher. The reason I wrote this book is because the political parties are founded on values, not figureheads and the figureheads of the Republican Party are making it a Stupid Party. One can get much more out of the book if they don’t see it as a book meant to eviscerate what Republicans stand for. It’s not. 

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