I am going to miss Andrew Ian Dodge


Andrew Ian Dodge died on Friday at the age of 46. While I was not regularly in touch with Andrew, I will miss him. He stirred the pot and he had a lot of fun doing so. He was a good, funny and weird dude and we had some great exchanges.

Andrew has been described as a Tea Party activist, but I feel description that does not do justice to what he was all about. While he and I came from different philosophical and political perspectives, we shared common experience in that we both felt misunderstood by both our enemies and our friends. Andrew had a bit of a Merry Prankster vibe about him. He was there to tell some truth, and made a good time out of it. He was one of the few conservatives I knew to denounce frivolous and reckless war policies regardless of who waged them, and in doing so, I found he was one of the few truly conservative conservatives I knew.

And while we did disagree on a lot of things, we also agreed on quite a bit. This what we discussed the one night we shared some beers. He sought me out, bought me a beer, and we talked about life, education, passion, and shared annoyances. We shared a love for the pursuit of joy in life while agitating a fundamentally hypocritical system. There are not enough people like him this world, and I am saddened to think we have lost one of our own.


Alex Steed

About Alex Steed

Alex Steed has written about and engaged in politics since he was an insufferable teenager. He has run for the Statehouse and produced a successful web series. He now runs a content firm called Knack Factory with two guys who are a lot more talented than himself.