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Posted by David Todd McCarty | Friday, November 3, 2017

I think of this piece often when thinking about how it can be easy to be seen as combative when defending your concept of liberty. How easy it is to be dismissed as “Angry Dave” a moniker I did not invent, but did adopt. How often are the fights in our lives, really just part of one big fight?

Screen writer and director Dalton Trumbo holding finger up to lips as if to say quiet, and waving other hand while sitting on sofa. (Photo by John Swope/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

“I’ve always thought of my life as a sequence of conflicts, each a separate battle, segregated in my mind under the heading, ‘My fight with these guys’ or ‘My fight with those guys.’ In thinking back now I realize I have regarded each fight as distinct and unrelated to the other, and have sometimes marveled how one man could have so many of them. I now realize it was all one fight; that the relation of each to the other was very close; and I am really no more combative than any other man. It just happened in my case that the original fight once undertaken, expanded marvelously into what seemed like many many fights and the most recent in a sequence of fights is actually no more than the current phase of he primary engagement. Since all men have at least one fight in their lives, and are not considered professional troublemakers because of it, the longer view reveals in me a citizen no less peaceful than his neighbors.”

Dalton Trumbo

From a cover letter accompanying several dozen boxes of his papers sent to the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research in 1962.

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by David Todd McCarty | Friday, November 3, 2017

Reading the news on a daily basis is an exercise in endurance. The never-ending headlines, the constant tweets, not to mention the endless droning on of self-important blowhards if you happen to watch television news at all. It’s exhausting.

Some of us, who consider ourselves part of the Resistance to the near constant attack on social norms, democratic institutions, common civility, the health of our families and civil liberties, find it near impossible to take. You start to fight one battle, and three more appear right behind it. Like I said, it’s exhausting.

But what really wears me down is how an entire group of people can so brazenly and flippantly make decisions that will definitely hurt other people, most disgracefully it’s most vulnerable, and do it simply to make rich people, richer. That’s not some partisan whining. There’s simply no other way to look at it.

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by David Todd McCarty | Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Maybe I’ve come up with a sustainable use for the Angry Dave plaform, and especially the podcast. To promote a progressive political agenda, specifically though working with the Democratic Party to affect change not only with a local message, but statewide and of course nationally.

I know some people have responded with a resounding, “Duh.”

I’ll be honest with you, it never really occurred to me before. Sure, politics was part of who I am, but it’s gotten more serious lately. Less bitching. More policy.

I still have trouble just ranting into the microphone by myself. I need a foil. Someone to complain to, to bounce ideas off of, to react to if nothing else. I don’t know who that person is going to be and it probably won’t be just one person. I don’t like relying on other people’s schedules. I want to create and I need to be able to do when the muse hits me. So, it will most likely be a on call-in basis, or when people are available.

I guess I have to put my big boy pants on and try to talk into the microphone all by myself.