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by David Todd McCarty | Tuesday, December 12, 2017

There is a growing belief among some Democrats, or at least those among the Left, that we should become more of a pure Democracy in America, or at least within the Democratic Party. That everyone should have a say about everything.

I disagree and I’ll tell you why.

I think the original framers of the Constitution were onto something. They recognized that too much power in anyone’s hands was dangerous and had been the cause of most of the world’s problems. That included the citizens of this fine country. No one should have too much power.

I’ve seen this first hand, where a lack of leadership ends in anarchy and disarray. Everyone believes they’re right. Nothing is accomplished.

Leadership of a group, or a country, or even a business, isn’t an inherently evil proposition. It has existed within tribal communities since the dawn of time, it exists within the animal kingdom, within corporations, and even within sports. Nowhere in human history has a society existed without a social order, which includes leadership.

We can certainly argue about the type of leadership we fancy. Our current state of affairs seems dismal at best. We can even debate how best to choose those who would lead us, and I’ll get to that.

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by David Todd McCarty | Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I’m the guy no one sees. An invisible man in a city of millions. Oh, it’s not hard to be invisible in the city—not like back home in Calumet, Oklahoma where we had a whopping 553 people in the whole town—well, until I left, and then I guess it was 552. Haven’t been back in years, so who knows how many people live there now. Not enough I can tell you that. Or maybe far too many. It’s hard to know sometimes.

Often times I don’t even meet the owners. The maid lets me in, shows me where the piano is, and goes back to watching her soaps. I tune pianos with the soft sound of Spanish soap operas drifting in from the kitchen.

Some guys wouldn’t allow that but I don’t have a problem. I have a good ear, always did, and I can tune out the bullshit.

I learned to tune pianos from an old Jew named Elmer. I always thought that a funny name. I thought of Elmer Fudd, but his name was Rabinowitz. He told me the name meant “son of a rabbi” and sure as shit if he wasn’t the actual son of a goddamn rabbi. He came from a long line of rabbis, but he told me he didn’t want any part of that life. He said he didn’t believe in God, which was strange to me because I’d never met anyone who didn’t believe in God. What was there to believe? Where I grew up, everyone went to Church and everyone believed in God. I wouldn’t say they were all particularly godly men, but no one had the gall to say they didn’t believe in God. Only a communist would say such a thing.

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