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by David Todd McCarty | Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I don’t think it will come as a shock to most of you that I’ve been a big Bernie Sanders fan since day one. I wanted to see a true Progressive win the White House with the possibility of changing the course of our nation towards a direction that felt human again. I agreed with his policies of affordable education and healthcare, and end to private prisons and subsidized insurance companies. I wanted to see him fight to wrest back control of our country from billionaires and oligarchs.

More than 57.6 million people, or just 28.5% of estimated eligible voters, voted in the presidential primaries – close to but not quite at the record participation level set in 2008 for Obama’s first term. And that wasn’t enough to defeat the Democratic Party machine’s appointed nominee. For all the crowds, and Bernie captured the hearts of 18-24 year olds to the tune of 80% of voters, but he never made any in-roads with Black, which he lost to Hillary by as much as 80 percentage points in the South, and Latinos, who he lost by an average of 32 percentage points. That’s a crushing defeat in very important voter blocks for the Democratic Party. So forget all you heard about electoral math and super delegates. Bernie was never close, he was just popular with you and your friends, most of whom I’d guess are white and well-educated, or young.

So what now? I see all the posts about Never Hillary, or a campaign to write Bernie in, which are pure fantasy. If Bernie couldn’t win the popular vote in the primary, which he did not in case you’re still not clear about that, there’s no way he could win with a write-in vote in a general election. If you believe that, you clearly do not have even a small understanding of how our political system works.

But forget all that, because the candidates in the race have been decided.

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by David Todd McCarty | Monday, July 11, 2016

The American grocery store, or supermarket as they are sometimes called, is a thing of freakish wonder to begin with. The sheer volume of goods, most of it not real food, is astounding and frightening. The latest trend are the gourmet grocery stores like Fresh Fields and Trader Joe’s. They have aisles of packaged goods marked organic or vegan with a new list of ingredients you’ve never heard of. National soda brands are gone, but there are plenty of fruit juices that will rot your teeth just the same, and are made by the national brands. It’s all a facade.

Lots of women wearing lululemon yoga pants pushing their tiny carts, with bags of seaweed flavored snack crisps and fizzy fruit juice. It’s all just chips and soda dear.

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by David Todd McCarty | Wednesday, June 1, 2016

We, the members of the internet, just wanted to say a few words in defense of you who so diligently keep us informed on Facebook and other social media outlets to all the vital conspiracy theories, racist rants, urban myths, and fear-based flotsam and jetsam. You provide a valuable public service and don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.

It’s takes a special kind of selfless public servant to regularly pass along obviously suspect information with zero criticism or awareness. Not just anyone can click share without a thought to intent, meaning or impact.

We’ve been talking amongst ourselves and we really like the posts about poignant subjects such as guns, congress, war, or gorillas, written by such awe-inspiring luminaries as Jodie Foster, Abraham Lincoln, Morgan Freeman, and Thomas Edison.

It’s astounding that Lincoln had such insights into the internet, or that Morgan Freeman happened to make a comment that was oddly in tune with our personal beliefs, but there they are, in plain type across a picture of them. We didn’t even know Jodie Foster was that political. But no one would post it if it weren’t true, so it’s good to know that our celebrities have such wisdom.

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by David Todd McCarty | Saturday, April 23, 2016

It’s a strange thing to lose a town, especially one in which you are currently living, but that seems to be the case for the town I’ve called home for almost 20 years. Many of my neighbors have been here for as many as eight generations.

The village of Goshen, New Jersey was first settled in 1693 by Aaron Leaming who raised cattle on the land. By 1710, there was a settlement and sometime around 1725, my home was built. It’s called the Tavern House and was a tavern and stagecoach stop during the mid to late 1800’s. At the end of my road, which dead ends into the marsh, the Garrison and Harker shipyard stood. Between 1859 and 1898, twenty five ships of record were built as well as a much larger number of smaller crafts.

In addition to the many old homes, Goshen is home to The Goshen Schoolhouse, which was built in 1872 and is in the process of being saved from destruction, as well as the Goshen Methodist Church that also happens to contain an historic cemetery. The church is currently up for sale.

It’s not one thing that’s caused this slow demise. One could argue that it’s simply progress. But after 300 years, you’d like to think there would be enough to keep it going.

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