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by David Todd McCarty | Thursday, November 16, 2017

My entire life, I’ve always fought bullies; be they a teacher, a boss, a classmate or a neighborhood thug. I was a smart, outspoken kid, who was more or less well liked by my peers and had the confidence to fight back. I often found myself in the position to take up for someone who was in a weaker position, or without the ability to fight back. I always fought for the underdog. The kid who was different, or weak, or new to the country, or didn’t speak the language well.

I fought teachers, principals, employers, and other kids. I would use my intelligence, wit, popularity, threat of shame and sometimes the threat of physical violence as tools in my fight.

I think back once again to Dalton Trumbo’s thoughts on his many fights.

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.

It’s possible, that this applies equally to me. That my original fight—that of standing up to bullies—once undertaken, expanded marvelously. It’s not the answer to all my troubles, but it could certainly be viewed as a defining motive. I’m also just a cranky misanthrope, who while despising the herd, is often quite fond of the individual.

I think people who only know me on social media, are quite surprised to meet me in person. I place a high value on personal etiquette and manners, at least my version of what constitutes good manners: empathy, compassion, civility, decency, and kindness. I might not like you, but there is no reason to be rude.

I don’t generally walk around angry. But when I’m thinking critically about a subject, my ire often comes to the surface. I’m bothered by many things in life, and when I’m writing, or arguing with a friend I trust about a topic I’m passionate about, I can get quite animated.

Which brings me to politics.

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by David Todd McCarty | Monday, November 13, 2017

I voted for Jeff Van Drew.

More than once.

It was a mistake and I won’t vote for him again.

In fact, I have decided that despite the fact that he runs as a Democrat and is popular in the county, as a matter of principle and conscience, I will actively oppose him from here on out.

This has been a real struggle for me.

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by David Todd McCarty | Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The enemy is a rich guy.

No, not the orange reality star. He’s just one, horrible example of a larger trend of the ongoing redistribution of wealth from the middle and working class to the top 10% of the population. The President likes to brag about the stock market’s gains and record profits for corporations, but what he doesn’t tell you is that unless you’re really wealthy, you’re unlikely to see any of that.

It’s not just the working poor who have struggled with low wages. Middle class wages have been largely stagnant. Between 1935-1980, 70% of all income growth for Americans belonged to 90% of Americans. The top 1% only accounted for 7% of all income growth during that time. Conversely, since 1997, the top 1% account for 72% of all income growth. From 7% in the pre-Reagan years to over 70% today. Income went from workers to investors. After 1997, all income growth went to the top 10% of Americans, with the vast majority of it going to the top 1%.

That’s what happened to the American Dream. It was stolen by a rich guy.

What can Democrats do about it? A lot in fact.

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by David Todd McCarty | Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Frank LoBiondo announced he is retiring and won’t be running for re-election in 2018 for the US House of Representatives’ 2nd District in New Jersey. There have been rumors for years that State Senator Jeff Van Drew has his eye on the seat, and this might be his shot at it.

Van Drew is a Blue Dog Democrat who is very popular in the largely conservative district of Cape May County. He has strong name recognition and has done a good job of straddling the line between being a Democrat in a blue state while representing a Red district. He might be hard to oppose.

That certainly won’t stop Republicans from running a strong challenger, and it might be not be a lock that he would run unopposed in a primary situation. He also just ran for re-election for State Senator in 2017 but as the polls haven’t even closed yet, we don’t even know that outcome.

It could make for a very interesting race in the 2018 midterms, especially assuming Phil Murphy wins the Gubernatorial race in New Jersey. If Van Drew decides to run for the empty House seat, it could also leave open a strongly contested state senate seat he would be leaving behind.

There are a lot of moving parts. It will be interesting to see where things go.

Time to get to work.

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by David Todd McCarty | Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Election day is finally here and for better or worse, what’s done is done. The die has been cast. We win. We lose. We move on.

But even before we know the results, I want to begin to think about the future; the next election, and even the future of the party.

In many ways, we’re still recovering from the 2016 election, the divisions in the party and the continued infighting between more moderate democrats and the progressives to their left. We need to find a way to come together and build a stronger party that has a relevant message to today’s voters.

The way I see it, is that Democrats, and liberals in general, got smug over what they saw as a populist movement led by a buffoon and a cadre of conservative fear mongers and bigots. Democrats came off as condescending and elitist; not in touch with the fears and realities of too much of the country.

Many of us are still in disbelief that such a large percentage of the population would vote for a party that, while claiming to represent average Americans, was proposing policies that would do great harm to those same communities.

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By David Todd McCarty | November 4, 2017

I’ve been a fan of Al Franken for some years now, but no more so since he ran for Congress and won. I still can’t believe he took the job sometimes. He says it’s never been as fun as working at SNL, but he claims it’s still the best job he’s ever had. That’s public service for you.

For many years I was basically an independent even though I was a registered Republican. A decade or so ago I finally made peace with the fact that I was a screaming liberal and today I’m a full blown Democrat. I always thought the terms liberal, leftist, progressive and Democrat were sort of interchangeable, with the exception that Democrat was actually a party affiliation, and not an ideology. Now it seems that liberal, progressive and Democrat all mean different things to people.

I’m a liberal, in the best sense of the word; a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties. I don’t know how you can say you’re not for those things and live in America.

But recently I decided to become a Democrat. I’ve been registered as a Democrat since 2000, but I mean I actually decided to become part of the party, not just choose to vote in their primaries. I did this because I believe that there are real problems with the party, and the only way to change them is get involved and be one of the people making the decisions. Also, I’d vote for anyone other than a Republican. I don’t care what level of government. If you feel comfortable calling yourself a Republican, I don’t feel comfortable with your view of humanity as a whole.

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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.

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by David Todd McCarty | Wednesday, October 25, 2017

It’s nice to see the Republicans in disarray, fighting amongst themselves and seemingly unable to govern. It’s good to know that they are so dysfunctional that they come across as completely ineffectual. Unfortunately, they’re still doing quite a lot of damage, and rather than focusing on rebuilding the party, developing an effective platform and determining a new message, Democratics are fighting amongst themselves. Mainly Hillary supporters versus Bernie supporters. It’s bullshit.

There is no real leadership in the Democratic Party. No one to get behind. We have a bunch of the old guard, defending their ground, and refusing to change. We have angry people on the Left (here I thought all Democrats were on the Left), sick of the status quo and looking for change.

This is probably not new I guess. There are always different factions pulling one direction or another.

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Most people in Cape May County would tell you that the engine that drives the economy is tourism, and they’d be right. But the problem is, that engine isn’t enough to sustain growth and provide a living wage for all our residents. We need more opportunities and a vision for growing the local economy.

Danielle Davies and Gregory Wall are running for Cape May County Freeholder. They have a plan to reinvest in Cape May County Technical Schools and take advantage of the best opportunity this county has for growth: the marine industry.

Between the fishing industry, marine construction, countless marinas and pleasure boating businesses, we also have boat manufacturers such as Yank Marine and Viking Yachts. There is a need for skilled jobs such as welders, engine mechanics, and electronics technicians.

The reality is, not everyone is going to go to college, but that doesn’t mean those kids don’t deserve a future. With the ballooning cost of higher education, for many people, it’s just out of reach. As a nation we need to be reinvesting in technical and trade schools. Give our young people a foundation towards making a living wage and a path towards success and the American Dream.

Starting right now, we can make a difference in the lives of countless young people, change the direction of Cape May County, and begin to build the foundation for future growth.

We need to reinvest in education across the board, but we have immediate opportunities in the technical and vocational schools. We need to be working with local business to help guide our curriculum and provide graduates with the best possible chance of success. With a skilled local workforce, we can attract businesses to the area and become a catalyst for growth.