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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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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.

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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.

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Why Journalism Matters

by David Todd McCarty | Monday, November 28, 2016

My very first class at Temple University in 1986 was Journalism 101 with Dr. O’Shea. He began with a question. He wanted to know how many students had seen the Calvin Klein ad underwear campaign and every hand in the class went up without exception. The campaign was part of the culture. Marky Mark. Kate Moss. These black and white ads were synonymous with the 1980’s and were undoubtedly hanging on 75% of the dorm rooms throughout campus and beyond.

He then asked how many people thought that sex was effective in advertising. Many of the hands went down. Then he asked how many people thought that it was appropriate to use sex in advertising. Only a few of us remained.

He then explained that we weren’t there to discuss the value of using sex appeal in advertising underwear for Calvin Klein, but to discuss journalism. And the first thing we needed to understand was that there was no such thing as “objective journalism.” No two of us saw the world around us the same. We all had a lens through which we saw the world, that combined our own experiences, morals, religious beliefs, and childhoods into a perception of life.

Just like we all had different thoughts on something that was common to us all, our experiences colored our outlook on the things we saw and heard and we had to stay vigilant about allowing our personal experiences from coloring our judgement, and more importantly, how we reported it.

Journalism shouldn’t be simply a vehicle for our own personal biases, but an honest accounting of what is happening, or at least as honest as we can muster. But is there any integrity left in journalism? Is there any objectivity? Who can we really trust in this day and age of relativism and fake news?

John Pilger wrote in 2002:

Many journalists now are no more than channelers and echoers of what George Orwell called the ‘official truth’. They simply cipher and transmit lies. It really grieves me that so many of my fellow journalists can be so manipulated that they become really what the French describe as ‘functionaires’, functionaries, not journalists. Many journalists become very defensive when you suggest to them that they are anything but impartial and objective. The problem with those words ‘impartiality’ and ‘objectivity’ is that they have lost their dictionary meaning. They’ve been taken over… [they] now mean the establishment point of view… Journalists don’t sit down and think, ‘I’m now going to speak for the establishment.’ Of course not. But they internalize a whole set of assumptions, and one of the most potent assumptions is that the world should be seen in terms of its usefulness to the West, not humanity.

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Horseshoes and cowboy boots

In the middle of the South

Jersey that is.

Blue collars, red hats, white faces

Action news proclaims the world is ending

Day drinkers and golfers don’t seem to notice

Sit wherever you like, she says

Taco Tuesdays

Beer and a shot is the special

Camo is the color of choice

Very little country

No club

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There was another one

According to the news

Excessive force they say

Union says differently

Video is hard to watch

White shirt stained red

Keep calm they say

Everyone is innocent

Until proven not guilty

When you wear blue