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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 | Thursday, November 9, 2017

There is a current feeling among many progressive Democrats that religion is the enemy of liberty and in all fairness, it’s not without cause. Conservative religious groups have often been on the front lines of so-called culture wars that have done so much harm to vulnerable groups outside of traditional norms. For many, particularly among white, college-educated professionals, the church has become the enemy of progressive politics.

But that’s a mistake.

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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 | 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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