We are acting neither foolishly nor without political strategy. We are, in fact, acting morally, ethically and patriotically, and with a concrete political goal in mind. We are putting our Country, our County, and our District, before our Party.
By David Todd McCarty | Thursday, October 31, 2019
Our Dear Fellow Democrats:
We find ourselves in perilous times; a hostage situation if you will. Our President is under an impeachment inquiry for abusing the power of his office for personal gain. Congress is in complete gridlock due to a Republican Party that has been subverted by a corrupt administration. And maybe most egregiously of all, our local Democratic leadership has acted duplicitously by feigning Democratic values when in reality, actively pursuing every Republican platform and defending every Presidential misdeed they can muster.
We find that we have no other choice than to become an insurgency against the status quo.
We who have chosen to resist this President, to resist the Democratic machine that has failed us, the politicians who have been forced upon us, and the traitors in our midst, have decided to make the momentous decision to actively work to forfeit a handful of the Democratically held seats in our district for the long-term good of the party. To be blunt, we mean for these so-called Democrats to lose their seats to their Republican opponents.
There are those on the Left who will decry our actions as disloyal, disingenuous, subversive, naive and reckless. Those on the Right will applaud our effects, while quietly (or not so quietly) snickering amongst themselves at our supposed foolishness and congratulate one another with glee.
But we are acting neither foolishly nor without political strategy. We are, in fact, acting morally, ethically and patriotically, and with a concrete political goal in mind. We are putting our Country, our County, and our District, before our Party.
As long as the political machine holds these seats, we are unable to mount a reasonable primary challenge. The Party leadership continues to believe that they don’t need our votes in order to win and if they feel no pressure to change, they will be correct. The only way we are able to remedy the situation is to turn the seat over to Republicans for two years, then find progressive Democrats who can rally the party in order to defeat them in the next cycle. We need to replace the party leadership, break the stranglehold of Norcross on the local party, replace their duplicitous candidates and start over. This can be done, but it will take the will of people with a long term strategy.
This will be seen as a radical or even extreme move by some, especially those moderates who believe that moderation is the way to victory. But moderation in politics is simply a lack of moral imagination. The more empathetic you are to the plight of the less fortunate, the less abstract their pain is. To call for incremental change is to ignore the plight of others outside your world view. It’s political cowardice.
Jamie Aroosi, wrote this about modern, political moderates:
“The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was written as a response to a group of ‘white moderate’ clergy members who claimed to be supportive of the civil rights movement — but who had also called Dr. King’s activism both ‘unwise and untimely.’ For these moderates, civil rights activists were not courageous adversaries of a horribly unjust society, but lawless “outside agitators” threatening the tranquillity of the status quo.
“A half-century later we find ourselves, domestically and globally, in a similar crisis, arguably more divided than ever. Those fighting against inequality, sexism, racism and xenophobia face an entrenched and increasingly emboldened reactionary opposition. In between them lies our current equivalent of Dr. King’s ‘white moderate.’ And these moderates, with their outsized political power and their nostalgia for a lost status quo, similarly represent a greater threat to progress than do the reactionaries.”
This idea of a lack of moral imagination lies at the heart of the struggle of the Democratic Party. There are those who would argue that having a Democrat in power is always better than having a Republican in power, no matter how bad they are, but that is an extremely callous view of politics and a complete misunderstanding of history.
The reality is, George Norcross, and his corrupt political machine, have played an outsized influence over the Democratic Party in New Jersey, and nowhere more so than in the 2nd Congressional District, and Cape May County in particular. Congressman Jeff Van Drew was anointed by Norcross before he even announced his campaign. The local party leaders determined that Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak would be installed in Van Drew’s seat. Matt Milam was appointed as the Party’s replacement for Andrzejczak and Bruce Land had long been a loyal supporter.
Team Van Drew or Team South Jersey, or whatever they call themselves, have been misrepresenting themselves as Democrats from day one. They vote against the Governor. They support the Sheriff in his defiance of the State AG on cooperating with ICE. They support guns and oppose equality. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
It’s gotten worse. Rep Jeff Van Drew has said that he plans to vote no on an impeachment inquiry resolution. Not a vote to impeach mind you, which he has also said he would vote no on, but not even on a formal motion to put rules in place for a constitutionally mandated inquiry. Van Drew is saying that he is refusing to even listen to evidence because he has already made up his mind that Trump has done nothing wrong. At a state level, Bob Andrzejczak has stated that he wouldn’t vote for Warren or Sanders, regardless of whether or not they become the Democratic nominee, but that he hasn’t ruled out voting for Trump in 2020.
There is so much we cannot control. So much of global policy, decades of environmental neglect, political infighting, volatile financial markets, corporate influence of government, corruption, nepotism, a shrinking middle class, globalization, automation, war and income inequality; they seem like problems too overwhelming to grasp, let alone solve. But we must still act. We must do what we can.
There is a group of dedicated, progressive Democrats who believe we need to disrupt the political machine in South Jersey. We have a long term plan. Today we are running three Democrats as write-in candidates for Tuesday’s election.
Jeremiah Schenerman to replace Bob Andrzejczak as State Senator.
Julie Hankerson to replace Bruce Land for State Assembly.
David Todd McCarty to replace Matt Milam for State Assembly.
We are not asking you to throw away your vote. We are not in danger of losing control of the Senate or Assembly in New Jersey and these three don’t vote with the Democrats anyway. This is not a symbolic vote. It’s a strategic plan to mount a real offense to return to our values.
We are asking you to actually vote for a Democrat.
— David Todd McCarty, Write-in Candidate for State Assembly. Democratic Party Committee Member.
David Todd McCarty is the founder and Editor of The Standard. He’s a writer, director, photographer and cinematographer. He’s also a Partner and Director of Branding for Panzano+Partners, an international ad agency based in Moorestown, NJ. He lives in Cape May Court House.
Twitter: @davidtmccarty Email: [email protected]capemaystandard.com