My practice includes daily reading on mindfulness and on contemplative prayer. I recently finished a wonderful book titled: Thomas Merton and Thich Nhat Hanhn: Engaged Spirituality in an Age of Globalization,” by Robert King. King reminds us of Merton’s and Nhat Hanh’s social activism.
I’ll continue to resist the temptation to withdraw from the world and will stay on my toes in the political realm.
Scanning the online news sources this morning, I came across Greg Sargent’s post at Plum Line on complaints from liberal bloggers that Dems aren’t buying ads on their web sites even though said bloggers helped drive the Democratic ascendancy.
Some of the leading liberal bloggers are privately furious with the major progressive groups — and in some cases, the Democratic Party committees — for failing to spend money advertising on their sites, even as these groups constantly ask the bloggers for free assistance in driving their message.
Brings tears to your eyes doesn’t it? Especially when you read something like this:
“Most want the easy way — having a big blogger promote their agenda,” adds Markos Moulitsas, the founder of DailyKos. “Then they turn around and spend $50K for a one-page ad in the New York Times or whatever.” Moulitsas adds that officials at such groups often do nothing to engage the sites’s audiences by, say, writing posts, instead wanting the bloggers to do everything for them.
In response to Sargent’s post, readers saw a few problems. I especially appreciated this reader’s comment that recalls how the big liberal blogs became megaphones for Barack Obama during the Democratic primary while doing their utmost to destroy Hillary Clinton :
dg | April 8th, 2009 at 05:28 pm
There have got to be significant legal problems in many instances with the kind of quid pro quo that these bloggers are openly advocating.
Furthermore, how are the Democratic party committees going to spend money advertising/supporting the liberal blogs, when the blogs tend to pick preferred candidates in Democratic primaries? These blogs can’t have it both ways - throw their support behind who they deem to be *their* preferred Democrats & darlings of the blogosphere *and* expect the party and progressive organizations to throw money their way regardless of whether or not it’s a practical investment.
Markos Moulitsas and John Aravosis in particular should think about why they’re expecting support from Dem party organizations after they devoted significant resources all last year to slandering one of our Democratic presidential candidates and current Secretary of State.
Well, it is good to know up front that big liberal bloggers who supported Obama are open to bribes from the Democrats who revealed during the primary that they were not averse to corrupt practices.