Why We Need More Bloggers

Posted By on November 11, 2010

I know this will sound contrary to common knowledge, but we need many more bloggers.

Within the context of the culture wars bloggers as a class have gotten a bad rap, mainly due to some of the artful shenanigans of a few who represent the most vile aspects of our present culture — those who smeared Dan Rather rather than allow the rest of the world to confirm what it already knew: that George W. Bush was, and is,  a first class chicken hawk who shirked his duty to the nation at a time with John Kerry, who would return from his active tour of duty join Viet-Nam Veterans Against the War after serving with highest distinction, was in the war trenches.

Exactly why or what George was doing with his life during those years I frankly don’t give a damn. I’m sure that whatever it was he had a great time with it. I’m content to leave them as the “lost years” — or perhaps more accurately, “months” in the authorized biography.

But one thing is for sure. He wasn’t serving in the National Guard when he was supposed to be.

Now, unless you’re Dan Rather, you probably don’t understand the significance of this fact.

Rather, his producer Mary Mapes, and at least one or two associates were effectively terminated by CBS when they exposed documents showing that George Bush was frequently absent (viz.,  he had broken the law) during his supposed tenure with the National Guard.

The documents, so the story has gone, and been repeated in the echo chamber of the popular consciousness, are fakes. That must mean that Rather is a fake, too, right?

Cultivating an inability to think is not a nice thing to do, even if it can be a pretty good strategy of domination.  But still,  something in me there is that doesn’t like a corporation which can use its most talented employees in such a disgraceful fashion.

Come to think of it, is there some particular reason why “the Fed” is a consortium of private banks? O,  I know, Wikipedia says they really aren’t private, but come on.  How many of those folks who wrote the Wikipedia page on “the Fed” were really bloggers?  I’ll bet quite a few of them were, on the contrary, Pros — hired guns in front of a keyboard — and that’s why I say we need more bloggers!  We’re in great luck. We don’t have to hire incompetent fact checkers.

I know that I have been absent from you in the spring, but here is another missive. Blogging on….Startin’ to get cold here in B’almore.

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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