"Get involved. Stay involved. Work on campaigns. If you don't work on campaigns, make sure you vote," he told the youngsters.
"Read the newspapers. Read blogs. Watch television. Be involved with the news. Write your representatives."
And finally, Hodes told them, "Don't be discouraged. We often focus too much on the problems of this country. This is a great country." (emphasis added)
Not bad advice, and a sign of the respect blogs are earning.