From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I wish to register my strong objections to the recent proposal that American taxpayers be required to pay for the salaries of those whom the U.S. government decides to designate as journalists. To begin with there is no constitutional backing for allowing the Federal government to make such a law or implement such a program. I realize that this carries little weight with those of you in Washington who believe that you have been granted the right to do as you wish with regard to spending taxpayer money or controlling the lives of those taxpayers. Secondly, it seems to me that the proposed program directly contravenes the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. Again, I don't expect that this matter to you. However, lastly, Thomas Jefferson, one of the most respected of our Founding Fathers put it best when writing about the sort of thing which you propose: "To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." - Thomas Jefferson What you propose is, plain and simple, wrong and I vigorously object to your attempts to further the socialization of American society. Sincerely, Ronald D. Morley