to all, except, it seems, to certain members of the political class in Michigan who would deem it necessary for a state licensing bureau to determine who should be able to practice free expression with a glossy Michigan seal of approval.
“What’s the definition of a reporter? I haven’t been able to find out? What’s a reporter? What’s a journalist?” [State Sen. Bruce] Patterson said. “I thought you had to have a degree in journalism but apparently not. I could retire and be a journalist.”Hey, dipstick, the whole point behind our Founding Fathers recognizing individual rights as inalienable and self-evident was so that future high falootin' wannabe tyrants such as yourself would not even entertain the notion of regulating or limiting them. Maybe the next time you have too much time on your hands you could better spend it trying to regulate gravity or the tides or static electricity.
Patterson acknowledged the legislation is unlikely to pass -- it has no co-sponsors and was referred to committee last month -- but said he hoped to start a conversation that would continue beyond his time in office. His interview with FoxNews.com appears to have had that effect, as voices in traditional and new media have expressed opposition.
PS. Bruce, I have that journalism degree. So, seriously, you can kiss my butt--I'm requesting it on the up-and-up.