And Now the Government Comes After the Bloggers?

-By Warner Todd Huston

“Gubbmint isn’t the solution,” Ronald Reagan famously said. “Gubbmint is the problem!” Well, until Al Gore invented our wonderful Internet world, there were darn few ways we common citizens could highlight just what the “problem” of government was. But, happily, we bloggers have become the modern version of our Founders plying the pamphleteer’s trade. Now, via the incredible world of blogging, we can spy a government abuse and cast the harsh light of public scrutiny upon it. And we can do it in the blink of an eye. All we need is our computers and a little Internet access.

But, now gubbmint is trying to find ways to make it harder for us to highlight their evil, wasteful, illegal ways. For now comes the Democrat Party of the State of Washington trying to reinvent bloggers as “lobbyists” so that we can be regulated out of existence.

Or, if they don’t exactly want bloggers regulated out of existence, Democrats at least want to put bloggers in such a position that there are fewer of them because of gubbmint’s onerous regulations.

The Seattle Times is reporting that Washington state regulators are considering just that question. Are blogger “lobbyists”? Of course, the answer is no, no, a thousand times no. Even if we make money with our blogs, it does not amount to “lobbying.”

But, beware, fellow bloggers. Whenever gubbmint eyes something, it is rarely long before it gets its grubby hands fully around it.

So, get ready to have gubbmint pry into your personal finances just so you might have the “privilege” of being “allowed” to blog about politics.

Or, you could just blog about sports, or movies. Just forget about all that gubbmint business. What is it of yours, anyway? Let the smarter, better, more refined folks in gubbmint take care of all that. Don’t worry your little heads about it.

So says Big Brother. So shall it be.

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as, Human Events Magazine,, New Media Journal, Men’s News Daily and the New Media Alliance among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book “Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture” which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston

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3 thoughts on “And Now the Government Comes After the Bloggers?”

  1. I see this as a twofold problem for (some) politicians. One is control and the other is money.

    They are using this issue as a means to control what people say concerning politics and also as a demand that they pay more in taxes on any funds received that might otherwise go under the table.

    If these folks would concern themselves with stopping the fraud in gubbmint they might accomplish something useful. But then they might be forced to quit…

  2. I can’t help but think the liberal bloggers face the same danger. Hard to outlaw one and not all.

  3. If you expect anyone to believe that lefty bloggers will face the same tyrannical government force coming down on them, you are dreaming.

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