Why I won't be registering as a blogger in the state of Florida.
I'm writing about Ron DeSantis because he and his party in Florida are working to pass a law requiring me to register my blog with them. I'm disseminating this information to you in possible violation of a law written 1000 miles away. At the discretion of some official in Florida they may decide that I owe them money and fine me for not registering with that official. I also must tell them how much money I make off my blog post. It's just pennies by the way.
This proposed law is as stupid as the book bans. Just like the banned books, nobody is being forced to read this blog. A person has to seek this blog out. You don't have to finish reading a book or this blog post. Banning the dissemination of information or imposing fines for it is against the 1st amendment.
The First Amendment provides that Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. It protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Independent bloggers are the epitome of speech and press. If a blogger is to write about Ron DeSantis and criticize him, that is in fact a grievance presented to the government. That is if the communication actually gets out that far.
This entire law is against all America stands for. When a government tries to infringe on our constitutional rights that should be punished. The only punishment the officials in Florida will receive is the disgust of people like me.
This blog post doesn't matter. It won't change your mind. It's just some information that the blogger, me, wants to share. It could soon also be illegal.
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