Yea, it seems the FEC wants everyone’s help ’round the Blogosphere in legitimizing their activities. Of course, bloggers everywhere are falling all over themselves to lend their hand in the charade.
Well, not me, and though I seem to be in small company, it’s good company. John Lopez proposes a far better letter to send to the FEC, assuming you’re so inclined.
Dear Sir or Madam:
Others, some fifteen-hundred of them at the time of this writing, may wish to crawl to you like whipped curs, begging for permission to conduct their own affairs. I am not among them. Knowing full well the uselessness of any such endeavor for the purpose of securing my liberty, I decline to degrade myself before you. I do not and shall not recognize any authority you may claim to possess, except such recognition as you may impose upon me at the point of a bayonet. I shall not stoop to the pretense of asking your permission for or begging your recognition of my property, or of my right to use it as I see fit. Instead, I will take notice of the fact that you are in fact usurpers and thieves, robbers and murderers.
It does not behoove a man to entreat such with gentle words and kind gestures: your hearts are cold and your hands are bloody. I shall conduct my life as I see fit, avoiding you and your like to the greatest extent possible. I shall grudgingly acquiesce to your demands when they are presented with overwhelming force, as I would any common bandit, but I shall not take part in your shallow deceptions as to the nature of that force, or of my willingness to have it imposed on me. I refuse, on the grounds of common sense and simple human dignity, to entreat you and your non-existent mercies: you are and remain the sworn enemy of every free man.
Go forth now and rob and pillage and regulate, as is your very nature, but know that I recognize you for what you are, and will not willingly give my words as cover for your foul deeds.