Editorializing, column-writing and punditry in general can be a craft when done well, even an art when the Orwells and Menckens do it. But profession it isn't. And shouldn't be.
The First Amendment should not be confused with one of those government bureaus that license professions -- from lawyers and doctors to cosmetologists and termite inspectors. We should be trying our best to be writers, not licensed professionals by the grace of the state.
A fellow Inky Wretch