I’ve had three people recently encourage me to sign a White House petition: Two of whom I know, like, and trust; one of whom is just one alien abduction away from a guest spot with Art Bell. I have refused all requests thus far, and will continue to do so.
First off, peasants petition a king. We elect representatives.
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Second, Obama created the petition site. The Constitution guarantees us the right “to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” but nowhere is the president required to act on or respond to these petitions. Is Obama really going to allow Texas to secede? Or legalize pot? Or impeach Dianne Feinstein? No. It’s ultimately pointless.
Third, the last thing I want to do is divulge the personal information necessary to sign any petition on that site. How much sense does it make that people told the government, “Hey, I wanna secede…here’s who I am, my email address, and where I live”? That’s a frightening proposition even with an administration that you halfway trust.
If you want to make a difference, VOTE; email your representatives; write to your representatives an actual letter; fax your representatives; CALL your representatives. See if you can organize and muster enough people to melt the switchboards. Remind them that you vote with your ballot, your dollars, and if necessary your feet (good for local elections).
Please keep in mind, I am not knocking individuals who have taken to this site. It’s a (mostly) free country (for now), and I respect your right to sign whatever you so desire. I, however, personally do not believe in it and want nothing to do with it.