After the election, the White House created a new section on their website where citizens can petition the White House to discuss certain issues.
This new section, entitled “We the People: You Voice in Our Government”, is a really great idea in theory. Instead of blindly calling your representative and not hearing anything about the results of the your phone calls (even if you ask, they’re not going to tell you), the White House has created an open forum where you can create your own petition and sign on to others.
Here’s how it works: type in a headline for the petition and choose a category. Then the White House will search to see if there are any similar petitions to prevent duplication. Once this occurs, you are able to type in more details of your petition and “make your case”. Then you must promote it. If you are able to get 25,000 signatures in 30 days, the White House will respond to your query.
While the website does allow ordinary citizens to bring up controversial and important issues, which is incredibly valuable, users inevitably resort to using it as a high school student council suggestion box. There are petitions such as:
“Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.”
“Legalize the use of DMT, magic mushrooms, and mescaline for all people.”
“We The People Now Re-Delcare in 2012… The Declaration of Independence!”
I keep expecting the next petition to be a piece of gum wadded up in a sheet of paper… Think about your values, America! You have the White House’s “ear”, don’t waste the opportunity.