posted on Jun, 30 2010 @ 01:50 AM
I looked into the online petitions once as I had mulled starting one in regards to reopening a 9-11 investigation, the news I got was pretty dismal.
Apparently they have no legal basis whatsoever. A real petition is powerful thing with enough support behind it, and it is a legtimate function of
redressing grievances, but it takes someone to actually go around and gather the physical signatures. I could be mistaken here, but that was my
understanding. It makes me wonder if these online petitions were started to give people the calming illusion of doing something to help a cause merely
to keep them off the streets and picket lines.
There's not alot we can do really, at least not in terms of stopping the leak. We could certainly protest, boycott BP, even tar and feather a couple
people on our way to the effigy burnings, but the leak continues regardless. It's a sad, sick, twisted, and perhaps life threatening situation for
sure, but these online petitions aren't going to physically change anything.
Realisticly I think the most viable option for alot of us is to keep the information flowing and making sure BP doesn't get a red cent of our money.
Cleaning the oil, rescuing animals, calling our legislators to raise hell, maybe taking in evacuees if it comes to that, boycotting BP, that's about
all a guy can do really. Kind of a sickening helpless feeling though.
[edit on 30-6-2010 by twitchy]