posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 11:35 AM
Originally posted by Kali74
If only people would read...
A petition is a manor of taking an issue to an official, it is a great tool but people need to understand that it is only meant to garner attention by
an official... it is basically saying "Hey, this many people feel this way about this issue and you as our representative are required to address it
and inform us of your intention to act or not act".
What if I were to petition the government to deport you because I don't like what you say... and what if I got a million signatures, should you be
deported for having done nothing but speak? Should a strong dislike of a person nullify the Constitution?
Yes, if only posters would read...
If you were to petition the government to deport me because you don't like what I say, and you got a million signatures, the government would respond
that I am within my 1st amendment rights to speak. Then the government would discard the petition and we all move on.
So nothing would happen. Nothing did happen in this case. We know in advance that nothing will happen. So why even have a petition?
The best response I've heard so far is from the poster that pointed out the exposure factor, which to me is the only meaningful purpose of a White
House petition. But if we go back to the big picture, exposure means little without legislation to back it up.
Further, a petition will only gain exposure if the media allows it to. This particular petition only gained exposure because it had some shiny
Hollywood bling to it. It makes for a good entertainment headline. I have not seen the same degree of media articles about the
petition to recognize Westboro Baptist
Church as a hate group
, and it has over 300,000 signatures which is triple what the Piers Morgan petition had.