In giving us the gift of the illusion that our voices matter, the White House allows anyone to create and sign a petition on the “dot gov” website. It was launched back in 2011, initially requiring 5,000 signatures to require the White House address the issue. That threshold was then raised to 100,000 signatures within 30-days in 2013, and remained there ever since.
There have been some pretty notable petitions – such as one petitioning the government to create a Death Star as an economic stimulus measure back in 2012. The White House officially responded that “The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.” They also replied that “the Administration does not support blowing up planets,” and posed the question “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”
However it’s doubtful they’ll be cracking jokes at the latest petition about to cross the 100,000 signature hurdle.
For years, Black Lives Matter has been calling for violence against police. Whether it be chants of “Pigs in a blanket, fry em like bacon,” or “what do we want? dead cops!” it’s pretty obvious they would’ve been characterized as a hate organization at the very least had they been saying the same about Muslims for example. And now a petition is asking for much more than that: it’s calling for Black Lives Matter to be characterized as a terrorist organization. The petition is fewer than 5,000 signatures from requiring the White House to reply:
Can we push it above 100,000 signatures? There’s only one way to find out. You can sign the petition here.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]