WH quadruples number of signatures needed on petitions at WH.gov

WH quadruples number of signatures needed on petitions at WH.gov

Godfather-Bonasera scene
Could Obama grant secession on daughter’s wedding day?

The official White House website, WhiteHouse.gov, has upped the ante on “We the People” petitions. These appeals must now have 100,000 signatures (up from 25,000) for an official response:

President Barack Obama’s deputies have quadrupled the number of signatures that petitioners on the administration’s ‘We the People’ website must collect to get an official response from the White House, following a series of popular, provocative and disrespectful signature drives by his critics.

Some of the petitions sought approval for states to secede after Obama’s re-election, while others called on the White House to disavow executive orders that restrict gun rights, or to deport CNN’s British-born, progressive host Piers Morgan.

‘Starting today, as we move into a second term, petitions must receive 100,000 signatures in 30 days in order to receive an official response from the Obama Administration,’ said an early evening Jan. 15 statement from Macon Phillips, the White House’s digital strategy director.

We the People, and especially we the conservative people, ought to make more productive use of our time thc collecting signatures designed to elicit the opinion of Barack Hussein Obama. Would it matter if President Obama issued an “official” website response agreeing that Texas or South Carolina should secede from the Union or that Piers Morgan should be deported?

Given this president’s serial violations of the Rule of Law from federal court order defying-oil drilling moratoriums to amnesty for young illegals, one would be tempted to suspect that Obama is a Sicilian Godfather and every day is “the day of his daughter’s wedding“:

Don Corleone: [shakes his head ruefully] Bonasera, Bonasera. What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully? If you’d come to me in friendship, then this scum that wounded your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you. Bonasera: Be my friend. Godfather. [The Don shrugs, Bonasera bows toward the Don and kisses the Don’s hand. Don Corleone: Good. Someday, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, accept this justice as a gift on my daughter’s wedding day…

“No Sicilian can refuse any request on his daughter’s wedding day.” – Tom Hagen to his wife

[Excerpts from the movie, The Godfather.]

Conservatives should direct all this petition signature obtaining-energy to sending Speaker John Boehner a tea partier-inspired message on how best to deal with the upcoming debt ceiling breach and end of continuing resolution/budget/government shutdown battles in 2013; and to electing more Tim Scotts and Rand Pauls to the United States Congress in 2014; rather than indulging Obama’s ego while also providing he and the media fodder for the ridicule of conservatives as un-serious.

Yes, we cherish our First Amendment right to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances”, but We the People should do so with respect for the separation of powers enshrined in the document whose preamble begins by citing We the People that ratified it.

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

Mike DeVine

Mike DeVine

Mike DeVine is a former op-ed columnist at the Charlotte Observer and legal editor of The (Decatur) Champion (legal organ of DeKalb County, Georgia). He is currently with the Ruf Law Firm in Atlanta Metro and conservative voice of the Atlanta Times News.


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