White House Petitions

We cannot have a discussion when one side is always screaming.

Barack_Obama_readingI love the White House’s “We the People” web site. It is a place where the citizens of this nation can post their concerns and gripes and if their petition receives enough signers within 30-days, the President may respond. The key word here is “may.”

I even have a petition: http://wh.gov/EpWb

It is a form of comedy relief for me, to see the silly things that people think are important. Like the posting of January 11, 2013 calling for the “officially recognize the Sasquatch as an indigenous species and have them lawfully protected by laws banning any hunting.”

Really? This is important?

More enjoyable is the general lack of understanding of how government works. This could not be more evident than in the call to “REPEAL AB 1595 AND WIPE THE SLATE CLEAN BY REMOVING IT COMPLETELY FROM THE BOOKS.” (The petitioner used all caps, not me.) This is a California law and, therefore, the President cannot do a darn thing about mandatory helmet laws “to enjoy off-road” activities.” The petitioner claims, and here is where I started to laugh, “There are enough laws in force to protect the American public without having the gov’t interfere with existing safety regulations.”

Now, I owned motorcycles and lived in a state where there was no helmet requirement. I witnessed too many head injuries of fellow riders not wearing brain-buckets. So I guess the underlying reason for not requiring head protection for motorcyclists and off-road enthusiast is the get rid of those who believe that personal safety is stupid. I like that idea – Just don’t bill me because the injured biker is uninsured and you object to the “Obamacare.”

The petitions that are getting the most attention, however, are those initiated by pro-gun advocates. The newest is titled, “Rule the “NY SAFE ACT” to be UNCONSTITUTIONAL!” (Again, his caps, not mine.) In less than 12-hours it had gained almost 7500 signatures. And it is only one of five such petitions.

There are the numerous calls to impeach California Senator Diane Feinstein because of her position on gun control. Yes, I even think she went a bit overboard, after all, she is from California.

There are the calls for the impeachment of President Obama and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo  (I almost wrote Mario out of habit), and the deportation commentator Piers Morgan for their positions on gun control.

Then there are those legislators who may have not read the Constitution as it concerns impeachment. The President can only be impeached for “high crimes and Misdemeanors” and not for maladministration or for voicing his (or her) political position. Case in point is Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tx).

I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment.

The President’s actions are an existential threat to this nation…

The President’s actions are not just an attack on the Constitution and a violation of his sworn oath of office – they are a direct attack on Americans that place all of us in danger.

Don’t you love Stockman’s for his grab for two-minutes of fame – or shame.

There are those whose anger is just uncontrollable. Listen to radio personality Alex Jones’ rampage at Piers Morgan – he made Rush Limbaugh sound quiet and serene. (See my petition at http://wh.gov/EpWb)

I don’t care which side of the gun control aisle you may sit; Jones’ reaction should scare you into changing political parties or leaving the country. (I understand that one country would be glad to take you and your money and has a flat income tax rate of 13 percent – Russia.) In fact…

Mr. Jones must be nominated as the poster child for those who are so mentally instable that their guns should be confiscated. In his case, MUST be confiscated (my caps). SEE MY PETITION: http://wh.gov/EpWb

Why are those so soulfully attached to the Second Amendment and the smell of burnt gun powder so willing to forget about the second part of the First Amendment, that “Congress shall make no law respecting… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press?” Or do the provisions of Bill of Rights only concern the conservative extremists and everyone else is guilty of treason? It certainly seems that way.

I believe that Ryan Grim, Huffington Post Washington Bureau Chief, said it best,

By their (pro-gun advocates) argument, any bill that wound up being unconstitutional by the Supreme Court would then be treason. In fact, the other four Justices, let’s say it’s a five to four decision [like] on Citizen’s United, are the four that voted with the minority guilty or treason?

(Yo, yo – I have a petition – http://wh.gov/EpWb)

Now, as a former gun owner (I carried when working for the state of Colorado but am not that scared of my neighbors that I must have a 44 Magnum at the ready) and IF (my caps) I were a member of this screaming minority of pro-guns at any cost advocates, Grim and Jones would scare the hell out of me and I would be turning in my Elephant pins and seek asylum in Mexico. Even with the drug wars, I think Tijuana would be safer than these two and their ilk.

This is NOT the way to have an open and honest discussion about anything. And the fact that the GOP has been hijacked by these wide-eyed, gun toting, church going (did I mention that Luke 22:36 is the religious-right’s justification to own a gun that could kill 20 people in under five-seconds) wackos, is a testament of how divided this country has become.

Colin Powell was unforgiving when he talked with David Gregory on Meet the Press,

General, I could not agree more.

Did I ask you to sign my petition for Alex Jones for Gun Control Poster Child! http://wh.gov/EpWb. PLEEEEEASE. I promise the Unamerican Activities Committee will not call you to testify… I hope.

About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place), the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing, and the winner of the 2007 Interactive Media Award for excellence in editing.
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