The people have spoken. The winner and undisputed champion on the White House's new citizen petition webpage is the legalization of marijuana. And not only are the activist stoners demanding their weed, they're insisting on being told the rationale for the O Administration's disdain for it, and them. In other words, give us the science, dudes! Where do you get off throwing people in jail for this? We don't buy into your DEA propaganda!
In order for any petition to merit a glance from a White House minion, it must have garnered at least 5,000 signatures in 30 days. The plea for pot got 20,000 signatures in less than two. So, whoever said pot users are nothing but apolitical, apathetic slackers who retreat into their own hazy worlds has smoke coming out of an orifice where the sun don't shine.
Anyway. Speaking of signatures -- a consortium of people who may or may not have also signed the pot petition are looking for not one -- but six primary challengers to President Obama! Nothing like covering more than all the bases just to be on the safe side. The effort is being led by Dr. Cornel "Obama is Wall Street's Black Mascot" West and Ralph Nader, who is not running, just asking.
The slate of dream candidates, who would theoretically run against Obama as a bloc, would represent areas where the president has broken a campaign promise, or veered to the corporate, right-wing dark side. (why only six?) They would include labor leaders, academicians, members of the NGO community, experts in poverty, consumer protection, human rights and health care. (Since Obama also broke his campaign promise to stop the useless War on Drugs, I hope they are including the person who started the Legalize Pot petition too).
"We need to put strong democratic pressure on President Obama in the name of poor and working people” said West. “His administration has tilted too much toward Wall Street, we need policies that empower Main Street.”
The letter, according to the website Common Dreams, "points to numerous decisions that have drawn criticism from Obama’s own Democratic Party, including his decision to bail out Wall Street’s most profitable firms while failing to push for effective prosecution of the criminal behavior that triggered the recession, escalating the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan while simultaneously engaging in a unilateral war in Libya, his decision to extend the Bush era tax cuts, and his acquiescence to Republican extortion during the recent debt ceiling negotiations."
The letter and its signatories can be found here. The identities of the actual recipients are being withheld to protect their privacy. I wonder if they include anybody from the Sunlight Foundation or other groups advocating for transparency? (another Obama Fail). I guess we'll never know.
But back to the White House "We the People" petition drive. I just checked, and the pot petition is now up to 26,819! (and counting). Here are some other hot button issues, along with recent vote counts, important to the peeps:
* Ban non-therapeutic routine infant circumcision (165).
* Immediately disclose the government's knowledge of and communication with extraterrestrial beings (972).
* Support a ban on horse slaughter (292).
* Try Casey Anthony in federal court for lying to FBI investigators (1,719).
* Repeal the Patriot Act (4,042).
* Stop the Patriot Act (4.334).
* Ban Redundant Petitions (1).
* Provide medical marijuana to angry space aliens posing as Republicans. (0).