Do you know about “We the People“? It’s supposed to be an attempt to foster direct engagement with the administration. It’s Obama’s outreach plan. It purports to give us—the little people—a greater voice in government by supporting the creation of petitions that, if they reach a threshold of support (25,000 signatures), will force a formal response from the administration.
But…like so many things in the Obama administration, this site is hollow fraud. Setting aside that most of the “official” responses are full of content-free nonsense, the administration has no problem simply removing petitions that they don’t approve of. This happened to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). They petitioned the White House to force TSA to comply with a Federal Appeals Court order to hold public hearings on invasive ‘back-scatter’ screenings of the flying public.
With only 2,500 signatures to go, the White House summarily removed the petition…early. And this after the administration took the whole site down rather than handle the signatures that would have come from an appeal in Wired Magazine to sign the petition.
Basically, the White House wants to be inclusive, as long as the ‘people’ in “We the People” don’t ask anything embarrassing.