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Sign The White House Petition To Support Rand Paul On Drone Strikes — But First, Tell Them Who You Are

March 8, 2013 by  

Sign The White House Petition To Support Rand Paul On Drone Strikes — But First, Tell Them Who You Are

A new petition went up Wednesday on “We The People,” the White House website created by President Barack Obama as an ostensible direct conduit between individual Americans and the Oval Office.

The petition is a challenge to the President, requesting an answer to Senator Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) call for clarity on whether the Commander In Chief can authorize drone strikes against U.S. citizens, without due process, on U.S. soil.

The petition has a goal of 100,000 signatures. As of Thursday afternoon, it had a long way to go.

One of the staffers here at Personal Liberty went to the page, intending to sign the petition, but was stopped dead in his tracks when he realized he’d first have to create a account and fill out an online form requiring his full name and a valid email address (with an optional field for ZIP code).

That’s a standing requirement; one that isn’t unique to the Paul petition. Some (certainly not all) petitioners may find that step innocuous enough, if they’re visiting the site to sign a petition calling for an end to Daylight Savings Time.

But there’s irony in requiring a handover even of basic personal information — information that offers a reasonable chance of revealing to the Executive Branch the way in which your identity and your views on public policy entwine — when the very topic under discussion essentially seeks an assurance from the President that he won’t violate the Constitution and have you killed.

Since its September 2011 launch, We The People has twice raised the 30-day signature threshold needed before the White House would acknowledge or respond to a petition. The threshold originally stood at 5,000 signatures but was raised to 25,000 within a month of launching. It was raised to 100,000 in January.

The Obama Administration, through Attorney General Eric Holder, did respond to Senator Paul Thursday in a snarky two-sentence letter, assuring him that “no,” the President doesn’t have “authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil.” But at the time of this writing, the petition remained active.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Warrior

    If you are a registered voter, trust me, they already know who their “enemies” are.

    • Mr Diesel

      Just register as a Democrat. You get to vote in their primary and throw your vote to whoever the challenger is and hopefully “primary” someone you don’t like.

      Or, if you can register as Independent and vote in whatever election you think will do the most harm to the other side.

    • Ted

      That’s the problem with this administration. No one can disagree without being either a racist or a mortal enemie targeted to elimination. Does paranoid schizophrenia sound applicable here? If so, why are they running the country?…

    • Joe H

      you are SO right!!! they have computer programs that key on certain words and phases. They know all about you as soon as you put your comments into any forum!!!

  • Leah LoneBear Texas State Director Panda

    I personally don’t care if they know who I am. They know who we all are. I don’t care because anonymity is an illusion now and if we don’t stand up now there will be nothing to stand up for. This hurts but loosing this fight will hurt more. The petition site is a joke. It is just government fly paper to grab info because every time the signature goal is reached on something they won’t budge on they change the requirement. You know just when you figure out what the rules are they change them. Our POTUS is a Marxist thug and needs to go to jail. The filibuster was awesome but I am tired of hearing how BHO could be impeached and am waiting for someone to actually have the ovaries to do it. If it were up to me Washington would be hit with a fire hose and washed clean of every single solitary member who has turned on and let the people down.

    • dave ahern

      “When governments fear the people, there is Liberty. When the people fear the government, there is Tyranny” Thomas Jefferston

    • Currahee Warrior

      I realized the day the census bureau came out to my house and put a gps lock on my front porch that my little bubble of self-convinced anonymity had burst…Only a Government Hell bent on control would do that(Emphasis on Hell)…

  • ? Charles Wilke

    What kind of place is the United States coming to be.

  • Walt

    I just watched a PBS documentary on Hugo (the Tyrant) Chavez and part of the documentary showed where the people of Venezuela, by the thousands, signed a petition against Chavez’s policies. In due course, the list was publicized (much like the newspaper that published the gun owners in that New York county), and hundreds of folks lost there jobs in private businesses, government jobs, etc.

    Chavez sent a message to millions by punishing hundreds. Much like the Chinese saying:

    “Shoot one to warn a hundred”.

    Can it happen here?

    • Michael J.

      Everyone anticipates the end of tyranny with great ferver, but the first to openly oppose the Communist Juggernaut by rising above the frey, will experience something akin to when the gopher emerges from his den just as the whirling blades of a lawn tractor passes over it.

      History will proclaim the names of the first to take a stand, and theirs will become synonomous with George Washington, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry and Michael J.


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