‘We the People’ site attracts hilarious petitions

By Heather Goldin, Staff Writer

One of the strange petitions demanding attention from the White House on the 'We the People' site/ SCREENSHOT VIA petitions.whitehouse.gov

One of the strange petitions demanding attention from the White House on the ‘We the People’ site/ SCREENSHOT VIA petitions.whitehouse.gov

In September of 2011, the Obama Administration created “We the People,” a site dedicated to the right to petition for all American citizens. The “We the People” platform has resulted in addressing many important issues from the economy and foreign policy to technology and the environment. But for every well-thought out petition important to thousands of Americans, there is an equally ridiculous petition conceived by a citizen hoping to entertain fellow people of the United States.

According to recent Mother Jones blog, a particularly unreasonable petition to construct the Death Star from Star Wars Episode IV received a response after meeting the signature requirement, prompting moderators to increase the minimum signature threshold. In keeping with the policy that all petitions will be answered as long as the minimum signature requirement is met, White House officials responded with a statement saying they do “not support blowing up planets.”

There have been some absolutely ridiculous petitions in the past, but more often than not these crazy petitions do not meet the minimum number of signatures needed to receive a response from the White House. Here’s a few less popular (but no less odd) petitions:

1. Officially recognize the religion of Pasatarianism whose god is The Flying Spaghetti Monster

2. End Daylight Savings

3. Change the national anthem to R. Kelly’s 2003 hit “Ignition (Remix)

4. Designate May 20 as Macho Man Randy Savage Day

5. Convert At Least One (1) National Park Into A Dinosaur Clone Park


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