After the jump, what our fellow citizens are petitioning the PresidentWelcome to We the People on WhiteHouse.gov. This tool provides you with a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it's sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.Source: We the People.
about, and my own one-man petition to our local government in
There are currently over 100 petitions submitted to the "We the People" website. They run the gamut,
... from the nationally important:
- Support the FairTax legislation to grow our economy and benefit all Americans (5,597 Signatures)
- Reform FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to allow investment to respond to market demand (235 Signatures)
- Protect the dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act (9,665 Signatures)
- Recognize the contribution of Flemish Americans to the establishment and settlement of America (208 Signatures)
- Recognize the Syrian National Council (3,872 Signatures)
- List the Syrian National Council as terrorist group (325 Signatures)
- Take Petitions Seriously (4,219 Signatures)
- We demand a vapid, condescending, meaningless, politically safe response to this petition (9,272 Signatures)
- Immediately disclose the government's knowledge of and communications with extraterrestrial beings (5,387 Signatures)
Learning about the Obama Administration's efforts to use communication technology to open new channels of communications with Americans, I couldn't help but think of my past efforts to encourage the City of Richardson to do similar things. I asked the city to devote a web page to posting responses to issues raised during the visitors section of council meetings, during which individuals get five minutes each to speak directly to the city council about any matter of concern to them. So far, nothing's changed. Texas law forbids council members from using meeting time to discuss issues not on the agenda, and, for most issues, no one seems interested in responding publicly after the meeting.The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public's eye.Source: We the People.
Surely, if the White House can assign someone to say that the US Government isn't hiding from the American public the existence of talks with little green men, then Richardson city hall can assign someone to correct the many misconceptions regularly raised about Richardson government.
Rather than giving up, I'm now upping my request from responding to issues raised during visitors section to setting up a web site similar to the Obama Administration's "We the People" website, where Richardson residents can publicly petition the city. Make it easy for citizens to do what the US Constitution says they have a right to do, and, also importantly, let us see just how much support the petitioners can gather for their demands.