The right to petition the government is as old as the republic itself, but the Obama White House has decided to use the concept as a 21st Century way to get Washington’s attention.
The new official White House website is not live yet but http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/WeThePeople will allow citizens to post petitions on any issue. If they get enough online signatures, the petitions will be reviewed by White House policy staffers, and President Obama might even report back on what his administration is doing about the public concerns.
The site was announced in an email this morning from senior adviser David Plouffe who offers a video tutorial on the new endeavor.
Note to Mr. Plouffe: Over the past two years when the President has solicited issues over the Internet for townhall meetings, the biggest number of responses has always been in favor of the legalization of marijuana.