In the beginning of this month, I decided it was time to create my own White House petition, to get rid of the Patriot Act. I’m tired of listening to all the howling generated by people who think drone attacks are bad, that the President has too much power and that our privacy has been invaded too often.
You’d think it would be a piece of cake. Post the petition, get thousands of signatures, and finally the White House has to respond.
You’d be wrong.
There is a 150-signature minimum requirement for getting the petition turned on for the public. Before that minimum, you have to know where to look. Here’s the URL: http://wh.gov/P9VH
So I get people who sign the petition but don’t share the link, or I get people who share the link but don’t sign the petition.
Before Facebook broke their newsfeed, it was possible for folks to see things posted. Now, unless you can finesse the system by using lists, your posts are naturally restricted to a very small percentage of the actual number of people on your friends list.
This restriction isn’t just for friends, either. It’s for pages and groups, too.
And I have to be careful – the folks most likely to sign are the ones I know through non-profits, but I can’t use the pages to post about the petition because it’s letterbombing (and I won’t participate in that), and potentially risky for the non-profit.
I also can’t tag friends because I will never know whether the tag will be welcome or not. Been trying, got spanked once, won’t do it again.
So, how the heck am I supposed to get the remaining 68 signatures so people can see it live on the site and vote?
It scares me to death to think of the petitions for all sorts of racist/recessionist crap that got to be live. They met their minimums easily. But this, rescinding a flawed law, gets nothing.
If you haven’t already signed, please do. If you have, thanks. Please pass the link on. If you won’t sign, at least pass the link on.
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