Last September, the Obama administration started We The People, a program on the official White House website that allows people to submit petitions. If petitions get enough electronic signatures, currently at least 25,000 in a 30-day window, petitions will receive an “official” response.
If this program seems like a good way for people to submit stupid ideas to their government, it’s because it is.
On November 14, 2012, a petition was posted asking to secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. That’s right, and honest to goodness, real-life Death Star, like the one in Star Wars.
The Petition scored 34,435 signatures, more than it needed for an official White House response. Yesterday, the White House officially responded to the petition. In This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For, Paul Shawcross of the White House Office of Management and Budget, claims that it would be far too expensive to build ($850,000,000,000,000,000) and that the White House doesn’t support blowing up planets.
It would have been nice to know this position before the November presidential election, but something tells me Mitt Romney is against blowing up planets too.
I think this sends a very bad message to our nation’s enemies. By refusing to build a space station the size of a small moon that can destroy planets, all al-Qaeda has to do is secure their own planet. By refusing to invest in vital planet killing technology, the Obama administration is ensuring the long-term longevity of al-Qaeda.
Thanks a lot Barack Obama.