Outrageous and crazy White House petitions

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26 2014 11:45 p.m. MST

Command Transportation, a freight broker company based out of Skokie, Ill. made headlines last week with a billboard declaring that whichever side lost in the Canada vs. U.S. hockey game in the 2014 Winter Olympics would be forced to "keep Bieber."

Of course, the outcome is old news now — Canada ended up defeating the U.S. 1-0, and it looks as though Beiber is ours.

Though it was merely a prank, the billboard aligned well with a recent petition on Whitehouse.gov asking that the Canadian pop star be returned to his homeland.

Here's a list of 16 more odd or outrageous Whitehouse.gov petitions.
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armchair quarterback

I like the idea of NASCAR type suits for politicians! This one would have had at least one more signature had I seen it going around :)

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

I wouldn't nationalize Twinkies. But then, I don't much like Twinkies. Mostly, though, I appreciated this quick trip to Absurdistan.

Fillmore, Utah

I really think that this whole petition process should be removed. I feel like it is just fodder for some overpaid government folks to get a few laughs. While disguised as such, it offers no real participation in the government process. So I guess I agree with the last petition in the slide show.

Midwest City, USA, OK

That last petition about closing the petition system is the only one that actually seems:
-Thoughtful. It's in English, not all capital letters, respectful in wording, and accurate in its assessment of the topic.
-Not stupid or wasting time. Change the national anthem? Biker judges?
-Actually within the federal government's responsibility and power. At the risk of sounding insensitive, the federal government has no place or power to universally outlaw discarding of county-run school lunches.

It is no longer listed, of course.

Mchenry, IL

Actually the federal governement mandates most things regarding school lunches. So they can. And a free education is a federal and not a state mandate. Anything in the schoool building should be free.

Portland, OR

Deport Justin Bieber! Where can I sign?

I have to admit the response to building a death star was hilarious. I really liked this line:

"Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?"

I think the most sensible petition was to take down the petition website. It does seem like a waste of taxpayer dollars.

Salt Lake, UT

Deport Miley Cyrus along with Justin Bieber. They can take Piers with them. They can be as despotic as they want somewhere else (preferable where no one cares and know one need witness) and Piers can criticize them instead of the US constitution. (How dare he-the Brit!)

Pleasant Grove, UT

While the petitions displayed here are rather silly for the most part (although I like the idea of the NASCAR suits with logos for politicians so we can see who actually owns them), the site also gets petitions for serious ideas and serves to provide a way of letting the White House see things that concern people. It's not costly to maintain a simple web page like that, and it's also a good way to vent.

Riverton, UT

Also, the freedom to petition the government is right there in the First Amendment, along with freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly. I think I can put up with a few time-wasting petitions in exchange for those rights.

(And let's face it, some of these have entertainment value if nothing else. I'm all in favor of deporting Bieber-- assuming, of course, Canada is even willing to take him back.)

American Fork, UT

How did we arrive at seventeen? There must be thousands of idiotic petitions going around at any one time, especially on the net.

San Diego, CA

A petition to deport Justin Beaver?

Shame...I always thought he enriched American culture -given the state of current american culture!

Gilbert, AZ

I like moral people around the country want to succeed from the Union if the redefining of marriage is forced upon us by the Courts. I will live free.

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