Well there’s a big shocker. Once again the White House has decided to hide behind it’s terms of service, essentially telling everyone that it doesn’t have to give an answer to the petition created and signed by 273,968 people. That’s over a quarter of a million people who were just ignored by their government in favor of a douchebag from another country who continues to shit on our laws. Thanks for once again showing how much you don’t actually care.
The response does what you expect: it deflects. Through out the whole thing, it puts a primary focus on immigration reform. In fact, directly after calling up it’s terms of service it begins going on about immigration reform. Already, it missed the point.
No one was signing this thing because of immigration reform. Not once in the original petition did it mention immigration reform. Not. One. Time. It did however, speak about his terrible influence and reckless and dangerous behaviour. Our government is ok with that though, because he sells 12.5 billion concert tickets and 100 billion copies of his albums. It’s nice to know that staying in this country isn’t just for sale, our own safety is as well.
I’d also like to point out that this math is either incredibly flawed or they are not talking about the U.S. alone. If the figure is true for just the United States, that means that each person in the United States owns 300 copies of his first album and we’ve all been to his concerts 39 times (based on the Census count of 2012). If it isn’t, either the our government has the math skills of a 3 year old (which may also be true anyway) or they completely missed the point of their own point. Our government thinks that we are as stupid as they are.
This response is clearly made simply to shift your attention to something else. They want immigration reform. We do not need it. What we need is our current immigration system to be followed. We don’t need to change the rules because of people who break them.
The response mentions Bieber three times:
1) So we’ll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we’re glad you care about immigration issues.
2) For those of you counting at home, that’s 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber’s debut album
3) While we weren’t able to address your direct concerns about Mr. Bieber, we hope you believe your We the People experience was a positive one.
A 600 word response that only speaks about the topic at hand using 76 words. Someone is blowing a volcano of smoke up our asses.
The best part of the petition is the end, where it says that it hopes our experience with the petition was a positive one. How can they even believe that it would be anywhere close to a positive one when they dodged the petition? Right at the start, they state clearly “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.” So I’m supposed to feel positive about them doing nothing?
This response was nothing but a political sales tactic. It escapes the reason for the petition and goes into something else, a hot button topic that it was never about. From there, it attempts to sell you on our current administration by providing a short list of vague ideas without any real explanation of how it will be done. By the end, it does what all politicians do: passes the buck. It tells us that it’s now up to Republicans to accept what the President wants to do, that it could be fixed tomorrow, once again trying to shift focus from themselves to someone else.
This response shows that our government clearly does not care about what people want. It took a petition that more than 273,000 people signed and used it for it’s own purpose. As George Carlin said many times, “Your government does not give a fuck about you”.
One of the saddest parts about this whole thing is how so many people out there won’t understand why this is such a terrible thing. Bieber fans will no doubt jump on the happy bandwagon and cheer about the news. Others may just dismiss it because they think the petition was stupid to begin with. What they are missing is that the government, their own elected officials, chose to use this for their own political agenda. They decided that you were not worthy of an actual comment and decided to instead try to sell you on something else. They ignored the topic and moved on to a hot button issue in order to blind you to the fact that they didn’t care what 273,000 people had to say.
These petitions are a trick to make you believe you actually have a voice. You don’t.