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The White House Program to Address Popular Petitions is Pretty Lame
"We the people," is one of the most sacred phrases in the American lexicon, right up there with "Play ball!" "In God we trust," and "Hi, my name is X and I'm an alcoholic." It heralds a revolutionary dispersal of power from the mighty to the many, and any savvy elected official should probably think twice before making it the cornerstone of a project that reduces a revered if mostly decorative passage of the Bill of Rights into a means for dispensing technocratic talking points. Whoops, too late.
November 29, 2011