I have been following the phenomena of online Whitehouse petitions lately. The idea was to allow the public to more easily present their concerns to our leadership. The experiment is a good idea in theory but one which is already exhibiting a fatal flaw. It is now too easy to submit a petition, so easy that every prankster and joker can put up a petition and if enough people find it amusing and sign it the white house has to answer it.
I have seen any number of foolish petitions appear on the site. The latest critically important petition that the white house was forced to take time to answer was one regarding any future plans for constructing a Death Star like the one in Star Wars (See Here). To illustrate the point HERE is a list of some other idiotic petitions.
Sometimes it seems like we live in a world full of adolescents where even the best ideas can be subverted so Bevus and Butthead can have their fun.