When all is lost, America always has the petition.
If you could collect 100,000 signatures for any pertinent issue, than the White House must elicit a response. However, despite all of those signatures, all Washington has to do is mention it.
For example, six days after the Sandy Hook massacre, Obama responded to 33 petitions regarding gun control laws. Obama could only repeat his suggestions to Congress, including bans on military-style assault weapons. You think Republicans would be down for that? Hells no!
There have been a wave of petitions since Trump won the election. Americans were under the impression that if they collected enough signatures, our beautiful democracy could have blocked Trump at the door of the White House.
First, there were a lot of petitions for the electoral college to choose Hillary over Donald. When that fell through the clouds, the Mormons began sending out petitions to keep the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from performing at Trump’s inauguration, Huffington Post article.
In fact, there were a bunch of petitions aimed at restraining marching bands in Alabama, New York and Tennessee from performing at Trump’s inauguration, USA Today.
There is even a convenient place on the White House web page to place petitions. A new president means a new digital playground. All of them deal with Trump’s finances.
One petition is urging Trump to release his taxes. Fat chance of that happening. Another petition is urging Trump to place his assets in a blind trust, AOL. Those are the first petitions on President Trump’s website. I doubt that they will be the last.
More than 1,800 people signed a petition trying to stop the Saint Louis Art Museum from lending George Caleb Bingham’s Verdict of the People (1854-55) to President Trump’s inauguration.
“Verdict of the People” depicts a small-town Missouri election, and symbolizes the democratic process in mid-19th century America. We object to the painting’s use as an inaugural backdrop and an implicit endorsement of the Trump presidency and his expressed values of hatred, misogyny, racism and xenophobia. We reject the use of the painting to suggest that Trump’s election was truly the “verdict of the people,” when in fact the majority of votes—by a margin of over three million—were cast for Trump’s opponent. Finally, we consider the painting a representation of our community, and oppose its use as such at the inauguration.” Artnet article.
Another petition attempted to block girl scouts from marching in the inauguration day parade, Philly article.
The petition is a last straw – a desperate attempt at thwarting an inevitable demise. Unfortunately, every petition failed. To all those disheartened petitioners who tried to block Trump, if this is any consolation, the day will come when you could say to all of those overall-wearing Trumpkins, “I told you so.”