Today I received an email message from the White House. Impressive, huh?
Actually, I am only one of probably millions of people to receive that message from the staff of “The We the People Team”.
One of the many electronic communication initiatives of the Obama administration was the establishment of this “…innovative experiment in a new kind of civic engagement”, as they called it. The ability for anyone to sign up on the White House website then create a petition for action by the president (or other branch of government) was indeed unique. If a petition receives enough signatures (100,000 within thirty days), a direct response is promised within 6o days. Some of these petitions have produced real legislative and/or regulation results.
I was on this White House email list because some time ago I signed a petition. Although I did not make a regular habit of signing petitions in this way, I think it is an excellent idea and hope it will be continued.
Here is the link to the Petitions page of White House website, in case you are interested in seeing what petitions are active right now. Some are pretty interesting!