In the Wake of this Slap from the White House:
White House Blocks Petition Seeking Investigation Into Psychiatric Drugs And Violence
Wherein the White House blew off a petition 3 Weeks before its maturation date and already having 6,635 of the requisite 25,000 signatures for recognition:
Now: We find the 1600 Pennsylvania Office of Pharma Marketing redefining its availability.
The 1st Amendment states:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
And the rub here, is that this White House Petition nonsense is Probably legit. Note that it says Congress shall make no law, and Not that the Office of the President shall not make itself available.
So what are 'We the People' supposed to do? Petition Congress instead? And if so, why do we Have a President acting as our Chief Executive Officer? He certainly Acts as if he were the Government.
Because as this next report from the Daily Caller makes clear, Petitioning this White House is a waste of time.
The Daily Caller has;
White House Now Requires 'We The People' Petitions To Have 100,000 Signatures For Official Response
by Neil Munroe
President Barack Obama’s deputies have quadrupled the number of signatures that petitioners on the administration’s “We the People” website must collect to get an official response from the White , following a series of popular, provocative and disrespectful signature drives by his critics.
Some of the petitions sought approval for states to secede after Obama’s re-election, while others called on the White House to disavow executive orders that restrict gun rights, or to deport CNN’s British-born, progressive host Piers Morgan.
“Starting today, as we move into a second term, petitions must receive 100,000 signatures in 30 days in order to receive an official response from the Obama Administration,” said an early evening Jan. 15 statement from Macon Phillips, the White House’s digital strategy director.
“This new threshold applies only to petitions created from this point forward and is not retroactively applied to ones that already exist.”
Phillips claimed the increased threshold is a response to the increasing popularity of the site. (RELATED: White House delivers official response to petition requesting construction of “Death Star”)
“That ‘good problem’ is only getting better, so we’re making another adjustment to ensure we’re able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve. … It’s wonderful to see so many people using We the People to add their voices to important policy debates here in Washington and bring attention to issues that might not get the attention they deserve.”
When the administration first established the petition system in September 2011, Obama’s aides promised that any petition with 5,000 signatures would receive a formal written response from White House officials. That threshold was raised to 25,000 for 2012.
The new 100,000-signature threshold follows a series of provocative, awkward or embarrassing petitions, some of which attracted enough signatures to meet the threshold set by Obama for getting a formal White House response.
Usage of the petition site has spiked since the election, partly because more than 600,000 people have signed various secession petitions. (RELATED: Secession petitions deluge White House website)
“In the first 10 months of 2012, it took an average of 18 days for a new petition to cross the 25,000-signature threshold,” said Macon’s statement. “In the last two months of the year, that average time was cut in half to just 9 days, and most petitions that crossed the threshold collected 25,000 signatures within five days of their creation.”
Six out of 10 petitions that met the 25,000 threshold passed in November and December, said Macon.
Continue reading Daily Caller coverage here.
Thank You Daily Caller and Mr. Munroe
The 1st Amendment obviously Doesn't Apply to the White House because the link between Psychiatric Drugs and Violence isn't any of their concern, BUT:
An earlier Wiki page on the 1st Amendment contained the following section which has since been edited out. Here's today's link.
Involuntary health care
First Amendment implications of involuntary administration of psychotropic medication arose late in the twentieth century. In Rogers v. Okin, 478 F. Supp. 1342 (D.Mass. 1979) JudgeJoseph L. Tauro for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts found:
The right to produce a thought — or refuse to do so — is as important as the right protected in Roe v. Wade to give birth or abort [...] The First Amendment protects the communication of ideas. That protected right of communication presupposes a capacity to produce ideas. As a practical matter, therefore, the power to produce ideas is fundamental to our cherished right to communicate and is entitled to comparable constitutional protection.
He went on to contend: "whatever powers the Constitution has granted our government, involuntary mind control is not one of them." Two years later in Rennie v. Klein, 653 F.2d 836 (3d. Cir. 1981), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit avoided the First Amendment and Eighth Amendment arguments proffered by the plaintiffs, finding it "preferable to look to the right of personal security recognized in Ingraham v. Wright", a Fourteenth Amendment case, in analyzing the constitutional implications of the involuntary administration of psychotropic medication.
Fascinating coincidence that the Wiki section on Involuntary Health Care has gone MIA, considering the full court press on selling even More 'Mental/Political Health' in the U.S.
Then again, this latest Slap from the Obama White House MAY have been inspired by This Petition instead.
Please Sign The Petition To Keep Obama And His Family Safe By Making The White House A Gun Free Zone