We can accept that Barack Obama will be in the White House for the next four years, but it’s getting harder to believe that the “We the People” petition site will stick around on WhiteHouse.gov for that long. Once word got out that anyone could start a petition to demand anything and have it seen by the president once 25,000 names were collected, the site became a bit of a free-for-all, as demonstrated by this handy graphic.
Man, deporting Piers Morgan and letting Texas secede got nothin' on recognizing Westboro as a hate group. pic.twitter.com/aSTlQSNw
— jessica testa (@jtes) January 4, 2013
It was only days after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., that people demanding a scapegoat launched a petition to have the NRA declared a terrorist organization, and the the House GOP in the headlines over the fiscal cliff vote, the Tea Party again has become a target for hate, with citizens calling for a formal declaration of the Tea Party as a terrorist group. It certainly doesn’t help cool the national mood when someone like House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer compares his colleagues to child hostage-takers, but here we are.
That is It America, End republicans For Once and For ALL> Sign This NOW!!!http://t.co/CcwygXCT
— B T (@bigtime1957) January 1, 2013
— Def Jeff (@eqracer) January 1, 2013
Reclassify the GOP/Tea Party as a terrorist organization and arrest all GOP Congresspeople. http://t.co/PPzOF75L
— Elizabeth Rowe (@juliet316) January 2, 2013
Here’s the text of the petition:
The Tea party is a Home Grown Terrorist Group, They are bringing our Government to it’s knees, They stock pile guns, The Republican Party should be considered a faction of the Tea Party, For they have killed Abortion Doctors, burned Abortion Clinics, They been on the wrong side of every major issue in this Country, But The Tea Party carries guns to political Rallies, To Influence anyone that questions them, They Talk about succession, They Talk about a civil war, They Talk about Taking back this Country, Well I for one never want them to over throw our Government, and They need to be stopped NOW!!
Pres should designate Tea Party a terrorist org.
— Tom Gordon (@tgordon39) January 3, 2013
@AmayaNSugar can we agree that the Tea Party is now a terrorist organization? Those guys are essentially the Klan with a new name.
— A. Cedric Armstrong (@cedteaches) January 3, 2013
@LibertyBelleJ tea party behaving like terrorist organization or perhaps nazi party
— Maurice Ross (@MauriceMichael) January 4, 2013
@TheNewDeal that's funny because the modern far right GOP is essentially the American Taliban
— Christoph Odinson (@mandoskirata) January 3, 2013
— texusnexus (@Xistnt) January 4, 2013
We had thought the Tea Party was driven primarily by racism, but the focus now seems to be on “economic terrorism,” which isn’t to be confused with running up $16 trillion in debt.
Curiously, the petition stands at 8 signatures; far fewer than the number of tweets linking to it would have you believe. Perhaps venting is enough?