“American Death Star” petition clears threshold for White House response

It’s official: the petition urging the White House to “secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016” has received the necessary 25,000 signatures to trigger a White House response.

The petition reads, in part:

By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense.

Securing resources and funding may prove to be a bit of a challenge; the amount of iron necessary to build an imperial Death Star would require taking a big chunk out of the Earth’s core and would cost roughly $852 quadrillion, or 13,000 times the Earth’s GDP.

death starThe petition takes advantage of a new White House initiative that promises an official response to any petition receiving over 25,000 signatures on petitions.whitehouse.gov. The site has a wide range of petitions, from serious to secessionist (and counter-secessionist) to unapologetic trolling.

Some of the more ridiculous petitions include those which ask the administration to allow soldiers to keep their hands in their pockets, or nationalize the Twinkie industry to “prevent our nation from losing her sweet creamy center.”

Another popular petition concerned Texas’ secession, though it remains unclear how many of the signatories were non-Texans simply hoping to rid us of Lone Star State once and for all.

For the most part, though, the petitions on the site are serious and shed light on the various niche issues that citizens wish to bring to the government’s attention.

I can’t wait to read the White House’s response to this one.

White House Death Star petition

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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