The idiotic push to deport CNN’s Piers Morgan for exercising free speech has focused renewed attention on the White House’s “We the People” petition initiative, with some recommending that the program be scrapped, and others (like Mediaite‘s Josh Feldman) predicting its demise. While there are many stupid petitions garnering many stupid signatures, the dumbest has to be a petition to demand that President Obama impeach himself, which has been signed by over 45,000 dummies, or the one demanding federal funding for a Death Star, which has garnered over 32,000 signatures. Despite this foolishness, the program is not only worth saving, it is of indispensable value to the eponymous “We the people.”

The complaints about the system are valid, from my own consternation at the way it amplifies our ugliest voices to the rest of the world, to Josh’s criticism of the White House’s elastic rules for responding, to The Daily Beast’s Megan McArdle‘s concern about the time wasted, and the multiplier effect of publicized idiocy.

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