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The Voice of the People

Last week, Pejman mused that the White House’s stated policy of reviewing any online petition that garners over 25,000 signatures obligated them to respond to the public outcry for construction of a Death Star (personally, I’m opposed — just because it would ruin the vibe of the place to have Michelle Obama’s calorie counting carrying the day in the cafeteria).

Now it seems as though there’s another digital headache cluttering the desk of whichever beleaguered White House employee is responsible for these things (this seems like a logical place to augment the constitutionally thin responsibilities of the Vice Presidency). From Politico:

CNN anchor Piers Morgan isn’t benefiting from much Christmas cheer, at least according to one measure: The number of signers on a petition urging the White House to deport Morgan has skyrocketed by late Tuesday afternoon to nearly 66,000 names.

The petition, created last week, had 65,887 supporters around 5 P.M. Tuesday and is posted on the White House’s official petition site. It slams Morgan for comments he has made regarding gun control in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six adults.

You know, I think we need to add another item to the conventional list of things that make Americans great: the hard work, the earnestness, the self-reliance, etc.

We really do impish better than almost anyone.

  1. EJHill

    I thought, to receive a green card, your sponsor (employer) had to make the case that the job you’re doing can not be filled by an American citizen. The media is full of pompous, home-grown jerks, so I don’t see how he meets that requirement.

  2. flownover

    Impish . as some would say “Brilliant !”

    America, Puncturing priggish pompous asses since 1773 .

  3. KC Mulville

    Apparently the UK doesn’t want him back. (Story)

    There’s another story about CNN’s Toure advocating that slaves should be allowed to murder their slaveowners (little late with that one, don’t you think?) and CNN’s Don Lemon advocating tracking white people after Newtown.

    This … is CNN.

  4. Guruforhire

    I think you are treating these things to seriously Troy.

    Its kind of like the old attack watch thing.  Its trolling the presidents dumb little bad faith partisan petition system with nonsense.

    Its attack watch the sequel.

  5. Percival

    Piers scampers behind the First Amendment as a defense for the reaction to his assault on the Second.

    Dude, the Bill of Rights was and is a package deal: you don’t get to pick and choose.

    (That said, violating Mr. Morgan’s Third Amendment rights would be pretty funny.  Mr. Morgan, meet your new roomie – Command Sergeant Major Chuck “the Hammer” Martel.)

  6. Modus Ponens

    This whole Piers Morgan fiasco leaves a bad taste in my mouth. While I’m tired of his rants and ignorance in regards to gun control, I don’t think he should be deported because of his opinions. Silencing the opposition is a tactic used by Progressives to shutdown debate; ironically, Piers makes much use of this tactic himself. We need to win the argument about Gun Control, not to circumvent it. Piers is a belligerent host with an unearned sense of intellectual superiority. He is not a strong advocate for gun control, just a very loud one.

  7. Maggie Leber

    Well, he would hardly be silenced by being off-shored. But perhaps he wouldn’t be as loud if he was further away… :-) 

  8. Blue State Blues

    I don’t support deporting him for expressing an opinion, although I wouldn’t miss him either. 

    He’s not the first Brit I have heard spout off on gun control and other issues in the USA.  I don’t give a rat’s [tail] what Morgan, John Cleese, and other Brits think about American politics and political issues, and I can’t believe many other Americans do either.  They can’t vote, so their opinions mean nothing.  I wish they would have the sense to keep their left-wing opinions to themselves, but the First Amendment still applies.

    That said, Britain has so many problems of its own, I think it is one of the last places on earth we would want to emulate.   The Brits don’t seem to have any awareness of how screwed up their country is.

  9. Franco

    Obviously, Morgan isn’t going to get deported, but the petition highlights something. He is a foreigner and he’s here as a guest, telling us what we should do with our house. So on top of all the other things many find off-putting about this man, we can add that he’s an ungrateful and impolite guest.

  10. Jim  Ixtian
    KC Mulville:  This…is CNN.

    And CNN has been that way for some time. Before hiring Client #9 they hired Campbell Brown, ex of the Saudi ambassador to the US and daughter of a convicted La. politician Jim Brown. Now, they’ve got Anderson Cooper who went all girly-man on camera at the mere mention of the radiation cloud from Fukushima. Perhaps you remember Kyra Phillips walking into the toilet with the mic on and blasting her sister-in-law on air. Or legal analyst Jeff Toobin who had an affair on his wife with former CNN host Jeff Greenfield’s daughter Casey, knocked her up, and then denied he was the father. That’s before one gets into Toobin paling around with disgraced GOP advisor Roger Stone, ahem…”researching” swingers clubs.

    Then there’s Octavia Nasr who praised Hezbollah cleric Mo Fadallah, limey Richard Quest who got busted for having crystal meth among many issues, Zain Verjee who seems to have male genitalia on her mind and lips;-) while broadcasting. Add to that list of rank unprofessionals like Susan Roesgen, Candy Crowley, Fareed Zakaria, Howard Kurtz. etc.

    CNN isn’t a news network, it’s an insane asylum.

  11. Blue State Blues
    Franco: Obviously, Morgan isn’t going to get deported, but the petition highlights something. He is a foreigner and he’s here as a guest, telling us what we should do with our house. So on top of all the other things many find off-putting about this man, we can add that he’s an ungrateful and impolite guest. · 12 minutes ago

    Well said, and more concisely than I.

  12. The Cloaked Gaijin
    EJHill: I thought, to receive a green card, your sponsor (employer) had to make the case that the job you’re doing can not be filled by an American citizen. The media is full of pompous, home-grown jerks, so I don’t see how he meets that requirement.

    I know that Mark Steyn frequently states that as a condition of his continued stay in the United States that he not foment revolution.  Demanding that the United States disarm its lawful citizens isn’t exactly the opposite of this idea.

  13. Western Chauvinist

    Where do I put my John Hancock?

    /nah.. just kidding. You can bet the WH will be tracking signatories on that petition. Morgan is an Obama loyalist. He’s safely on the government’s good side.

  14. Zafar

    Actually, if he’s got a Green Card he’s not really a guest any more.  Soon he’ll be as American (in terms of voting rights) as you.

    Blue State Blues

    Franco: Obviously, Morgan isn’t going to get deported, but the petition highlights something. He is a foreigner and he’s here as a guest, telling us what we should do with our house. So on top of all the other things many find off-putting about this man, we can add that he’s an ungrateful and impolite guest. · 12 minutes ago

    Well said, and more concisely than I. · 12 minutes ago

  15. Troy Senik, Ed.

    Just to be clear, I don’t actually condone deporting Morgan for his opinions either. Given the volume of signatures, I’m sure there are some nutters on there who do, but I’d like to think an awful lot of them are just having a little fun at his expense (and that of the White House’s silly online petition system). I just thought it was funny.

    Still, maybe we could reach the same end with market mechanisms? Maybe we trade Morgan for Delingpole and a Brit to be named later?

  16. Blue State Blues
    Zafar: Actually, if he’s got a Green Card he’s not really a guest any more.  Soon he’ll be as American (in terms of voting rights) as you.

    Blue State Blues

    Franco: Obviously, Morgan isn’t going to get deported, but the petition highlights something. He is a foreigner and he’s here as a guest, telling us what we should do with our house. So on top of all the other things many find off-putting about this man, we can add that he’s an ungrateful and impolite guest. · 12 minutes ago

    Well said, and more concisely than I. · 12 minutes ago

    33 minutes ago

    He would need to become an American citizen in order to vote legally.  If he does that, fine.  If not, my comments stand.

  17. with me where I am
    Western Chauvinist: Where do I put my John Hancock?

    /nah.. just kidding. You can bet the WH will be tracking signatories on thatpetition. Morgan is an Obama loyalist. He’s safely on the government’s good side. · 12 hours ago

    What was it that Mao said, “Let a thousand petitions bloom?”

  18. Edward Smith

    I understand James of England has spoken of a desire to settle here.  Maybe we can include him in the swap.

    That said, I hear tell James of Delingpole has cheesed off a few people so the British government might be more eager to make that trade.

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    Troy Senik, Ed.: Just to be clear, I don’t actually condone deporting Morgan for his opinions either. Given the volume of signatures, I’m sure there are some nutters on there who do, but I’d like to think an awful lot of them are just having a little fun at his expense (and that of the White House’s silly online petition system). I just thought it was funny.

    Still, maybe we could reach the same end with market mechanisms? Maybe we trade Morgan for Delingpole and a Brit to be named later? · 47 minutes ago

    Edited 47 minutes ago

  19. EHerring

    Re EJHill. He works for CNN. Perhaps he IS doing a job Americans won’t do.

  20. Nathaniel Wright

    I think we should start a petition to shut down the petition website.  It has become a demonstration of how the internet is on many levels ridiculous.  It demonstrates how the White House, in an attempt to be cool, has created a website that is not merely a target for internet Trolls but is instead one of the Largest Troll Bridges on the internet…the other being Reddit…another Obama hangout as it turns out.