the petition requesting that Chris Dodd be investigated for bribery was validated by the required 25,000 signatures. That's correct. The petition to have Chris Dodd investigated has reached 25,000.
If you don't know the story, it is fairly simple. After the stunning setback of SOPA and PIPA, Chris DODD, former Senator and now current President of the Motion Picture Association of America, threw a hissy fit on Fox News and openly threatened President Obama and the entire Democrat party by denying further campaign contributions until he "got on board" with the MPAA line.
From the petition web page:
"Those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake."
And just a side note from this blogger....if you hadn't made such a boneheaded statement on the public airwaves Chris, your job was most likely secure for years. That nasty taste in your mouth probably originates from the sole of your shoe. Just sayin'.
The petition alleges:
"This is an open admission of bribery and a threat designed to provoke a specific policy goal. This is a brazen flouting of the "above the law" status people of Dodd's position and wealth enjoy. We demand justice. Investigate this blatant bribery and indict every person, especially government officials and lawmakers, who is involved."
It was the original people's petition on the Whitehouse.gov website that prompted the President and several of his staff members to address SOPA/PIPA in a manner that did not please Mr. Dodd. If half the people who poo-poo'ed the relevance of this petition would have taken a minute to sign it, I believe we could have doubled the number of signatures.
But let's look at the accusation of "bribery" in this particular case.
Sure it may be wrong that a corporation or a non-governmental agency can dictate or "purchase" legislation, but it's been done for so long, it is considered business as usual in the Beltway. For years, the American People have become numb to it as they didn't see any way to bring a stop to it. Dodd may have succeeded in walking the fine line between open admission of bribery and simply stating the accepted and obvious truth.
Most important legislation can be traced back by following a money trail.
And honestly here....? I don't think many US citizens are engaged enough to even be aware of the situation....not with a new season of Survivor and Dancing with the Stars just around the corner. The old saying that "people get the government they deserve" comes readily to mind.
But this petition brings it into public awareness now. If for nothing else, to see how it is hem'ed and haw'ed about. The discomfort level should be through the roof. My personal prediction is, whoever responds to this petition will fall back on the exact semantics of the complaint, and dismiss it on those grounds.
So again, in less than 24 hours, We The People have initiated a conversation about national matters.....Important Matters. Regardless of outcome, you've drug something from the darkness into the light, and light is, after all, the best disinfectant.
In most circuimstances that is....Washington may be the exception to that rule.
We'll see how the White House couches this.