November 01, 2016

“Do petitions really work?” Here’s what we’ve learned at The Rebel

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

At The Rebel, we've launched plenty of petitions to fight for various causes. Last night, I read a message from a viewer who wondered it they had any effect.

I've held different opinions about petitions over the years; let me tell you what I've realized since we started posting them here at The Rebel...

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commented 2016-11-03 18:24:45 -0400
I think Ezra’s analysis is spot on…governments may think they can afford to ignore petitions when they are tendered but businesses really can’t. The petitioners cannot change governments quickly but they can change customer loyalty.
commented 2016-11-02 17:28:56 -0400
“Speak for yourself macmaster …”

Oh, I am, MIKE. From years of first-hand experience.
commented 2016-11-01 11:01:57 -0400
Petitions have limited results with governments, they do shape politicisan’s directions indirectly – they are a barometer of public temperature on policy – a petition of 10000 electors can’t be dismissed as just “cranks letting off steam” – they hardly ever act directly on petitions but believe me they pay attention to them and it effects policy administration or direction by attrition.

Private corporations are definitely swayed by petitions, it’s the whole reason business has gotten “politically correct” – because of political pressure from the fanatical left.
commented 2016-11-01 10:03:38 -0400
Speak for yourself macmaster
commented 2016-11-01 09:57:35 -0400
In addition to petitions, another activist method for those of us opposed to regressive socialist policies is to mob the processes of the regressive socialist governments.

For example, Eggen, who is not an invisible minister in the Non-Democratic Party government of Alberta to his credit, has a survey regarding the planned curriculum changes in Alberta education.

Go to the site and fill it out. Mob the survey. As I posted before, it is a weasel survey in how it asks the questions, but if you are truly concerned about education in Alberta, take the time to answer the 11 weasel questions and then considerable time giving a thoughtful written response of up to 250 words.

The Non-Democrats will ram through their changes, but these surveys will need to remain on file which will assist the, hopefully, next government to reverse the changes.
commented 2016-11-01 09:30:40 -0400
P’tishun: old Cree word meaning “long list of people who won’t take real action”.
commented 2016-11-01 09:03:31 -0400
If it’s just giving a feeling of involvement , it’s worth signing those petitions , cause otherwise our voices are not heard , at least until they ask us to vote every 4 years.
commented 2016-11-01 08:51:14 -0400
Woops, I guess that should be "Its’ success …
commented 2016-11-01 08:48:43 -0400
Sure, not all petitions work, but some do. Is it possible to take on petitions only for those that you know will work? Well sure, if you know if they will work ahead of time, but who does?

It is the act of making the petition that is a symbol in itself. It’s success is the bonus.