your right, it is a joke and a social manipulation, and there will be NO white house action beyond a form letter. But, these petitions do garner some attention. I see nothing wrong with using it as a social tool to wake up the masses to serious issues.
It’s true that it won’t wake all, or even a lot, but I see it as an erosion of their propaganda, and as such, is worth a little effort.
I also love the irony of using one of their tools against them. :)
Just open the box and see