Apparently, some brilliant citizen is using their constitutionally guaranteed right of petition to ask the government to build a Death Star.
At first glance, this appears to be a bunch of deranged Star Wars fans playing a practical joke on the White House’s petition website. That’s the way it was reported in Le Monde and Gizmodo, where I ran across it. But it’s funnier than just a practical joke. It’s a hilarious satire of American military spending, on our defense budget that it more than twice the budget of the next five largest militaries combined, and our special love for boondoggle defense projects. I mean, who can’t imagine some Pentagon bigwig saying, “Fear will keep the regional leaders in line. Fear of this battle station.”