Republican representative pressures Voice of the People to uninvite Constitution Party of Pennsylvania chairman from immigration rally

Representative Daryl Metcalfe® of District 12 in Butler County denied a constituent Mr. Hagan Smith Chairman of the Constitution Party of PA his Right of Free Speech at a Rally in Harrisburg. Mr. Smith and Rep. Metcalfe were scheduled to speak at the Rally held by the group Voice of the People USA on September 1, 2007.

On the evening before the Rally Mr. Frank Scavo, Chairman of the group Voice of the People USA called Mr. Smith to inform him that Rep. Metcalfe had told him that if Mr. Smith was going to speak at the rally that he would not come to the Rally. Mr. Scavo made the decision to remove Mr. Smith from the Rally because of Rep. Metcalfe’s official capacity.

Mr. Smith had spoken at many other Rallies held by the Voice of the People USA and always was complimented by the crowd and the organization for his speeches on the Constitution and how government is operating outside the scope of their duties. There had not been a request to remove Mr. Smith before at these Rallies by any other politician or speaker. This leads to the Question, why did Rep. Metcalfe discourage Mr. Scavo from allowing Mr. Smith to speak at the Rally? The only rational explanation could be that Rep. Metcalfe is violating the Constitution and usurping his power or Rep. Metcalfe’s stance on Illegal Immigration is only lip service and he is pandering to the People for votes. Either way, what Rep. Metcalfe did was unconscionable and unbecoming of a public official and shows he has no respect for the Constitution which he swore to uphold, protect and defend.

NO PUBLIC OFFICIAL SHOULD EVER MAKE A REQUEST LIKE REP. METCALFE MADE, EVEN IF THE PERSON HAS A DIFFERING OPINION OR BELIEF THAN THEIRS! WE HAVE A RIGHT AND DUTY TO QUESTION GOVERNMENT.

What makes this so unmistakably wrong is that Rep. Metcalfe violated Mr. Smith’s Rights enumerated and protected by the Constitution for the United States of America and the Constitution for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which are listed below.

Constitution for the United States of America (Bill of Rights)

1st Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Constitution for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Declaration of Rights)

Article 1 Section 1: All men are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent and indefeasible rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing and protecting property and reputation, and of pursuing their own happiness.

Article 1 Section 2: All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness. For the advancement of these ends they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think proper.

Article 1 Section 7: The printing press shall be free to every person who may undertake to examine the proceedings of the Legislature or any branch of government, and no law shall ever by made to restrain the right thereof. The free communication of thoughts and opinions is one of the invaluable rights of man, and every citizen may freely speak, write and print on any subject, being responsible for the abuse of that liberty. No conviction shall be had in any prosecution for the publication of papers relating to the official conduct of officers or men in public capacity, or to any other matter proper for public investigation or information, where the fact that such publication was not maliciously or negligently made shall be established to the satisfaction of the jury; and in all indictments for libels the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the facts, under the direction of the court, as in other cases.

Article 1 Section 20: The citizens have a right in a peaceable manner to assemble together for their common good, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances or other proper purposes by petition, address or remonstrance.

Article 1 Section 25: To guard against the transgressions of the high powers which we have delegated, we declare that everything in this article is excepted out of the general powers of government and shall forever remain inviolate.

Article 1 Section 26: Neither the Commonwealth nor any political subdivision thereof shall deny to any person the enjoyment of any civil right, nor discriminate against any person in the exercise of any civil right.

Article 6 Section 3: Senators, Representatives and all judicial, State and county officers shall, before entering on the duties of their respective offices, take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation before a person authorized to administer oaths. “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.” The oath or affirmation shall be administered to a member of the Senate or to a member of the House of Representatives in the hall of the House to which he shall have been elected. Any person refusing to take the oath or affirmation shall forfeit his office.

I am asking everyone who reads this, if you believe in the Constitution, if you believe that it is the Supreme Law of the Land and you believe that people absolutely have Rights and government should never interfere with them then please call or e-mail Rep. Metcalfe and Voice of the People.

Source: Ronald E. Smith
www.cpofpa.org

E-mail Voice of the People: [email protected]

Phone Voice of the People:
Daniel Smeriglio - 570 578 1370 Andrew Woodring - 570 578 3172

E-mail Rep. Metcalfe: Click here to e-mail Member

Phone Rep. Metcalfe:

Cranberry Township Municipal Building
Phone: (724) 772-3110
Fax: (724) 772-2922
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 4:30pm

Middlesex Township
Phone: 724-898-1500
Fax: 724-898-1606
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9am to 4:30pm
Thursday 10am to 4:30pm

Capitol Address, Phone Numbers

Telephone: (717) 783-1707
Fax: (717) 787-4771

31 Responses to “Republican representative pressures Voice of the People to uninvite Constitution Party of Pennsylvania chairman from immigration rally”

  1. Cody Quirk Says:

    No suprises- the two-party system works that way.

  2. Lisa Says:

    Rep. Metcalfe has tried to do the same thing to New American Independent Party Chairman Michael Thompson several times. So it is not new.

  3. matt Says:

    That’s a tough break and certainly unfair, but it isn’t unconstitutional or even illegal, I daresay. All this talk about every percieved slight being a constitutional crisis is rather offputting, especially since we are in the middle of an actual (Bush-based) constitutional crisis.

  4. TL Says:

    If VotPUSA had had any balls, they would have dropped the congress-critter and invited Smith, with a polite (but detailed) explanation for why Metcalfe was not in attendance.

  5. matt Says:

    The Bill of Rights limits the power of the federal government. It is relevant to government actions, inasmuch as they would infringe on the inherent rights of individuals, states, or other entities.

    You have no inherent right to be invited to some stupid rally, and a US congressman has every right to say that he will not attend if you do. Them’s the breaks. The constitution is a set of rules, it isn’t a box to pile your greivances into.

  6. Lisa Says:

    I have to agree with Matt. As I said before, Metcalfe did this previously with NAIP chairman Thompson. I have seen Democrats not want to invite Green Party speakers to environmental rallies. It is just one more hurdle that third parties have to contend with. But, it is not unconstitutional.

  7. rj Says:

    I concur with Matt as well. A private rally can invite and disinvite whoever they please.

  8. citizen1 Says:

    The Voice of the People? How ironic.

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    Everyone is right. What is not said, however, is that Representative Metcalfe, a state official not a congressman, has operated this way for ten years. He uses intimidation and scare tactics to coerce people into doing things HIS way. He cites constitutional and biblical and other sources for his holier than thou attitude. He is a power-hungry mean-spirited disrespectful representative, and that might be a misnomer because he represents no one in the 12th district but himself.

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