The legalism that is creeping into America has gained far too much traction. Just the other day Northampton County resident Simon Radecki asked a question about immigration to Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey but was immediately approached and escorted out with charges.
ACLU of Pennsylvania legal director Vic Walczak stated that Mr. Radecki did not disturb the meeting but was merely making a point on a question. Mr. Radecki thanked Mr. Toomey for coming out then went off script and asked a different question than what he originally submitted:
“We’ve been here for a while. You probably haven’t seen the news. Can you confirm whether or not your daughter Bridget has been kidnapped?”
Mr. Toomey was taken by surprise as he only managed to utter “uhhh” for about four seconds. In that time, Mr. Radecki continued:
“The reason I ask is because that’s the reality of families that suffer deportation…”
Bethlehem police took Radecki outside and allegedly charged him with disorderly conduct and disrupting a public meeting. PBS39 CEO Tim Fallon issued the following statement after the meeting concluded:
“If you were in the room, it was one of the scariest things that I have ever been a part of. All I was processing was ‘Oh, my God, what has happened?’ … It was perceived as a threat by myself [and] folks I have had interactions with.”
Steve Kelly, a spokesman for Mr. Toomey, addressed the harshness of the question below:
“Asking questions that are based upon kidnapping a child is not only reprehensible, but it is inherently threatening.”
According to Mr. Toomey’s office, the decision to press charges is coming directly from the Bethlehem police department. Police Chief Mark DiLuzio has not made any comments, and according to a check of the court docket, the charges haven’t been formally filed.
Mr. Walczak from the ACLU did reach out and say that the ACLU team would grant any help Mr. Radecki would need in legal affairs. The following statement by Mr. Radecki describes his thoughts after he delivered his question:
“My only regret right now honestly is that the focus has been on me and the question I asked. And the substance of the conversation has taken a sort of back seat.”
“I believe we’re slipping into fascism. That is really scary because [those immigrants] have submitted information to the government, which is now a few months away from rounding them up. We’re in an incredibly dangerous period, and it’s imperative that people speak up and do something.”
Bruce Ledewitz, a Duquesne University, constitutional scholar, stated the core problem with the entire incident: “In a free society, there’s no such thing as a wrong question.”
Ledewitz did clarify his remarks:
“To be fair, the question the guy asked was so strange that it could have been interpreted as a threat, but this is exactly the opposite of disrupting a proceeding. Disrupting is when I interrupt someone who has the right to ask a question – I have no First Amendment right there. But they gave him the right to ask a question.”
What are your thoughts on the incident? Do you think this is another example of America losing her freedom? Let us know in the comments below!