Yesterday the people of Hazleton got a wake-up call about the benefits of their immigrant population, and it was Lou Barletta whose disinformation was exposed. Today, it’s state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (Cranberry) who’s been exposed trying to manipulate the public.
Metcalfe’s report (available online for lovers of disaster fiction) compiles 120 apocryphal tales of Pennsylvanians “whose lives have been unnecessarily lost or irreparably damaged due to the federal government’s outright refusal to honor the constitutional obligation of securing America’s borders against foreign invaders.”
What the report really consists of is Daryl Metcalfe’s personal thoughts and feelings on stories he read in the newspaper. “Innocent until proven guilty” goes right out the window as he treats arrests and convictions the same. That’s a safe practice in a state notorious for racial profiling, right?
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, even John “foreign criminals” Morganelli, Northampton County district attorney and one of PA’s most vocal immigration opponents, is giving Metcalfe’s scary story a bad review:
“The report was, in my view, poorly constructed … it was a compilation of opinions and inferences drawn from arrests that really did not support the conclusion that an ‘invasion’ is occurring in Pennsylvania. It also seemed to treat ‘arrests’ and ‘convictions’ as the same without noting the important distinction that an ‘arrest’ is only an allegation.
“Although I have noted arrests in public statements, it is important to note that an arrest is NOT (emphasis original) a conviction, and everyone arrested is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Dimitri Vassilaros at the Trib offered Metcalfe the chance to defend his work, to which Metcalfe responded that he had no interest in fact-checking or follow through. “You have your spin on this story…. Obviously, you are trying to pick apart every word being used. I don’t agree with you. I am done with … your nitpicking.”
A note to the people of Pennsylvania: YOU ARE BEING MANIPULATED.
No one’s saying that ‘illegal immigration’ is just okey-dokey, but how can we come to a reasonable solution when our leaders are aligning themselves with racists and white supremacists and pumping out disinformation?
Thomas Jefferson believed that the most essential ingredient in a free country was a well-informed citizenry.
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be… if we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.”
Herman Goering, Nazi leader, shared a similar belief, albeit expressed differently:
“Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
Chris in Philly