In this Schilling Show video exclusive (footage courtesy of Mark Lloyd) Congressman Tom Perriello’s Farmville Office Manager attempts to enforce and justify Perriello’s unconstitutional assault on free speech (sign-ban). See the video and read Steve Peters’ first hand account (below) of Perriello’s power grab:
My name is Steve Peters, a United States citizen and a disenfranchised constituent of Virginia Democrat Congressman Tom Perriello (VA-05).
On August 7, 2010, in Fork Union, Virginia, I was barred from exercising my right to free speech—a right endowed to me by my Creator and guaranteed to me by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. This travesty was perpetrated by a representative of Congressman Perriello, with the Congressman’s full knowledge and consent.
If Congressman Perriello’s name sounds familiar, you are not imagining things. This is the very same Democrat who arrogantly stated, “If you don’t tie our hands, we will keep stealing,” some months back. Now, I’m doubly incensed, as Perriello has graduated from stealing my money to stealing my rights.
This video footage shows the exchange that took place when a young man (Joe Topham) approached our group as we were gathered in the parking lot, prepping our signs for display in Congressman Perriello’s town hall meeting that morning. Topham did not identify himself beforehand, acting as though he was an official associated with the building’s management. During the initial conversation he firmly stated that NO SIGNS would be allowed inside the building.
Several minutes into the discussion Mr. Topham reluctantly conceded that he was actually employed by Tom Perriello as the manager of Perriello’s Farmville field office. Upon this revelation, I became upset over not only the sign ban, but also over the manner in which Topham attempted to conceal his direct relationship with Congressman Perriello.
In an attempt to mitigate Perriello’s breach of my rights, I appealed to his district director, Ridge Schuyler, to drop the sign-ban. He summarily dismissed my concerns.
After attending another town hall meeting in which signs were prohibited, I contacted the Rutherford Institute, a civil rights organization specializing in First Amendment issues. Through Rutherford’s intervention, Perriello immediately rescinded the sign ban.
But, the story did not die. Instead, it went “national” as information outlets across America covered Perriello’s attempted end-run around the Constitution.
Here, for the first time, you can actually witness the Congressman’s underhanded efforts to silence dissent. Let this videotaped confrontation serve as a record of Democrat Congressman Tom Perriello’s union-inspired attempt to steal my (and many others’) right to freedom of speech.
Don’t think it can’t happen to you. It happened to me.