Matt Coker over at the OCWeekly has posted a story about Republican Congressman John Campbell’s “War on Christmas Carolers.”
Seems a group of UCI students called to schedule and got an appointment at Campbell’s District office in Newport Beach to express their opinions regarding specific legislation before the Congress. Unfortunately, they were met by Irvine Company security guards who prevented them from gaining access to the Congressman’s office suite which is located in an office building owned by the Irvine Company.
In addition the the hillarious irony of this bible thumping Christian barring Christmas Carolers from his office, there is an even bigger problem with what has occurred. This was not a massive rally of hundreds of people being staged on private property and disrupting business activities of the other tenants of the building, this was less than a dozen students wanting to express their opinion to their elected representative in Congress, and they had an appointment.
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
So I guess Irvine City Council member Beth Krom who is challenging Campbell in the 2010 election has been right all along. Not onlyÂ has John Campbell been out of touch with the needs of his constituents and now even the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, he doesn’t even want to hear about it.
Here is the linkto Matt Coker’s story over at OCWeekly where he details the full story of what happened last Tuesday.Â Below is the YouTube video of the carol Campbell’s office didn’t care to hear.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypUZkg64eX0&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]
Happy Holidays, or as Congressman Campbell would say, “Bah! Humbug!”.