Video: SEIU activists try to set ObamaCare opponents straight

posted at 2:55 pm on August 7, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

After the President himself talked about getting in people’s faces when they oppose his policies and setting up snitch lines at the White House, the only shocker in this video is that it took so long for townhalls to turn violent. The SEIU showed up in t-shirted uniform to a townhall meeting for Rep. Russ Carnahan in St. Louis, apparently intent on demonstrating union tactics in organizing elections if Congress passes Card Check. The video below shows the immediate aftermath of the attack, including the arrest of one of the SEIU’s thugs:

His excuse? After being berated by a member of the crowd for attacking a black conservative for opposing ObamaCare, the union thug replied, “He attacked America!” The same goon made a threatening motion to the vocal witness, but perhaps thought better of it when he saw the camera. Police eventually responded and started arresting a number of people, including one reporter on the scene:

Kenneth Gladney, a 38-year-old conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with “Don’t tread on me” printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room of the St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was waiting to be treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face that he suffered in the attack. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack started.

“It just seems there’s no freedom of speech without being attacked,” he said.

Pay attention, America. This is a glimpse into the next three years of the Obama administration, at least using the same logic by which the Left accuses health-care reform opponents of “astroturfing”. If its policies get organized opposition, especially at events designed to allow for public debate, purple-shirted thugs will appear to crack heads and scare off the opposition.

And if nothing else, it’s a great look at how the unions will act once the secret ballot gets eliminated from organizing elections.


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I just got home from work and scanned this thread. Where are my favorite trolls? I expected them to be here defending SEIU. Has anyone seen them on one of the threads today?

Red State State of Mind on August 7, 2009 at 8:13 PM

They’re on the other threads.

fossten on August 7, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Barry,

We will smack you down day by day. Your purple shirt union goons are outnumbered. Your poll numbers are going down and you and pelosi will be circling the drain in short order. The trolls are scared to even post anything anymore.

Nice work after only six months.

Geochelone on August 7, 2009 at 8:37 PM

This purple shirt sh*t will certainly help gun sales. Everyone will be packing heat just to go to the grocery store.

You betcha.

Geochelone on August 7, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Time for the NEW Minutemen. To, at a moments notice, protect the old and infirm from the UNION GOONS

Jeff from WI on August 7, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Where are my favorite trolls?

Red State State of Mind on August 7, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Obama is such a disaster that troll sphincters are permanently puckered. They are in hiding never to see the light of day.

Geochelone on August 7, 2009 at 9:05 PM

The Unions are trying to do to American who theu did to the auto industry.

bayview on August 7, 2009 at 9:07 PM

Let’s see….. a black conservative, beat up by a bunch of white union thugs, caught on video.
Shades of Rodney King.
Meanwhile……. where’s Jesse Jackson? Where’s Al Sharpton? Where’s Obama saying that the union thugs acted ‘stupidly’? Oh yeah, that’s right. He’s advocated his own staff to say to “punch back harder,” and himself say, “Get in their faces!”

ToddonCapeCod on August 7, 2009 at 9:20 PM

I think Obama is going to quickly discover that while Chicago is in America, that doesn’t make America Chicago.

This thug crap isn’t going to fly.

I still cannot believe that a man who couldn’t even bring hope and change to Chicago was elected to bring it to America.

RobertInLexington on August 7, 2009 at 9:25 PM

I like this. A lot.

It is a 9.4 meg download (just under the 10 meg limit of most free email services) of a fishy email to send to the whitehouse.

Gee, I hope thousands of people don’t all send 10 meg emails to the whitehouse…

JustTruth101 on August 7, 2009 at 9:32 PM

It’s hilarious watching SEIU trying to come up with something DANGEROUS that the ‘other’ side has done. Check out this phone call that just scare them to death. With their background you’d think they wouldn’t scare so easily.

http://speakmymindblog.com/2009/08/07/this-is-the-best-seiu-can-come-up-with/

sherryande on August 7, 2009 at 9:46 PM

I think Obama is going to quickly discover that while Chicago is in America, that doesn’t make America Chicago.

This thug crap isn’t going to fly.

RobertInLexington on August 7, 2009 at 9:25 PM

I think thats true.
These thugs and the leftie/liberals who support them are like the brutal “in your face” racists of the last century imo.
There was a time when they could swagger around and quite openly get away with whatever they wanted. Society and culture changed..but they couldn’t, in part because of their arrogance and pomposity. Then one day..to their surprise, they found themselves on the fringe and no longer the status quo.
I’m sure they didn’t believe it was happening.

These liberal/leftie bigots are in for a shock imo. Their behavior is as outragous as the racists of the past…its all out in the open and they probably feel very justified and supported by the public. Instead of calling people niggers before they beat them down, they’re called “teabaggers”.
The only thing missing is the noose.

They’re in for a surprise.

Itchee Dryback on August 7, 2009 at 9:47 PM

We need to organize “sons of liberty” with people trained in civil disobedience tactics and self-defense….

break a few union thugs’ knees after they attack and their enthusiasm for being stormtroopers will wane.

sven10077 on August 7, 2009 at 2:58 PM

I think this is absolutely true. We already know what the unions are going to do, because they have a history of using extreme violence to bully people into backing down from them. They must be met with force, because it’s the only thing these a-holes respect. This is going to get very ugly very soon, and those who cherish their freedom have to be ready to literally fight back with overwhelming force against those who would deny us our liberty. I’m not talking about going out looking for fights, but being ready to meet violence with superior force is a must. And bring your camera phones and video recorders. The left, their union storm troopers and their steno pool in Big Media will do everything they can to pin their violence on protesters, but raw video doesn’t lie.

holygoat on August 7, 2009 at 9:49 PM

I wonder if “the One” could be arrested for instigating a hate crime for this.

Sterling Holobyte on August 7, 2009 at 9:59 PM

holygoat on August 7, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Amen. It is past time to ensure that our vocal seniors and friends don’t stand alone against gangs of Acorn goons and union thugs. It took 6 of them to attack Kenneth Gladney in St. Louis. Anyone really believe that if even 2 or 3 guys stood up to them they would have done anything?

Union thugs have always been cowards, preferring to attack individuals away from help. SEIU is no different.

If there is anything being organized in WA state I would be interested in knowing about it.

iconoclast on August 7, 2009 at 10:20 PM

How are these t-shirted thugs any different than Amedinajad’s Besiji thugs?

KW64 on August 7, 2009 at 10:43 PM

itchee dryback said

Instead of calling people niggers before they beat them down, they’re called “teabaggers”.

Actually the term “teabagging” is already being used….for something quite different.

uptight on August 7, 2009 at 11:10 PM

We need to hurt this union bad.

Boycott all restaurants and hotels that use SEIU help.

Jeff from WI on August 7, 2009 at 11:11 PM

Stop spending $$ in SEIU worker places of business now!

BOYCOTT!

Jeff from WI on August 7, 2009 at 11:12 PM

If you can, boycott ALL Union businesses now!

Jeff from WI on August 7, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Don’t buy union made goods!

Jeff from WI on August 7, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Barry,

We will smack you down day by day. Your purple shirt union goons are outnumbered. Your poll numbers are going down and you and pelosi will be circling the drain in short order. The trolls are scared to even post anything anymore.

Nice work after only six months.

Geochelone on August 7, 2009 at 8:37 PM

There is a Tea Party protest scheduled at SEIU headquarters in St. Louis.

http://stlouisteaparty.com/2009/08/07/demand-justice-denounce-violence-saturday-at-seiu-office/

TN Mom on August 7, 2009 at 11:25 PM

What if we “knighted” the union people at the rally:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qtgm5g5Gyo

Jeff from WI on August 7, 2009 at 11:40 PM

In the now infamous words of Sean Connery “If they bring a knife, you bring a gun. It’s the Chicago Way”.

Big John on August 7, 2009 at 11:47 PM

There will be blood.

Star20 on August 7, 2009 at 11:48 PM

More angry white hate mobs. Their desperation knows no boundaries.

dcwvu on August 7, 2009 at 11:59 PM

There is a Tea Party protest scheduled at SEIU headquarters in St. Louis.

http://stlouisteaparty.com/2009/08/07/demand-justice-denounce-violence-saturday-at-seiu-office/

TN Mom on August 7, 2009 at 11:25 PM

Yes I heard about that. Why not take it to their front door and ring the bell a few times. Purple people eaters.

Americans make me proud.

Geochelone on August 8, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Here is an actual quote from a MoveOn.org mass e-mail just sent today:

Dear MoveOn member,
It’s getting ugly out there.

All across the country, right-wing extremists are disrupting congressional town-hall meetings with venomous attacks on President Obama’s plans for health care and clean energy.

Last night in Tampa, Florida, a town hall meeting erupted into violence, with the police being called to break up fist fights and shoving matches.1
A Texas Democrat was shouted down by right-wing hecklers, many of whom admitted they didn’t even live in his district.2
One North Carolina representative announced he wouldn’t be holding any town-hall meetings after his office began receiving death threats.3
And in Maryland, protesters hung a Democratic congressman in effigy to oppose health-care reform.4
We’ve got a plan to fight back against these radical right-wingers. We’ve hired skilled grassroots organizers who are working with thousands of local volunteers to show Congress that ordinary Americans continue to support President Obama’s agenda for change. And we’re building new online tools to track events across the country and make sure MoveOn members turn out at each one.

MoveOn is asking for donations to support their effort. So now we’ve got MoveOn goons as well as union thugs planning to intrude upon these meetings, not because they would have attended these meetings originally, but only for the sole purpose of trying to drown out you, the taxpaying, hardworking, ordinary American citizen who sincerely wanted to have your voice heard. This is what we are up against.

I will not be intimidated by these goons. I e-mailed MoveOn.org and told them to go to hell, to go get their money from Soros, and that they are Communist bastards.

And as these meetings continue to descend into chaos, that will be the lasting image in our representatives’ minds when Congress reconvenes to try to hammer this out. The thuggery will ignite a backlash the likes of which this Nation has never seen. Our representatives should be scared out of their minds to even think of touching that monstrosity of a bill with a 49.5-foot pole, knowing that 2010 draws ever nearer.

This is war. Fight the thuggery with even greater numbers and a louder voice, and we will prevail.

OneVision on August 8, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Well if the SEIU is there to “set us straight”, I think its time to put out a call to A Gathering of Eagles and the Minute Men to make sure they “protect” the SEIU in their mission.

elduende on August 8, 2009 at 12:13 AM

How’d you like to wake up next to that moron every morning?

bloggless on August 8, 2009 at 12:21 AM

There will be blood.

Star20 on August 7, 2009 at 11:48 PM

That’s the problem. Honestly, I’m stunned and amazed by how stupid the democrats are acting. It’s actually making me laugh. Hard.

But it will stop being funny when people start getting hurt and blood flows.
I mean these people are old. They’re in their 50′s 60′s and 70′s and they severely pissed and scared they could literally have heart attacks while the phone cameras are filming this.

B Man on August 8, 2009 at 12:27 AM

B Man on August 8, 2009 at 12:27 AM

What’s up B Man! long time no read.

elduende on August 8, 2009 at 12:31 AM

Hey elduende, I’m just laughing at the D meltdown I’m seeing.
I happened to be watching O reilly today where they played a clip of Obama literally screaming into his mics.
Does he look PISSED. Literally made me laugh out loud.
Shades o Wright if you ask me.

This guy is looking like Nixon lately.
And people thought he was ‘cool’ and calm during the debates with McCain. I tried, I really did to convince people I knew that he was a phony, but they bought the act.

lol seeing elduende’s name reminds me of Iran, too.
I saw a second of Maddows show the other day talking about dinner-jacket her words (that I saw) were something like “he’s in trouble!” obvious award for the week goes to her. She also looked worried. Oh how liberals feel pain when dictators are picked on. lol

B Man on August 8, 2009 at 12:38 AM

B Man on August 8, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Amazing to watch the mask slip and our country start to wake up isn’t it?

They do love their dictators don’t they? Look how they trashed the Honduran Constitution by supporting Zelaya.

For us I think now that the mask has slipped from their faces the hard part starts. These people are not going to be thwarted by public opinion anymore than the Iranian coup leaders were. They are thugs at heart and will respond accordingly.

elduende on August 8, 2009 at 1:05 AM

What gets me is, we are going to have to deal with this guy being like this for 3 more years??

B Man on August 8, 2009 at 1:24 AM

This is why there is a second amendment to The Constitution. An AR-15 would be about the best investment an American could make right about now.

hawkdriver on August 8, 2009 at 1:41 AM

More angry white hate mobs. Their desperation knows no boundaries.

dcwvu on August 7, 2009 at 11:59 PM

I guess you want to live in a society where the government picks who is allowed to be angry. You people are evil.

hawkdriver on August 8, 2009 at 1:49 AM

What gets me is, we are going to have to deal with this guy being like this for 3 more years??

B Man on August 8, 2009 at 1:24 AM

Whether he forces this healthcare thing on us or he fails, his political capital is gone. We’ll be able to contain him for the next couple of years. Unless of course he decides he’s an autocrat and then we’ll see how long he remains where he is.

elduende on August 8, 2009 at 1:51 AM

hawkdriver on August 8, 2009 at 1:49 AM

Our brothers and sisters in uniform need to be aware what’s going on at home. The time may come when they and others in uniform are what stand between us and a complete socialist takeover. Spread the word.

elduende on August 8, 2009 at 1:54 AM

One thing I don’t understand… The thugs are wearing union shirts. ergo, they are most likely acting under some sort of direction from the union.

I think the thing that would break the back of this would be to use the same tactics of the left, namely using to courts to instigate a crushing lawsuit or finding a friendly prosecutor to file RICO.

Of course, I am not so sure that would work. If the case gets to SCOTUMS one of the learned justices will be that nameless wise latino woman.

Seriously thought, I would think that a civil suit would go a long way toward slowing down the thuggery.

bullseye on August 8, 2009 at 6:21 AM

Hey elduende, I’m just laughing at the D meltdown I’m seeing.
I happened to be watching O reilly today where they played a clip of Obama literally screaming into his mics.

B Man on August 8, 2009 at 12:38 AM

I suppose the teletubbie is in ALL CAPS for when his handlers want him to scream or it shows [scowl] BLA|H BLAH BLAH UM BLAH ERM BLAK [Look really mean] Blah Blah Blah

bullseye on August 8, 2009 at 6:24 AM

I agree. Having someone pull out a gun at one of these events is just what the left is panting for us to do. Our most powerful and effective weapon right now is the camera. Record everything.

inmypajamas on August 7, 2009 at 4:38 PM

How about some of that Indelible dye that they use for bank robberies??? Perhaps it would come in pink just for kicks.

bullseye on August 8, 2009 at 6:26 AM

More angry white hate mobs. Their desperation knows no boundaries.

dcwvu on August 7, 2009 at 11:59 PM

You little racist puke. You have no idea what you’re even saying, you’re just spewing. You aren’t even aware that a BLACK MAN was beaten up in one of these ‘white hate mobs.’ Moron.

fossten on August 8, 2009 at 6:27 AM

No, when it comes to health care, he actually does wanna get mad.

It’s totally about him and his administration and whether it(he) fails or not.

The guy just has NO tolerance for people questioning him at all.

B Man on August 8, 2009 at 6:30 AM

Without knowing any of the facts, I would just like to say that I think this ‘flag seller’ acted stupidly, and he may have racially profiled the SEIU members.

Mr Purple on August 8, 2009 at 6:58 AM

Looks like another Beerfest is in the President’s future.

yoda on August 8, 2009 at 7:24 AM

Labor Unions are nothing but Money Pools for Organized Crime. The people who join them are weak, and the Thugs that run them are enemies of America. You don’t scare me, you worthless *^&#^@# Lemmings. Bring it on… @$$holes!

ronnyraygun on August 8, 2009 at 8:44 AM

I wanna see proof that these politicians are receiving death threats. I do not believe the lying ba$tards.

becki51758 on August 8, 2009 at 9:11 AM

Seems the only real difference between the Sturmabteilung and the SEIU are the uniforms…

Wake up America! For God’s sake…wake up!!

coldwarrior on August 8, 2009 at 9:17 AM

The left are so childish. When they do not get their way they now go totally berserk and commit violence to get their way.

The action of their “MOB” and the demands of the Representative confirms the left are power hungry and expect complete control over the public, because their egotistical brain trust-Marx and Stalin-dictate it.

MSGTAS on August 8, 2009 at 9:42 AM

It’s definitely how unions behave. EFCA absolutely must not go through with card check.

AnninCA on August 8, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Also, let’s not forget who gave the orders to commit violence against those who vocally speak out against HR 3200. President Obama, told his minions what to do to prevent the opposition from expressing their “Free Speech” rights.

MSGTAS on August 8, 2009 at 9:57 AM

This is why there is a second amendment to The Constitution. An AR-15 would be about the best investment an American could make right about now.

hawkdriver on August 8, 2009 at 1:41 AM

Locked and loaded here. Def Con 5.
This stuff is chilling on the one hand, but gets my blood boiling, also. It is shocking to see the imposter-in-chief issuing orders to his private security force to deal with common citizens expressing their points of view. I guess that’s the most chilling part to me. This whole situation is just tearing my heart out. I am getting one of those cold, iron-plated angers. Phil Collins expresses it for me.

Proud Texan on August 8, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Proud Texan on August 8, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Amen Brother. You guys have enough room for at least two more proud Americans who want to be Texans who still beleive in the Constitution?

hawkdriver on August 8, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Can anyone tell me who are the companies that employ these SEIU thugs? We can’t have a boycott, unless we know who they work for.

bloggless on August 8, 2009 at 11:29 AM

hawkdriver on August 8, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Come on in.

Proud Texan on August 8, 2009 at 11:32 AM

And still this is not in our daily newspaper.

Yours?

PattyJ on August 8, 2009 at 11:36 AM

PattyJ on August 8, 2009 at 11:36 AM

I quit reading and taking newspapers after we finished housebreaking the dog.

Proud Texan on August 8, 2009 at 11:51 AM

There is an extraordinary lesson in this confrontation. The racist question the SEIU thug asked Mr. Gladney was, “What kind of n…..r are you?” Then proceeded to scuff him up.

This is basically the same question that Mr. Harry Alford was asked by “Call me Senator I think I’ve earned it” Barbara Boxer (D-CA) as well as by Justice Clarence Thomas and many other blacks who happen to be conservatives. This is essentially the question that racist Dems as well as blacks use against other blacks when they fall “out of line” such as Mr. Gladney was apparently doing by selling “Don’t Tread on Me” stuff.

The thugs who used a racist slur against Mr. Ken Gladney in St. Louis ought to be tried for a hate crime as well as assault. The “organizers” who sent them there ought to be coconspirators to commit assault and infringe upon someone’s freedom of speech. They should be pursued, tried and imprisoned. Blacks everywhere ought to be shown this story and see this telling, revealing question by one black man to another for exactly what it is—control.

Am I wrong?

ted c on August 8, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Our brothers and sisters in uniform need to be aware what’s going on at home. The time may come when they and others in uniform are what stand between us and a complete socialist takeover. Spread the word.

elduende on August 8, 2009 at 1:54 AM

Brothers and sisters? I’m in uniform and if you’re not in uniform, you’re not my brother or sister in uniform. That’s military brat type speak.

TTheoLogan on August 8, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Hell Ya’ Boycott! Boycott anyone and anything associated with the political Left. I’ve been doing it since the Clinton era and it’s very rewarding to the soul. And if theses Useful Idiots hate capitalism so much… Fire em’… any and every Democrat that you may employ.

ronnyraygun on August 8, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Two words for those who might be bullied by someone pressing forward against you in a crowd:

Shin scrape.

Effective, undectable.

guntotinglibertarian on August 8, 2009 at 3:22 PM

From Wikipedia;

The SEIU is a neo-socialist union founded in 1921 in Chicago

That explains a lot.
Neo-socialists from Chicago.

jgapinoy on August 8, 2009 at 4:19 PM

SEIU is a neo-socialist union founded in 1921 Chicago: translate gangster organizations.

Driefromseattle on August 8, 2009 at 5:33 PM

SEIU is a neo-socialist union founded in 1921 Chicago: translate gangster organizations.

Driefromseattle on August 8, 2009 at 5:33 PM

I’m wondering if ACORN & SEIU can be attacked using the RICO Laws

Jeff from WI on August 8, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Hell Ya’ Boycott! Boycott anyone and anything associated with the political Left. I’ve been doing it since the Clinton era and it’s very rewarding to the soul. And if theses Useful Idiots hate capitalism so much… Fire em’… any and every Democrat that you may employ.

ronnyraygun on August 8, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Agreed…BOYCOTT EVERY RESTAURANT, BOYCOTT EVERY HOTEL WHERE SEIU IS IN PLACE. Bring them down, bring Vegas & Jersey to it’s knees.

Jeff from WI on August 8, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Jeff from WI on August 8, 2009 at 6:50 PM

That’s the spirit.

Geochelone on August 8, 2009 at 8:05 PM

It’s the Chicago way!

jeffn21 on August 10, 2009 at 9:34 AM

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