By now you have probably heard about the incident last night in Gadsden, the suburb of St. Louis where a man handing out flags at a health care town hall meeting was assaulted by union thugs from Service Employees International Union SEIU.
Yesterday, union bosses called out the dogs to defend socialism against the freedom-loving Americans who have been speaking out against the government health care plan at town hall meetings. It didn’t take long for a pack of them to show up in St. Louis last night and start causing trouble.
Neil Cavuto interviewed Kenneth Gladney this afternoon about the incident.
Gladney said he was giving out the “Don’t Tread on Me” flags when someone walked up to him and asked, “Who in the (expletive) is selling this (expletive) here?”
Gladney said he asked him if he wanted one of his flags, and the man (who was also black) asked Gladney, “What kind of n_____ are you to be giving out this kind of stuff?”
Gladney said he snatched a board of political buttons from him, Gladney grabbed it back from him and according to Gladney that is when the union thug hit him in the face. Then another union thug came up and started hitting Gladney in the face. At this point, Gladney fell down and then someone else started hitting him in the face and kicking him while he was on the ground.
David Brown, Gladney’s lawyer, released this statement earlier today:
Kenneth was attacked on the evening of August 6, 2009 at Rep. Russ Carnahan’s town hall meeting in South St. Louis County. I was at the town hall meeting as well and witnessed the events leading up to the attack of Kenneth. Kenneth was approached by an SEIU representative as Kenneth was handing out “Don’t Tread on Me” flags to other conservatives. The SEIU representative demanded to know why a black man was handing out these flags. The SEIU member used a racial slur against Kenneth, then punched him in the face. Kenneth fell to the ground. Another SEIU member yelled racial epithets at Kenneth as he kicked him in the head and back. Kenneth was also brutally attacked by one other male SEIU member and an unidentified woman. The three men were clearly SEIU members, as they were wearing T-shirts with the SEIU logo.
Kenneth was beaten badly. One assailant fled on foot; three others were arrested. Kenneth was admitted to St. John’s Mercy Medical Center emergency room, where he was treated for his numerous injuries. Kenneth was merely expressing his freedom of speech by handing out the flags. In fact, he merely asked people as they exited the town hall meeting whether they would like a flag. He in no way provoked any argument or altercation, as evidenced by the fact that three assailants were arrested.
These union goons had better hope they have plenty of cannon fodder, because this kind of Chicago-style intimidation isn’t going to stop Americans from speaking out against the planned socialist takeover of the health care industry.
Our freedoms as Americans are far too precious to surrender to elitist socialists in Washington, or to brutish thugs who think they are entitled to kick around other Americans.
And we won’t.