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Union Thugs Beat Black Conservative at MO Town Hall

UPDATE–Carnahan staffer arrested at St Louis town hall
UPDATE–St. Louis Tea Party plans to protest union violence

Union thugs wearing SEIU t-shirts beat black conservative activist at St. Louis town hall meeting

From #TCOT Report

Eyewitness account of union thugs beating black conservative activist

August 6, 2009
St. Louis, Missouri

I am a friend of Kenneth Gladney, who was attacked this evening at the Russ Carnahan town hall meeting. I was at the town hall meeting as well. I witnessed the entire melee. Kenneth was approached by a 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 the “Don’t Tread on Me” flags. The SEIU member then used a racial slur against Kenneth, then punched him in the face. Kenneth fell to the ground. Another yelled racial epithets at Kenneth as he kicked him. Kenneth was also brutally attacked by two other men who are SEIU members and an unidentified woman. The three men were clearly SEIU members, as they were wearing t-shirts with the SEIU logo.

They punched Kenneth in the face and kicked him in the back and his head numerous times. Mr. Gladney was beaten badly. One assailant fled on foot. Three others were arrested. Kenneth is currently at St. John’s Mercy Hospital being treated for his many injuries. Mr. Gladney was merely expressing his freedom of speech by handing out flags. He in no way provoked anything, as evidenced by the fact that three people were arrested. We hope that Ken recovers from these injuries, however he is in great pain at this time. I am Mr. Gladney’s friend and attorney. We will be pursuing legal action at our disposal. This was a truly senseless hate crime carried out by racist union thugs.

Mr. Gladney is a tea party supporter and conservative activist, although he subscribes to no particular political party. We are calling on the SEIU, Representative Carnhan, and President Obama to condemn the racist actions of these thugs. In the days to come, we will be investigating who these thugs actually work for and how strong their alliances to other various left-wing organizations may be.

We hope the St. Louis Tea Party and Tea Party organizations around the country will protest the SEIU offices in every major city across America to expose the These strongarm actions must stop.

David B. Brown

Remember, these thugs represent the organization that virtually resides in the White House and advise President Obama on nearly every form of policy. Free speech under attack, freedom of assembly met with brutal attacks by left-wing thugs, the President calling on his left-wing allies to turn in those with whom he disagrees. Is this the change America voted for?

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  1. I sent a message to the Whitehouse Snitch line reporting:

    Dear Whitehouse,

    Here is something fishy for you to take some appropriate action on…a black conservative patriot getting beaten up by union thugs…see for yourself

    Are these examples of Card Checkers and is this why you want Card Check Legislation so ordinary citizens can be bullied out of peacefully standing for what they believe in and having their freedoms taken away from them?

    I will not be holding my breath for
    1. A answer to my questions, and
    2. The President to make an appropriate remark on national television in favor of freedom of choice and peaceable assembly still guaranteed us by the US Constitution.

    I am against the Government Healthcare Plan, too.

    Standing for Truth, Freedom and the American Way,
    Betty H. Froess

    Comment by Betty | August 7, 2009 | Reply

    • Thank you Betty! It is fishy indeed.

      Unfortunately, I doubt the MSM will tell this story to the American people. And I’m sure his “Disinformation Czar” will try and spin this.

      Thanks for helping to let the President know we know what’s up.

      Comment by John Allison, III | August 7, 2009 | Reply

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  3. Now the DNC is deploying AFL-CIO palookas while hypocritically dismissing Obamacare opponents as paid shills -even running disengenuous TV ads to slander them- meanwhile SanFranNan is halucinating and seeing imaginary Swastikas.

    This should make clear to anyone just what these far-left elitists think of your opinion.

    Note that whenever Obama, Emanuel, or Gibbs are asked about why polls show SO many people oppose their misguided Cap-n-Trade and Obamacare proposals, they ALWAYS segue-right-into “we need to educate the public…”.

    LOL- save your breath… Constitutionally-aware patriots don’t take lectures from Marxists.

    Comment by reaganiterepublican | August 7, 2009 | Reply

    • It’s all a racket to them. They want to play the game exactly like they learned it in Chicago, all smoke and mirrors to keep the people in the dark. Keep the people uninformed, misinformed, and confused so they can wreak whatever havoc suits them at the moment.

      Love your blog and I’m linking to it in my blogroll.


      Comment by John Allison, III | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  4. It’s funny as well as hypocritical. The wingnut conservative extremists ratchet-up their mob violence at townhall meetings, then when the Dems pushback they get sefl-righteous. What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander. Two can play the game!

    Comment by Wren | August 7, 2009 | Reply

    • Have you seen one incident involving conservatives at these town hall meetings that turned violent? Not one. You liberal nut jobs burn car dealerships, wreck medical laboratories, and riot in the streets, destroying cars, businesses, and anything else in your paths. Then when conservatives dare question their elected officials, without any act of violence, you hypocritical fools label us a “mob.”

      Keep talking fool. No one, except you left-wing radical nut jobs, is buying it anymore.

      Comment by John Allison, III | August 7, 2009 | Reply

      • At least we don’t go around blowing away
        OB-GYN’s sitting in church, or Planned
        Parenthood clinics; nor do we create wacko
        religious compunds in the middle of the
        dessert waiting for Armageddon. Enough said…

        Comment by Wren | August 8, 2009 | Reply

        • No, you destroy people’s property with no regard for those who may be inside or whose lives are destroyed by the loss of employment at those facilities, or whose lives won’t be saved by the research conducted there. You create wacko leftist agitator groups in urban areas across the land that exploit the poor and enslave those you claim to be helping.

          Comment by John Allison, III | August 8, 2009 | Reply

        • Also, you bomb buildings that has thousands of people ibnside 9-11

          Comment by Carolyn D. Brown | August 11, 2009 | Reply

      • In fact, John, there have been numerous incidents of violence by Conservative fanatics trying to hi-jack the democratic process and First Amendment rights at Town Hall meetings. Here is at least one reported by the Sierra Newd Daily out of Arizona:

        ‘Town hall disruptions around the country have led to some outbreaks of violence. Unions participating in town halls have received death threats. At an event held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) last week, the threat of violence led her aides to call the police after one attendee dropped a gun.

        “Yelling and screaming is counterproductive,” she told the Sierra Vista Herald at a Congress on Your Corner event last week. There, one visitor dropped a gun at the meet n’ greet held in a Douglas Safeway, her staff says.

        That has aides, who called police to the event, concerned for her safety.

        “We have never felt the need before to notify law enforcement when we hold these events,” said spokesman C.J. Karamargin.’

        Comment by Wren | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  5. The guy that got his ass kicked is a pu**y! I know him; he deserved to get his ass kicked!

    Comment by Wren | August 8, 2009 | Reply

    • You liberal nut jobs are really something else! You condemn violence unless it’s perpetrated to further your agenda. What class.

      Comment by John Allison, III | August 8, 2009 | Reply

      • Wren, No one deserves a beating like Kenneth Gladney. He shouldn’t have even been touched. All he was doing was handing out flags. No matter if you like him or not these SEIU representative have no right to do what they did. They are sorry, low down evil people of which you must belong.

        Comment by Carolyn D. Brown | August 8, 2009 | Reply

  6. Do you not think these SEIU representatives are sent to these meetings to cause a disturbance in order to get attention from the real issues. Thus this cauises getting anything productive accomplished. The SEIU representatives turn the people from the meeting to fights & other interruptions causing fear in the hearts of the people thus less people will turn out for the Town Hall Meetings. This should really infuriate us all & everyoone get involved & attend the Town Hall Meetings.

    Comment by Carolyn D. Brown | August 8, 2009 | Reply

    • You’re exactly right Carolyn! We cannot back down in the face of violence. If we let these SEIU thugs intimidate us, evil will triumph because good men stopped doing something.

      Comment by John Allison, III | August 8, 2009 | Reply

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  8. For the record, I am a Republican; and further for the record, I am a national organizer with “REPUBLICANS FOR OBAMA.” A wingnut fearmonger recently accused me of being a General Colin Powell Republican; then asked me “WHAT HAS PRESIDENT OBAMA DONE IN SIX MONTHS IN OFFICE..??” Here is my reply:

    ‘I am deeply honored that you would associate me with a true American Heroe like Gen. Powell; a man who strapped on a pair and left blood on the battlefield in defense of our nation. And you are correct, we share many of the same views and can view reality with objective lens instead of being clouded from reality by rabid partisanship. By the way, I have a personal contact database with over 17,000 contacts across the nation (and growing) of Republicans & Independents who share my views. And frankly, the fact that you’re not concerned by — or worse, can’t see — the radical extremeist direction (e.g., a “whites only voter strategy..??!!) of our party is deeply troubling. I fear for your conscience.

    In terms of failed presidencies, I cannot think of a bigger failure in the role of POTUS than the man we just booted out of office. The only one I can think to rival Bush would be Carter — they’re in the same category as failed Presidents, so … No matter how poorly you think Obama is doing, this much is certain: President Obama can never equal Bush’s utter failure as President and his incompetence as a world leader — an adminission even conceded by members of his own family, and a growing list of notable Republicans. Only the lunatic fringe still cling to Bush/Cheney as an example of “leadership.”

    As you know, the stock market as a leading indicator of economic direction. For the record, the Obama Stock Market Rally is +43% year to date against the March 9th bottom. Housing starts AND home purchases are up again; mortgage application are up over +20 vs same time last year; autos sales are up +14% on the back of the President’s successful cash for clunkers program; unemployment (job losses) has slowed from 700,000 job losses per month when Bush left office, to 150,000 per month six months into this President’s tenure. Credit is beginning to flow again, gas prices are down — in the middle of the higher price driving season!! — etc, etc, etc. There are sooooooo many positive indicators of Obama’s success in just six months that you’d be able to hear if only you would stop screaming long enough to hear. By year’s end, there will be even more economic good news heading into 2010 — an election year. So scream as much as you want now. Come the Fall, the President’s poll numbers will start inching back up; and you’ll switch to some other reason to criticize, and to rally against the nation’s economic recovery.

    The fact that polls are slipping says less about President Obama, than it does about the fickleness of the American public and our insatiable demand for instant gratification; as well as the fact that polling data include a vast cross-section of people like you who have never given this President — our President — a fair chance to succeed, and never will. If you were able to view President Obama objectively — something I don’t believe you’re capable of — then you would realize that President Obama has accomplished more in six months in office than most Presidents do in a full term. Here’s a list to help you put it into perspective:
    Signed executive orders to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within a year, ban torture and end the CIA’s secret overseas prisons and define treatment of Detainees.

    Reversed restrictions on stem cell research.

    Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Reducing discrimination based on gender, age, religion, or race.

    Signed an executive order reversing the ban that prohibits funding to international family planning groups that provide abortions. Gag rule revoked (Mexico City policy).

    Creates the White House Council on Women and Girls “to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families.”

    Signed a Presidental Memorandum extending federal benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers and announced support for the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act of 2009.

    Reverses U.S. position on LGBT Issues at the UN: At the “Durban Review Conference,” U.S. supports language condemning “all forms of discrimination and all other human rights violations based on sexual orientation.”

    Signed executive order requiring federal contractors to offer jobs to current workers when contracts change.

    Reversed a Bush order requiring federal contractors to post notice that workers can limit financial support of unions serving as their exclusive bargaining representatives.

    Signed executive order preventing federal contractors from being reimbursed for expenses meant to influence workers deciding whether to form a union and engage in collective bargaining.

    Created a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners.

    Expanded eligibility for the refinancing portion of the Making Home Affordable plan to help Americans struggling with distressed mortgages refinance at lower interest rates, even if they owe up to 25 percent more than their homes are now worth.

    Established a credit card “bill of rights”.

    Expanded loan programs for small businesses.

    Extended and index the 2007 Alternative Minimum Tax patch.

    Expanded eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund (SCHIP).

    Expanded funding to train primary care providers and public health practitioners.

    Created a new White House task force on the problems of middle-class Americans, and installed Vice President Joe Biden as its chairman.

    Appoints Vice President Joe Biden to Oversee Stimulus Plan Payouts.

    Granted a reprieve to Liberian immigrants facing imminent expulsion.

    Directed military leaders to end war in Iraq.

    Allowing Caskets to be photographed when the return from Iraq with family approval.

    Released nine previously secret internal Justice Department memos and opinions defining the legal limits of government power in combating terrorism.

    On Arab TV Network, Obama Urges Dialogue.

    Gave a speech in Cairo engaging the Muslim and Arab world.

    Bars independent contractors from conducting interrogations of terror suspects.

    Granted Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba.

    Ordered the release of nearly a quarter of a million pages of records from the Reagan White House that were kept from the public during a lengthy review by President George W. Bush.

    Restored funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program.

    Released presidential records.

    Required new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.

    Pushed for enactment of Matthew Shepard Act, which expands hate crime law to include sexual orientation and other factors.

    Invites gay families to the Easter Egg Roll as part of the Obama administration’s outreach to diverse communities.

    Created a White House Office on Urban Policy.

    Increased funding for the NEA.

    Appointed an assistant to the president for science and technology policy.

    Funded a major expansion of AmeriCorps.

    Banned lobbyist gifts to executive employees.

    Investment in all types of alternative energy.

    Enacted tax credit for consumers for plug-in hybrid cars.

    Support for high-speed rail.

    Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes.

    Extended unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits.

    Created the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers to help auto industry workers transition to new manufacturing opportunities, including jobs in alternative energy.

    Stopped raids on medical marijuana dispensers.

    Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States. If confirmed, Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic to ever serve on the Supreme Court.

    Appointed more than 60 openly LGBT persons to positions in the executive branch.

    Issues Presidential Proclamation for Pride, proclaiming June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.

    Signed a mercury reduction pact with 140 other nations.

    Signed the Weapons System Acquisition Reform Act to curb wasteful spending by the Pentagon. Intended to price contracts and budgets lower; may potentially save billions of dollars in defense.

    Signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, which serves to protect two million acres of land and creates a new system of land conservation for the Bureau of Land Management.

    Phase out government payments to crop producers making more than $500,000 a year and eliminates subsidies for cotton storage to help trim the U.S. budget deficit.

    Cut funding for a proposed U.S. nuclear storage facility at Yucca Mountain.

    Restored Endangered Species Act Provision requiring U.S. agencies consult with independent federal experts to determine if their actions might harm threatened and endangered species.

    Orders The Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration “to protect and restore the health, heritage, natural resources, and social and economic value of the Nation’s largest estuarine ecosystem and the natural sustainability of its watershed.”

    Signed the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act designating two million additional acres of public wilderness areas the highest level of government protection from logging and other forms of commercial use and development.

    Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act which will expedite the search for cures and treatments for millions of Americans living with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury, stroke, MS, Parkinson’s and many other diseases and disorders.

    Established The Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record, a new system for updating medical records of servicemen and women both during and after their military careers.

    Established the White House Office of Health Reform

    Created new and stronger safety standards to safeguard the country’s food supply.

    He got his daughters a new puppy!

    Now, if you remain unconvinced, then that says more about you, than it does about any detraction you can attribute to President Obama. If President Obama walked on water, you would all scream, “OBAMA CAN’T SWIM!!” You wingnut fearmongering mobs and ideological fanatics are simply obtuse. Obama is a providential candidate. Get with the program.

    Comment by Wren | August 8, 2009 | Reply

    • None of these things you label successful accomplishments have one thing in common with the Republican Party platform, or conservatism in general. Your list of accomplishments would make any far-left liberal Democrat giddy to read it. You may call yourself a Republican, but you’re either a RINO or a plant intended to interfere with real conservative reform.

      Comment by John Allison, III | August 9, 2009 | Reply

    • Now I know why your eyes are still clouded. Your up Obama’s A– Come down out of that hole & see the light. All Obama is doing is fooling you & whoever else is stuck up his A–. Obama is doing nothing but destroying this great nation America!

      Comment by Carolyn D. Brown | August 9, 2009 | Reply

      • Thank you for the compliment. I’m sure you are never confused for being a Lady, carolyn.

        Comment by Wren | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  9. Regarding your video clip.

    Wren, I agree with you. It is funny & hypocritical that when fanatic conservative fear-mongers try to hijack the democratic process or ratchet-up their mob violence at townhall meetings & tea parties, they feign indignance when the Dem/Lib grassroots organizers push back with similar tactics, the fringe wingnuts get self-righteous and indignant. This is what happens when incivility and fringe extremism flourishes, but conservatives more interested in rabid partisanship & cultural warfare took it there PURELY to oppose President Obama by any means. So like Wren said, what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander.

    Comment by Marine1 | August 9, 2009 | Reply

    • Funny that your name is an attempt to convince readers the military, the most patriotic among us, support the socialistic march of our current administration. Just so everyone knows, his email address was also intended to convey this, but it’s a fake. When I sent an email to the address he listed, I received the message “domain not found.” Just more misinformation and lies from the liberal left.

      Comment by John Allison, III | August 9, 2009 | Reply

      • Amen Brother– Just a tactic scare .

        Comment by Carolyn D. Brown | August 9, 2009 | Reply

  10. […] health care policies are challenged.  We saw this put into practice when the administration sent in union thugs to physically assault protesters outside a St. Louis town hall.  So now we have a President […]

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  11. Join the revolution, reject fringe lunatics and ideological warfare.

    Comment by Wren | August 10, 2009 | Reply

    • I just read a little on your site. Nobody believes the posts on that site and the vast majority of comments are generated by Republicans. If the site was ever legit, it’s now been co-opted by Democrats. It’s nothing more than a bunch of left-wing lunatics who think they can fool real conservatives into thinking they are the “fringe.” It speaks of their intelligence to think their opponents are that gullible.

      Comment by John Allison, III | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  12. Former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd, offered a message to conservatives on Sunday when he warned that the Republican Party was playing with fire on health care. In an internal RNC poll, which the Post obtained and reported, 54 percent of respondents said that America had “the best health care in the world,” but 70 percent said the system was “badly in need of reform.” The numbers were even larger among Independents and southern democrats.

    Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Dowd cautioned conservatives to not go too far in pushing back against Obama’s agenda, lest they be blamed for actually preventing people from getting better health care coverage.

    “I think the Republicans soon have to be careful of something,” Dowd said. “I know Republicans are all patting themselves on the back and saying, “We’ve got the Democrats on the run, Obama on the run.’ I don’t think it’s necessarily a good political place to be in by November if you’ve defeated any health care reform.”

    Dowd’s remarks get at a looming reality in the current health care debate. There is a thin line between being credited for stopping the president and being blamed for defeating reform. While a majority of Americans like their current coverage, public polls show that similar or even greater percentages of the public believe the system is broken and in need of fixing.

    Comment by Wren | August 10, 2009 | Reply

    • Look where Bush’s advisers got us–two Congressional elections lost and all three branches of government under Democratic control. Now you Dems want to hold them up as an authority?

      Dowd is part of the cancer in the Republican party that says we must become more like the Democrats to win. That’s a load of bull. Following that line of thinking is what made the American people lose faith in the Republican party, and it’s what created much of the economic mess we’re in now.

      I won’t be betting on the liberal wing of the Republican party in November 2010.

      Comment by John Allison, III | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  13. […] August 7th – Union thugs wearing SEIU t-shirts beat black conservative activist at St. Louis town hall meeting […]

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  14. From the Local Missouri paper today:

    GLADNEY THE UNINSURED ACTIVIST…. Over the last few days, a conservative activist in St. Louis named Kenneth Gladney seems to have become something of a cause celebre in far-right circles. Depending on which version of events you choose to believe, Gladney either initiated or was involved in a scuffle at a town-hall event late last week.

    At least one prominent conservative blogger said Gladney was “brutally attacked” by SEIU members outside the event. After watching the video, there’s ample reason for skepticism. Gladney was, in fact, pulled to the ground during the fracas, but he seemed to bounce back up quickly, and is seen walking around soon after without any obvious injuries. His attorney has argued that Gladney was beaten during the fight, but there’s nothing in the clip to support that.

    Gladney later went to the hospital, claiming to have sustained injuries to his “knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face.”

    Yesterday, about 200 conservative activists held a protest in St. Louis. Gladney was there — bandaged and in a wheelchair — as a featured guest, with his lawyer, David Brown.

    Brown finished by telling the crowd that Gladney is accepting donations toward his medical expenses. Gladney told reporters he was recently laid off and has no health insurance. [emphasis added]

    Wait, the conservative opponent of health care reform, fighting (literally) to defeat a plan that would bring coverage to those who lose their jobs, lost his health coverage because he got laid off?

    Comment by Wren | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  15. Conservative wingnuts bringing guns to Town Hall meetings in Arizona:

    ‘Town hall disruptions around the country have led to some outbreaks of violence. Unions participating in town halls have received death threats. At an event held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) last week, the threat of violence led her aides to call the police after one attendee dropped a gun.

    “Yelling and screaming is counterproductive,” she told the Sierra Vista Herald at a Congress on Your Corner event last week. There, one visitor dropped a gun at the meet n’ greet held in a Douglas Safeway, her staff says.

    That has aides, who called police to the event, concerned for her safety.

    “We have never felt the need before to notify law enforcement when we hold these events,” said spokesman C.J. Karamargin.’

    Comment by Wren | August 10, 2009 | Reply

    • you’re such a rip ! Nothing that comes out of your mouth make any sense just like Barack Hussein Osama I mean Obama.

      Comment by Carolyn D. Brown | August 10, 2009 | Reply

      • Like I said earlier, carolyn, no one will mistake you for a Lady. Never-the-less, did you notice that Kenny Gladney — the guy who got his a** kicked at the Town Hall meeting after he tried to hi-jack attendees First Amendment rights — is BEGGING FOR DONATIONS TO PAY HIS MEDICAL BILLS BECAUSE HE HAS NO HEALTHCARE INSURANCE AFTER GETTING LAID OFF FROM HIS JOB, no doubt caused by the economic collapse precipitated by Bush/Cheney. Hypocrites!!!

        Comment by Wren | August 10, 2009 | Reply

        • And. if you had any sense you would know that the injuries were received from people such as you. The ones with non-sense !

          Comment by Carolyn D. Brown | August 11, 2009 | Reply

    • It’s a Classic – The union thugs secretly dropped the gun! It’s been done before. The Obamination trolls on here have a severe case of the “Terminal Bullsh*titis”!

      Comment by Lover of Life | August 10, 2009 | Reply

      • OH, Look! Another Repub Thug brings gun to Town Hall meeting, with a death threat sign to the President. In your deluded thinking that makes him a “patriot.” You people are too funny. . .

        ‘”On Tuesday’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, Matthews’ guest was William Kostric, the man who brought a loaded gun earlier in the day to protest President Obama’s health care town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

        Kostric was wearing a loaded handgun strapped to his leg and holding a sign referencing this Jefferson quote: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”‘

        Comment by Wren | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  16. Oh, let me add Bush & cheney hasn’t caused this economic downfall.You can blame them ALL you want. But, The truth is Barack HUSSEIN OSAMA, I mean Obama has caused this mess. You know a lot of peoples eyes are being opened to the fact NOONE truly knows who thjis guy is that is sitting in the Oval Office !! NOONE Did you hear me NOONE !.

    Comment by Carolyn D. Brown | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  17. Carolyn,

    I do. He is the President of the United States of America, and he presents ALL of us — every single one whether you like that FACT or NOT.

    Comment by Wren | August 11, 2009 | Reply

    • No, Obama doesn’t represent me & others that I know. He goes to other countries & speaks bad about the great USA. Aparently, he isn’t from the great United States of America that I am from. Because the USA I am from needs to not apologize to anyone.

      Comment by Carolyn D. Brown | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  18. It’s obvious you’ve been listening to too much Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Wake-up and stop drinking the Kool-aid! This isn’t Jonestown.

    Comment by Wren | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  19. […] Read an eyewitness account from the event. […]

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  20. John,

    Congratulations! With the historic American Healthcare Reform Act being signed into law today by PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, we won’t have to worry about filing bankruptcy or dying prematurely because we can’t afford access to decent healthcare; or being unfairly booted off by the multi-billion dollar insurance company tactics due to pre-existing conditions (which we all have!).

    Unfortunately, like Civil Rights, Womens Voting and the plight of the unemployed, our party, the Republican party, was again on the wrong side of history. I am going to be writing about this on my Blog ( I hope you follow it, and share it with other Republicans, as I am going to continue to fight to make OUR party more reflective of the people and values of today’s America — not yesterday’s. Here’s a brief excerpt; feel free to disagree, but I still respect your views as a fellow Republican — although I’m NOT of the lunatic ilk.

    ‘This is truly a fundamental fight about the character of our nation. That is, what kind of nation are we going to be in the 21st century..??

    According to Newt Gingrich: “This will not stand. Sunday was a vote…unworthy of the United States of America.” A sentiment that directly brings into stark contrast the question of the character of our nation. Whether, we will be a Hobbesian nation – where life is solitary, hard, nasty, brutish and short — whose values are defined by the ilk of Newt Gingrich, Rush Limabaugh and Michelle Malk — a modern Sparta ruled by corporate overlords, unregulated free markets, social darwinism and endless warmongering. Or whether, like every other industrial wealthy nation in the world; and as our Founding Fathers challenges us “to form a more perfect union,” we will be a Lockean nation – progressive, enlightened, humane and balanced; concerned about the health and welfare of our citizens and the global competitiveness of our businesses…

    Tea Party protesters in a crowd backed by Republican lawmakers called Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) a “nigger” and at least one protester spat on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO). The flagrant violation of Congressional decorum when one Republican Congressman loudly shouting “baby killer!” to a fellow Congressman (who was actually trying to ensure no federal funding for abortion under Healthcare reform) on the floor of the House of Representatives…are the same kinds of people who think of themselves as “patriots” and dutifully go Bible-toting on Sunday mornings (Luke 23:34). The Wingnuttery of the conservative Lunatic Fringe most decidedly do not reflect the “character” of the nation I love. I want to raise my children in a society that honors the debt of my ancestors from the very first inception of this great nation. A debt built on the sweat of their backs, the blood in their veins, and often by their very lives – sometimes in gross injustices. I want to raise my children in a society that honors the values of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. You know, provide for the general welfare and domestic tranquility; a life in the pursuit happiness; we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal. I mean, you need to be healthy in order to live freely and pursue happiness, don’t you..?? Sometimes I wonder, are these people truly reading the same Bible, and about the same Jesus (Matt 5:3-14), and the same Declaration of Independence that I’m reading..??’

    Still, I am proud that, at least for today, the TRUE character of our nation prevailed. One of care and concern for the health and well-being of ordinary working American families & children; and the for global competitiveness of our small business that no longer will be burdened with unsustainable healthcare costs.

    Comment by Wren | March 23, 2010 | Reply

  21. Update: Andy Stern gets thanks from Obama for Healthcare efforts (video)

    Comment by Douglas Stewart | April 6, 2010 | Reply

  22. Very well written article. It will be supportive to everyone who usess it, as well as me. Keep up the good work – can’r wait to read more posts.

    Comment by Wayne Pulera | December 16, 2010 | Reply

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