The video below shows (in part or in full I do not know) the assault of Kenneth Gladney. We’ll see what comes of it and try to keep you informed.
What you see happened at a town hall event with Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis) – I believe this is the same event where a small handful of people were arrested, and has been reported on by some local press. Gladney was selling small patriotic flags at the event and somehow became the target of SEIU assailants.
This crime must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law – Gladney is not the only victim here, because the rights of others to speak out are dampened by every such act of political violence.
The attack by unions thugs comes after President Barack Obama suggested that opposition voices “get out of the way,” and as leading Democrats pronounce that town hall protests as “un-American” and the White House says it is time for advocates of government health care nationalization to “punch back twice as hard” in this debate.
Unfortunately for Ken Gladney, the president’s supporters were only too willing to oblige. This reminds me of the time I was working an election in Valley Park several years ago, and a union member physically threatened a volunteer cacanvasser. Literally blocking the young person’s path, the thug ordered the volunteer to leave the area because this was “a union neighborhood.” Political violence and intimidation is a scourge to democracy, and must be stopped.
Here’s a development on the story from MOPNS and the Washington Examiner.