Those that follow the long and sordid history of abuse by big labor, were not shocked to see the SEIU activists pummel a protester at a town hall meeting for having differing points of view. The Washington Examiner took note:
To hear the White House and its Democratic congressional allies tell it, Americans who have vigorously questioned their representatives about Obamacare are nothing more than paid protesters organized by right-wing extremists and evil corporations determined to stop health care reform in its tracks. Earlier this week in a USA Today op-ed, for example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD, described the protestors as “un-American.” Over on the Senate side, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the dissenters “fear-mongers,” and Reid’s deputy, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, told CNN the protests were “being orchestrated.” And a new Democratic National Committee (DNC) video claims the protests are being staged by “desperate Republicans and their well funded allies [who are] organizing angry mobs — just like they did during the election.”
But the reality is that when it comes to organizing angry mobs, the real professionals work at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This union has organizing resources and experience that ordinary citizens can only dream about. Their goon squads have heckled, harassed and even assaulted concerned citizens who favor less-costly private options to government-run health care.
Just ask Kenneth Gladney, the victim of an assault outside of a town hall meeting in St. Louis last week by a group of thugs wearing purple t-shirts emblazoned with the SEIU logo. Similarly clad union operatives also blocked critics of the Obama health care plan from attending other meetings, notably in Florida. Former Oklahoma Rep. Ernest Istook notes that in January SEIU announced a plan “to hire more than 1,000 activists to work in 35 states on behalf of the Obama agenda, committing 30% of the union’s total resources to the effort. You’ve seen SEIU’s purple-shirted members in videos of town hall altercations.” He calls them the “Purpose People Beaters.”
SEIU has a long history of partnering to generate angry mobs. The union helped fund the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) Muscle for Money program that was set up to pressure corporations in shakedown campaigns, including demonstrations at the homes of corporate executives. Labor Department disclosure forms show more than $600,000 has changed hands between SEIU locals and ACORN affiliates under the Muscle for Money initiative. It is not an exercise in subtlety. How’s that for coordination?