Armand C. Hale
ObamaCare supporters beat citizen protesters
By Armand C. Hale
August 14, 2009

The word is out all over the country. If you oppose Obama Care, exercise your First Amendment rights to speak out against it, you are "Un-American. According to an op-ed penned by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and published in USA Today. America's protests over government-run health care are Un-American!

Representative John Dingell, the longest serving member of the House of Representatives, had the audacity to go on MSNBC and say that town hall mobs made up of hard-working American taxpayers reminded him of the Klan. Enforcers from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) showed up at Congressman Russ Carnahan's town hall meeting in St. Louis. According to eyewitness accounts, SEIU union members attacked Kenneth Gladney, a black man who distributes American flags and other patriotic items at Tea Party events. Gladney's lawyer, David Brown, an eyewitness to the savage and brutal beating, says:

"I was at the town hall meeting as well and witnessed the events leading up to Kenneth's attack. 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, and 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.

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, treated for numerous injuries. Kenneth was merely expressing his freedom of speech by handing out flags. He merely asked people as they exited the town hall meeting whether they would like a flag. In no way did he provoke arguments or altercations, as evidenced by the fact three assailants were arrested."

Obama knows that if he does not shut down the debate on Obama Care, he will lose. SEIU contributed 61 million dollars to Obama. Columnist Michelle Malkin points out that SEIU has already been paid off with cabinet appointments, executive orders, key personnel slots, and legislative goodies.

What Else Do We Know?

According to an article in Politico:

Senior White House adviser David Axelrod and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina showed video clips of the confrontational town halls that have dominated the media coverage, and told senators to do more prep work than usual for their public meetings by making sure their "own supporters turn out."

If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard, Messina said, according to an official who attended the meeting. Calling the majority of Americans opposed to government-run health care Un-American along with comparing their opposition to the Ku Klux Klan. Violence and intimidation by Labor Union representatives are their methods. Is this what Obama's White House meant when they said, we will punch back twice as hard?

The Violence Was Not Confined To St. Louis.

The violence hasn't been confined to St. Louis. It also erupted in Tampa at a town hall meeting held by Representative Kathy Castor who is another sweetheart of SEIU. The strategy was identical and with the same cast of characters: hulking enforcers at the ready and Washington left-wingers busily orchestrating the affair. Intimidation always comes first. If intimidation fails, violence ensues.

In Tampa, union members were let into the meeting early. When the crowd of patriotic Americans objected, the Washington left-wingers essentially said: These gentlemen with the blackjacks hanging out of their pockets are helping to set up the chairs.

The eventual result in this case: more violence. But stubborn, foolish and outmanned Americans stood their ground. For their refusal to kow-tow, they got knocked around. They did succeed in asking the probing questions Obama wants to quash.

Have you personally read the 1,000-page bill, Miss. Castor?

Why does the bill contain a section providing end-of life counseling for old folks who have paid into the system all their lives, but are now a financial burden on the state? But wait a minute! The bill doesn't say that, does it? Actually, it is in there. Soon enough, Castor fled.

Health Care Rationed? People Die Needlessly? Taxes Go Through The Roof?

Oregon State has a version of government-run health care. 64-year-old Barbara Wagner had terminal cancer. Her doctor recommended Tarceva, a new drug he believed could prolong her life. As soon as he gave Wagner real hope, the State of Oregon reached out its clammy hand and snatched it away. We were unable to approve this treatment, said the Imperial State. No Tarceva for Wagner. Why not, it cost too much.

The letter Barbara Wagner received from Big Brother stated:

"Treatment of advanced cancer that is meant to prolong life, or change the course of this disease, is not a covered benefit of the Oregon Health Plan." Did the State of Oregon leave her without an option? No. It told her precisely what the system would do. According to, the letter said, the plan would pay for comfort care, including physician aid in dying, better known as assisted suicide."

The interviewer pressed him, asking, in effect, if cost was a big factor in determining which treatments to approve or disapprove, Dr. Saha said quietly: That's not a question we think about. When backed into a corner, Dr. Saha calibrated his words very, very carefully: If we invest thousands and thousands of dollars in 1 person's days to weeks, we are taking away those dollars from someone else."

Government-run health care is cold and money-grubbing. And you thought such things cannot happen in the United States of America. If you don't want to lose your country, the time to stand up and be counted is now!

Source material: Jeff Mazzella, President, Center for Individual Freedom

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MSgt Armand C. Hale retired from the U.S. Air Force serving his country for over 23 years. His many tours of duty included the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the State of Qatar. He has a Bachelors degree in business & management and has written a book on his experiences in the country of Qatar. You can purchase his book at and Lulu Books.


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