Obama and the Thugs

"If you want the next four years lookin' like the last eight, then I'm not your candidate.  But if you want real change...then I need you.  I need you to go out and talk to your friends, talk to your neighbors...I want you to argue with them, get in their faces...you guys are the ones who can make the change."
- Candidate Barack Obama to supporters
September, 2008

Early last fall, an old friend of mine and long-time volunteer for Republican women's associations, called me from her home in Orlando, Florida.  She was quite shaken.  She had just returned from what was intended to be a small, quiet McCain support outing, just like the ones she had been dutifully attending for 30 years.  The small group of middle-aged homemakers took their little signs to an approved street corner, carried their small American flags and assembled to do their hour's vote-for-our-guy walk before heading off to the nearest coffee shop to divvy up coming-week duties of stuffing envelopes and making phone calls.

But something had changed between the last election and 2008.  My friend told of a morning from hell, in which the women were rudely accosted on the street by young male thugs (her word), who called them "c*nts," "whitey whores" and "stupid bitches."  These young males got in their faces and jostled them with angry shoves.  My friend said that in all the years she had been doing just this simple patriotic activity, she had never had such a frightening experience.  It was to be the first of several, which have left her shaken to this day.

Later on into the fall campaign, I spoke with Dr. Lynette Long, a former Hillary supporter compiling data on what she deemed, "Caucus Fraud."  She referred me to a set of video testimonials, in which middle-aged women mostly, gave grizzly accounts of the same thuggery employed against them in caucus settings.

The data compiled by Dr. Long, along with the video-recorded testimonials of dozens of caucus-goers, are indeed convincing. According to Dr. Long, in a personal interview, reports from caucus attendees are pretty horrifying at worst, wholly undemocratic at best. Female Clinton supporters reported being called "c*nts" and other sexual epithets, being spat upon by Obama supporters, being threatened physically, and an overall environment of hostility. Not exactly the democratic process to which we are accustomed.

In the end, it was the caucus states, where such strong-arm tactics were employed by Obama supporters, which finally gave Obama the victory. As Dr. Long points out, the only caucus in the entire nominating contest that Obama lost was Nevada. In every other caucus, relying heavily on thug intimidation, Obama prevailed.

So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the same thug tactics are now being used against MediCoup** resisters at town halls around the Country. 

The most shocking thug event, so far, took place early this month in St. Louis.  In his own words, Kenneth Gladney, victim of assault, tells what happened:

Well, first, I was there to sell, you know, flags and buttons and stuff that said, "Don't tread on me." And I was setting out there, and I guess something got -- just went through my head. I said I'm just going to give them away and stuff like that. So a pastor's wife walked up to me, and she just took a liking to some of the buttons. So I start showing her some of the buttons and everything. This guy walked up and he said, "Who in the -- who in the blank is selling or giving away this stuff here?" I said, "Sir, this is my merchandise. And would you like a flag or a button or something like that?" And he said, "What kind of 'n' are you to be giving this stuff out."

Yes, they surrounded me. Actually, after the first two guys got me on the ground, they surrounded me and started kicking me in the head and in the back, and the knees and stuff like that. And after it was done, I got up, kind of dazed, looking for my glasses. And the one guy actually was coming at me again, and that's when the police came in and, you know, cordoned off everything and started, you know, started arresting people.

This is change, all right, but I'll be darned if I see a whole lot of hope.

Then, on August 13, outside a townhall in Thousand Oaks, California, three doctors were assaulted when they attempted to speak their minds.  The doctors, all wearing scrubs, were locked out of the townhall meeting and began voicing their objections to an orderly crowd, when suddenly they were lunged at by an angry white male.  Fortunately for the docs, the man was prevented causing real harm when other men forced him to the ground, whereupon he was promptly arrested.

A videographer at a Tampa, Florida townhall got roughed up by union thugs and had his camera smashed.  A local doctor from Douglasville, Georgia was shouted down by his own congressman and accused of not being a constituent, a charge that was later shown to be blatantly false.

A very fishy swastika was painted on the Congressman's office sign the next day.

If any side has been guilty of astroturfing at townhalls, it is Obama supporters.  People posing as doctors have turned up at various events, hailing the President's plan, only to be found out later.  Vandals smashed windows at the Democratic Party office in Denver early this week.  More astroturfing, apparently.  As Gateway Pundit has detailed:

The young vandal who smashed windows at the DNC headquarters in Denver on Tuesday worked for a democratic politician, was paid by a SEIU-related front group, and was arrested at the RNC convention last year in St. Paul.

Honestly, I never thought I would live to see the day when a president one-upped Nixon.  But this Obama thuggery gets worse by the day and our once-valiant mainstream press just yawns and accuses the innocent. 

Even Richard Nixon never, as far as we know, went so far as to orchestrate manufactured news, advise his supporters to "get in their faces" or use taxpayer dollars to promote political causes.

What in the world is this Country coming to?

Our Founders are surely staring aghast from their heavenly abodes.  And I'll bet my own proverbial farm that I know which side they're pulling for.

*Many thanks to a volunteer research assistant, who prefers to remain anonymous and to Dr. Lynette Long, who is writing a book based on her Caucus Fraud research.

**MediCoup is a term coined by James Lewis on American Thinker.  It's perfect, so I use it often.

Kyle-Anne Shiver is a frequent contributor to American Thinker and a newly syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate.  She welcomes your comments at kyleanneshiver.com.
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