America has been sucker punched. The unifier, the great post-racial, post-American President, has adopted the street tactics of Chicago thug politics. His ACORN/SEIU/Union goons are beating up decent American citizens at town hall meetings. And with the violence comes vilification: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has claimed that protesters are "carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on healthcare."
Union thugs beat up a protester, Randy Arthur, at Florida Democrat Congresswoman Kathy Castor's town hall meeting in Tampa on Thursday. Castor's union thugs also shut the doors to prevent the opposing opinions from being heard. Fifteen hundred people were there, but they would not let them in the front door. When the doors were finally opened, only about seventy-five people were allowed in. Meanwhile, by the time even those seventy-five were let in, the union and ACORN thugs had already been quietly ushered in through the back door, and had already taken seats that were reserved for them in the front. Castor herself then proceeded to leave, not taking any questions, claiming that it was because she "couldn't hear." Translation: she doesn't have answers, because she hasn't read the House bill.
And in Missouri, over a thousand St. Louis Tea Party taxpayers showed up to attend the Russ Carnahan town hall meeting in South St. Louis. They too were locked out - while the Carnahan staff was sneaking members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in the side door marked "handicapped." Remember: Obama paid out at least $2,250,000 to the SEIU, the nation's largest labor union. And SEIU COPE-PAC spent $13,355,389 to get Obama elected President. SEIU paid for door-to-door canvassing for Obama, voter identification and registration, and phone banks.
The thugs were attacking free citizens. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has this: "Kenneth Gladney, 38, a conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with ‘Don't tread on me' printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room at St. John's Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was awaiting treatment for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack. ‘It just seems there's no freedom of speech without being attacked,' he said."
Not for conservatives. Not for free Americans.
Expect a lot of this, folks. Expect to fight for your right to speak freely. They are co-opting the heartfelt outcry of great Americans as a propaganda trick. They will pack town halls this summer with their paid street thugs and video the proceedings with shaky cameras so that their media shills and whores will happily run the video as the "American street."
Meanwhile, leftist bloggers are trying desperately to substantiate the lies that Pelosi, Obama's thugs, and the disinformation blogs on the payroll of subversive groups are spreading like so much manure. They are photoshopping pictures to make it look as if the protesters are acting like leftwing thugs. The Huffington Post ran a closely cropped picture with this caption: "In one image, a young man with a shirt that reads ‘Hitler Gave Great Speeches Too' is photographed making what looks like a Hitler salute. TalkLeft blogger Jeralyn Merritt interviewed the teen, who told her was 16 and hailed from former Gov. Sarah Palin's hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. The progressive website FireDogLake, has more."
The HuffPo took down this post after I called them on it, but by then it had already spread all over the Net. This sweet boy should sue. This is libel. He should sue every blog that ran this smear.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told demonstrators: "Behave yourselves like your mom would probably tell you to do." Look who is preaching us about civility: this thuggish administration. The good news is that the American people are too smart to fall for such cheap tricks. The good news is that now average, ordinary Americans can see how evil and deceitful the Democrats are. It is no longer a media story they never heard or saw. It is the American citizen. The average American is being smeared. Now it is in the daily fabric of their lives. I hope the Democrats keep the mask off, so that everyone can see the fifth column at work.
This is turning into a low grade civil war. Are Obama and Pelosi and their allies ratcheting up civil unrest so that they can call in reinforcements?
The nerve of these thugs. They are fascists. Do not back down. Do not cower. Do not go quietly into the night. You will be locked out. So what? Chant from the street. And get everything that happens on video.Pamela Geller is the editor and publisher of the Atlas Shrugs Web site and former associate publisher of the New York Observer.