Friday, August 07, 2009

Townhalls Turn Ugly When Unions Get Involved

I'm bumping my updates from below so everyone can be sure and read them.

The Union is sending out it's minions to the townhalls now. In a memo sent out on Thursday, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney urged supporters to attend townhalls to counter rightwing "tea party patriots". Also, Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee, also sent out a similiar missive.

They certainly have a right to do this, and we should welcome any and all debate. But so far the most we have seen is some yelling. But since the Democrat supporters have gotten involved it's gone further than that.

At two healthcare town halls last night, one in Tampa and the other in St. Louis, violence broke out. There were six arrests at the one in St. Louis. Among those allegedly arrested were SEIU members. One black conservative was reportedly beaten up by a union thug and had to be taken to the hospital.

Passions ran high in St. Louis because Congressman Carnahan (D) locked out 1000 tea party people and then snuck in SEIU members through a door marked handicapped. You can't keep people out of the townhalls just because they disagree with you. You can't just let in people that agree with you. You work for ALL the people. When people see that they are being treated unfairly, things turn ugly, and it did.

Here is a photo of one Obama healthcare supporter slapping another against it.

I guess when the White House gave Senate Democrats a battle plan and said "If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard," they didn't realize some would take that literally.

Expect more stories like this. When passions run high, these kinds of things happen and it's too bad. I've been at many protests where people argued loudly and passionately, but violence is never acceptable. Never.

But people are scared. Really scared. Let's hope it doesn't get worse.

Update: On a lighter note, Someone took some pics of "the mob." Too funny