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Obama, ACORN, and the SEIU? They Go Way Back

The goons coming to ObamaCare's rescue are no surprise — the trinity's symbiotic relationships trace back to the mid-90s.

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Sammy Benoit

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August 18, 2009 - 12:01 am

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been acting as the president’s thug squad, attacking ObamaCare protesters across the country.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reached out to them when the administration needed “backup” for the town halls:

Conference Call with HHS Secretary

Friday, August 7th, at 2:30pm EDT, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is hosting a call with health care activists and SEIU members to discuss what needs to happen in order to win health care reform, and to directly respond to accusations and distortions from opponents. At the end of the call, Gov. Sebelius will also answer your questions on health care reform.

In Connecticut, the SEIU asked its members to attend Congressman Jim Himes’ town hall meeting and drown out the voices opposing ObamaCare:

Healthcare Town Hall Forum with Congressman Jim Himes

August 06, 2009, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. …
Action: Opponents of reform are organizing counter-demonstrators to speak at this and several congressional town halls on the issue to defend the status quo. It is critical that our members with real, personal stories about the need for access to quality, affordable care come out in strong numbers to drown out their voices.

At a St. Louis town hall, four SEIU members surrounded and attacked ObamaCare protester Kenneth Gladney:

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.

Why would the president of the United States have any interest in linking up with the SEIU, encouraging them to be his enforcers?

In the mid 1990s, ACORN and the SEIU partnered with other leftist groups to help form the Marxist New Party, a political coalition. In 1995, Obama sought out their nomination. He was successful in obtaining that endorsement and used a number of New Party volunteers as campaign workers.

The fact that Obama received the New Party’s endorsement in his first run for office cannot be dismissed as insignificant. On the contrary, Obama’s ties to the New Party and the New Party’s backers at ACORN and the SEIU are long-standing, substantial, and reveal a great deal about his personal political allegiances.

The New Party’s biggest wins in the country were in Chicago, including Obama’s victory in his 1996 run for the Illinois Senate. Chicago’s New Party was formed around two core elements, ACORN and the SEIU’s local 880. SEIU 880 was itself an ACORN offshoot.

While the future president was making his way up the ladder of Chicago politics, his New Party partners, ACORN and the SEIU, were learning the “intimidation” business. The groups partnered to shake down corporations in the “muscle for money” program:

It’s officially called the “Muscle for Money” program within the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where it was started, and unofficially by the same name among activists of Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN). … Muscle for Money includes multiple techniques for creating highly aggressive, organized efforts both to pressure businesses and officials to support the activists’ agenda or to discredit and intimidate opponents of their agenda, according to present and former ACORN members. …

U.S. Department of Labor LM-2 financial disclosure forms show over $600,000 in transactions between these same locals SEIU and ACORN operations in recent years. …

Some of the more prominent Muscle for Money targets to date have included the Carlyle Group, Sherwin-Williams, H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, Liberty Tax and Money Mart, according to Anita Moncrief, a former ACORN employee and now an ACORN 8 member. “The idea is to go to private homes where wives and children are present and stand outside so the family members of a company official could be harassed and subjected to intimidation,” said Moncrief. “Protestors would also go to company functions like banquets where they would be as disruptive as possible.”

ACORN actually had a contract with SEIU to target the Caryle Group, Moncrief said. The most aggressive campaigns directed against this company occurred in the fall of 2007. …

The program’s biggest score came against H&R Block, Moncrief said. The company was targeted beginning in January 2004 when ACORN promised demonstrations by its members in front of H&R Block offices protesting “overpriced tax refund loans” in at least 30 cities. …

ACORN’s so-called “muscle for money” strategy extorts “donations” from targeted government and corporate officials by offering them Mafia-like protection from protests by the group’s own paid thugs, many of them convicted felons. ACORN has also blocked bank mergers until the targeted financial institutions agreed to change their lending policies to ACORN’s satisfaction.

The partnership between the POTUS, SEIU, and ACORN is glued together by this rule from Saul Alinsky:

The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real — allies of the Haves. The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means.

In other words, anything goes for those hoping to topple the political and economic system of a nation that has created more wealth and eliminated more poverty than any other in the history of mankind. Which is the reason President Obama and his partners at ACORN and SEIU are using bullying tactics to shove ObamaCare down the throats of the citizens of the United States.

Sammy Benoit is the editor of the political blog The Lid.
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