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