I Am Kenneth Gladney -- Updated
In his Washington Times column, Andrew Breitbart writes:
Last week, a black gentleman named Kenneth Gladney went to a town-hall meeting hosted by Rep. Russ Carnahan, Missouri Democrat. While passing out "Don't Tread on Me" flags, he was viciously attacked by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members. One called him a "nigger."
These union thugs were directed by the White House to go to the protests and "punch back twice as hard." And they did.
While the attack was captured on video and is available on YouTube, Mr. Gladney's horrifying story is absent from MSNBC's 24/7 media cycle. Mr. Krugman has yet to write about it. And Mr. Cooper has yet to condemn the attack.
On Sept. 12, I will be attending a tea party in Quincy, Ill., joining Instapundit professor Glenn Reynolds, Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft, and Tucker Carlson.
With the Democratic Party in control of all branches of government and the Fourth Estate acting as the Democratic Party's protector, the tea party movement is the closest thing America has to checks and balances.
If that isn't enough to motivate you, perhaps showing your solidarity with Kenneth Gladney, a fellow patriot, is.
Earlier in his column, Andrew writes:
Stepping up the rhetoric from mockery to pure hatred, and absent any evidence, Mr. Olbermann has called the president's public protesters "worse than racists." Political activist and comedian Janeane Garofalo colored them "racist rednecks who hate blacks." And at the somewhat higher end of the food chain, liberal economist Paul Krugman in the New York Times wrote last week that they were motivated by "cultural and racial fear."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is having a hard time these days explaining the president's Israel policy to her Jewish constituents, blatantly lied and said that the protesters were wielding "swastikas and symbols like that."
Supporters of the president understand what is going on. So do his detractors.
As Mark Steyn wrote today:
Gotta love this "post-racial America": Democrat union heavies can beat up a black guy using racial epithets and leave him in a wheelchair unable to speak — and happily (unlike, say, a black professor being asked for picture ID) it's not "symbolic" of anything at all. Not a Sharpton in sight to speak up for him: Mr. Gladney's only shot at fame is an entry in The Guinness Book of Records under "Least Famous Black Hate-Crime Victim In America."
If you're a blogger or pundit, keep Gladney's name handy, so you're prepared the next time Garofalo and her fellow legacy media denizens refer to tea party protesters as "racist rednecks who hate blacks."
Update: And this:
"The war's on," says Rep. Baron P. Hill, and he's not talking about a conflict overseas, but a battle over health care in his own back yard [Roll over Von Clausewitz! -- Ed], where thousands of people are trying to tell him what to do, some not so nicely.
Hill is a leader of the Blue Dogs, the caucus of 51 conservative [If you say so -- Ed] Democrats whose hard-bargaining support is critical to President Obama's bid to overhaul the health system. He came home on recess to find himself a target of groups that want to steer the August conversation and the autumn vote.
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"I'm trying to control the event," Hill said, shortly before an informal discussion with a dozen business people at the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. "What I don't want to do is create an opportunity for the people who are political terrorists to blow up the meeting and not try to answer thoughtful questions."
Then: Dissent against the War on Terror is patriotic. Now? It's a form of terror itself. As Sean Hackbarth writes on Twitter, "It's not wise for any Congressmen to call their constituents 'political terrorists.'"
Update: And again:
Rep. Brian Baird (D -- WA): Health-Care Opponents Remind Me of Tim McVeigh (NRO)
Baird said a "coordinated national effort" to disrupt public meetings with shouts and demonstrations, which he said Republican leaders were "egging on," was reminiscent of the kinds of things that drove Timothy McVeigh to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. "He believed himself to be a patriot fighting against an oppressive government," Baird said of McVeigh, whose act killed 168.
As Scott Johnson of Power Line rhetorically asks, "Does Linda Douglass know about this?"
Update: Dan Collins does not mince words:
Congratulations, Think Progress, Steve Benen and The Moderate Voice (sic), you've achieved absolute douchebaggery. You see, according to these people, the issue at hand isn't one of Mr. Gladney being beaten up, but of Mr. Gladney not being insured.
Shades of the infamous quote by Charles Pierce of the Boston Globe back in 2003: "If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age."
More: Talk radio hostess and occasional PJTV guest Dana Loesch is threatened: "You need to shut up and get out of the way before you get hurt or your family gets hurt. People are under a lot of stress out here it wont take much to set them off."
Dana notes, "Yes, I forwarded this to the proper channels. I do not take anything lightly."