Saturday, 8 August 2009

Update on Kenneth Gladney

I wrote yesterday about the beating received by Kenneth Gladney, an American conservative who was beaten by members of the Service Employees’ International Union, the SEIU.

At the time there was no good impression of the injuries he received. The attack was described as ‘a beating’, but all commentary was from people politically opposed to the SEIU’s stance on the healthcare issue under debate. Well, that is if you can call a beating debate, because it appears that ‘beating’ was an understatement. ‘Serious beating’ was certainly justified.

Hundreds of people, largely it appears from the ‘Tea Party’ movement (opposing large increases in government spending, for those non-Americans who have not heard of this), descended on the St Louis offices of the SEIU. Mr Gladney was able to join them, he is fortunate that he has been able to leave hospital. However it appears that he is as yet still unable to speak. That does not suggest a moderate knock-about. That suggests to me he was subject to some determined violence, from four cowardly attackers.

Notice that the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, rabble rousers who have supported violent criminals if they were black) and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) did not manage to attend. That is the left for you. Event the ACLU won’t defend civil liberties taken away by their fellow lefties.

I wish for Kenneth Gladney swift justice and, more importantly, an even swifter recovery. Freedom-loving people everywhere are supporting you, Mr Gladney.

Update: of course the left-wing blogosphere cannot believe that the left has thugs. An ideology of coercion, socialism has always had its thugs, from the brownshirts of Germany in the 1930s to violent revolutionaries in South American jungle. My earliest memories of the left was the violent nastiness of the “peace” campaigners at Greenham Common, where we had family friends. Peace protesters who would attack a car with three young children in the back, entirely surrounding it and physically rocking it while shouting and screaming.

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