Tea Party Protesters Heckle Man With Parkinsons
AlterNet March 17, 2010
At an anti health reform rally in Columbus yesterday, Tea Partiers demonstrated why they should be taken seriously as a populist movement by heckling a man who carried a sign claiming he suffers from Parkinsons.
A video shows the man sitting down in front of a group of protesters. “If you’re looking for a handout, you’re in the wrong part of town! Nothing for free here, you have to work for everything you get!” says one guy. Then, some khaki-clad dick saunters over, flings some money at the protester and smarmily says “I’ll pay for this guy. Here you go. Start a pot.” He circles back around to scream, “I’ll decide when to give you money!” Someone else yells something about communism. Someone else screams, “No more handouts!!!”
Of course, things get heated at protests. And it may not be fair to judge everyone at the demonstration based on a handful of crazy idiots caught on video. What a nice illustration, though, of a mindset that brings someone out in the middle of the day to scream about (very imperfect) legislation that promises to extend insurance to millions and curb some of the most egregious abuses of the insurance industry.
(The video was originally posted on the Columbus Dispatch.)