I just watched the video of the Parkinson's patient getting mocked by tea-baggers. (See it HERE). I'd normally post the video, but the visual is just too disturbing. I watch that and I wonder that Jack Kemp or even Ronald Reagan would have said to those folks mocking the guy with the disease. Furthermore, I wonder how many of the tea-baggers consider themselves to be "good, God-fearing Christians"?
The above brings this to mind, from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 10 verses 30-37:
"A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.’ Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?" He said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
Now to quote an often-used phrase, "what would Jesus do?"? I think the Gospel of Luke answers that question, but it's a given that He wouldn't...
...scream "Welfare!" at the man
....throw a dollar at him
I have no problem with progressives or conservatives. I am at home with the religious and the atheist. I do, however, have an enormous problem with hypocrites.
Oh, and one final thought: some could argue that the whole thing was a set-up or that it was a shameful act on the part of those opposed to the tea-baggers to put this individual with Parkinson's "on display". In response I'd note that this was perfect opportunity for the tea-baggers to prove that they are more than just this bitter, angry mob. One of them could have gone to the man and talked to him about how he would be better off without the current health care reform proposals. Rather than doing that, they instead lowered themselves down to the lowest possible expectations others had for them. They basically "never failed to fail", and to make matters even worse (if that's even possible) they did it in front of a rolling camera. What's worse than being a hypocrite? Being stupid and a hypocrite.