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Chris Reichert =/= all Tea Party supporters

There are many thoughts that have stood out to me in this Healthcare debate. Things like, ‘elections have consequences’ or that Democrat leadership can pea on your leg and tell you it’s raining with the straightest faces. One thing has impressed me the most, and that is the passion of the American people. I was worried that with the last couple of years that many of us were just worn out, but all across this country, thousands of people protested what they rightly believed was a reckless takeover of 1/6 of the economy by the Federal Government. However, when this passion is not under control, people can get stupid and embarrass themselves. There were stories of alleged gay and racial slurs hurled at Barney Frank and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. There are stories of Congress members and their families getting threatened with physical harm.

Another story, however, has also gained notoriety, and it’s right here in Central Ohio. In a protest outside the district office of U.S. Representative Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH), a Columbus resident berated and threw money at a man suffering from Parkinson’s disease:

The man’s name: Chris Reichert, a Columbus resident. In an article printed in the Wednesday issue of the Dispatch, Reichert says that “I snapped. I absolutely snapped and I can’t explain it any other way”.

This guy has gone through enough. The embarrassment of having your jackass moment taped and forever in the internets is punishment enough.

But of course, to those on the left, the acts of one represent the acts of all. One blogger from the left, Plunderbund, shared his opinion this way:

Thanks Chris Reichert for proving us right afterall about the negative effects of right wing talk radio that creates caustic political environments that cause people like you to do things you’d never think of doing

As I said in response, I listen/watch conservative media. Hannity, Ingraham, Malkin, Rush. And I never would have done that, and many others would not either. In fact, I believe that Mr. Plunderbund missed this:

Reichert then stepped from the crowd, bent down, pointed a finger in Letcher’s face and as he tossed a pair of dollar bills yelled, “I’ll pay for this guy. Here you go. Let’s start a pot, I’ll pay for you. I’ll decide when to give you money. Here. Here’s another one.”

Organizers on both sides of the debate quickly condemned the actions of Reichert and the other man, who still has not been identified…..

The Tea Party movement fight against more government, more taxes, and more waste is a noble cause; anyone that does what has been alleged has no place in the movement and should be shunned, and have been. The Left is lumping the kooks with everyday folks to try and discredit it; so far, it is not working. Those that support the movement need to continue to be vocal and oppose the extremists because that is not the support this cause needs.