Man with Parkinson’s Sign Responds to Teabag Hecklers

Man with Parkinsons Sign

Robert Letcher

I’m the person you all are writing about. Let me tell you a bit about me. First of all, my actions were NOT about me, NOT for me either. My parents raised me to think about other people; like:

  • “Whatsoever you do to the least of us…”
  • “He’s not heavy, he’s my brother.”
  • “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.”; and, especially in our large family,
  • “Share, and share alike.”

One of my brothers said that if our parents would have written a book about how they raised seven kids on so little money, they would have been rich. But they didn’t, and we weren’t. We shared a lot and handed stuff down a lot–and our parents did without, often, and a lot.

Last Tuesday, i got up,, made my sign, went to the demonstration, and came home. I thought it was over. But I guess i was wrong on that! My sign borrowed from the “Got Milk?” ad:

Got Parkinson’s?
I DO and YOU might
Thanks for helping!
That’s community

Medicare paid for brain surgery that significantly mitigated my suffering. When I got my brain implants turned on, life became almost ordinary for awhile–and we all cried tears of happiness. That’s why I can honestly say that I am not driven by “EGO”; rather, I am driven by “I-OWE”.

But Parkinson’s is still eating away at my nervous system, and some day I’ll die from it. In the meantime, I have dedicated myself to thanking my family and friends, and the broader public for helping me. I do so mostly by writing, and occasionally by putting myself in harm’s way, to bring attention, not to me–i’m the luckiest guy since Lou Gehrig–but to people who need help so badly and couldn’t make the rally.

My hope is that my Mother and deceased Father would be proud of me.

Robert A. Letcher, PhD

Robert A. Letcher, Ph.D describes himself as “an academic with a disability instead of a portfolio, a writer, and a Qigong practitioner who tries to help people learn”.

Published by the LA Progressive on March 21, 2010
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About Robert Letcher

Robert A. Letcher, Ph.D. is a political economist who describes himself as "an academic without portfolio, writer, political activist, and Qigong practitioner who tries to help people learn".