John Carroll students and the University Heights community came together to hold a Tea Party on the quad, one of many being held across the U.S.
Organized by the John Carroll Conservatives, over 500 people came out to the event on Thursday, April 15. They protested current U.S. government policies and spending, most specifically health care.
“Tea” generally stands for “taxed enough already,” a slogan of the Tea Party movement, which is a national anti-tax movement.
Sophomore Nick Tribuzzo, president of the John Carroll Conservatives, said that he was very happy with the turnout at the Tea Party.
He said, “It’s been a really excellent turnout. I’m so glad that the Tea Party is reaching young people.”
Not only JCU students were present at the protest. People from all over Ohio traveled to JCU to support the Tea Party and stand united in their dissent against the Obama administration.
Dave Krutsch traveled from Mansfield to attend the Tea Party with his wife. He said, “I see the government going in a direction that is not in the best interests of our country and our Constitution. I’m scared for our kids, and we need to show the government that they work for us. We all have to do something to help.”
Along with the residents in the community attending the rally, Jim Quinn, a conservative radio talk show host based in Pittsburgh, also attended the Tea Party and spoke to all those who were there.
Quinn said, “Capitalism raised the baseline of human existence. Free markets work – they are self-correcting. I am not against the redistribution of wealth, but I want to be the one to do the redistributing.”
However, not everyone at John Carroll was excited about the day’s events. Sophomore Senator Sean Cahill, said that he disagreed with the Tea Party movement.
“All of this is political rhetoric without any substance. It’s just hatred slinging at other hatred, and it’s the biggest farce I have witnessed on campus,” said Cahill.
There were also students present to protest the Tea Party.
Sophomore Andy Bryan-Ramón was among those protesting the Tea Party.
“Although, I partially agreed with the original idea of no more taxes, the Tea Party has unfortunately attracted extremist, conservative fanatics that have taken over the momentum that the group was originally pushing for, and far away from the ideals that this nation was founded upon,” said Bryan-Ramón.
The rally, which began at 11 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m., offered free food and music to those who attended. There were also other activist groups at the event. The People’s Constitution Coalition of Ohio had a table set up with petitions they wanted students to sign against health care reform.
Jean Coe, a member of the People’s Constitution Coalition of Ohio, said that it was great to be invited to the John Carroll Tea Party.
She said, “We need to make people more aware of what is going on, and show that with current government policies, there will be no more freedom. We’re here today to wake up college students.”