Tea Party rolls into CassopolisPublished 10:08am Friday, April 16, 2010
By JOHN EBY
Dowagiac Daily News
CASSOPOLIS – Cathy Jones always votes Republican, but she considers herself a conservative.
It’s the same distinction Dowagiac school board member Sherry File makes.
Jones, of Penn Township, grew up in the landmark Bonine house outside Vandalia.
With a granddaughter in tow, Jones usually confines her participation in the political process to voting – not toting a sign outside the 1899 courthouse at the Cass County Tea Party’s Tax Day rally stating, “We used to have Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash and now we have Obama, no hope and no cash.”
In fact, Cash headlined the 1981 Cass County Fair, as did Barbara Mandrell.
“I’ve never been this politically active,” Jones said. “I was brought up to be conscientious about our right to vote, but I never went to Republican Party meetings or anything like that.”
“I’m not even for a lot of Republicans anymore,” she said.
“The government doesn’t listen anymore and has gotten away from the Constitution. They’re ignoring the Constitution totally, and that’s what this country was founded on. The people have the control – not the government, which is walking all over us and taking all of our rights away. I don’t want my grandkids to grow up in a country totally different than the one I grew up in. That’s why I’m here. I went to the (Tea Party rally) in South Bend last fall.”
Complacency contributed to where America finds itself, she said.
“People didn’t use their right to vote and kind of went with the flow – ‘we can’t do anything.’ Bush did bad things. I voted for him because you’ve only got two choices, but there are things I didn’t like about him. I want a conservative president. The one we’ve got is so socialist it’s scary.”
Signs equate “Obamism” with both socialism and communism.
“What we went from,” Jones said, “is a take-responsibility-for-yourself nation if you want to stay into a nanny state where people expect everything from the government. We’re supposed to have the freedom to succeed on our own. We shouldn’t have to depend on the government. I’m amazed at how many Americans now don’t even understand that concept. The work ethic is totally gone and families have broken down. We don’t have two parents in the home anymore and the kids are left to go wild. The fact we don’t have responsible parents anymore is breaking down the whole country.”
Jones said she didn’t hear about the Tea Party until Wednesday.
Plus, many people have to work until 5 p.m., so turnout gathers slowly, like a summer thunderstorm.
“Everybody I know is angry,” Jones said. “The people couldn’t have spoken much louder and the government totally dissed us.”