At a recent news conference, President Obama called for unity over divisive rhetoric in the aftermath of the Tuscon shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and several other innocents. But no sooner spoken was the President’s impassioned plea than did Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris fire a bellicose shot-across-the-bow of the entire Tea Party movement.
The collectivist Democrat is known popularly as “Norrishood” for his propensity to rob wage earners through excessive taxation and oppressive government regulation—this, in order to fuel his own political power and advance a progressive, anti-liberty agenda.
In the January 16 edition of Charlottesville’s Daily Progress, Norris made various uninformed, inflammatory statements to writer, Brandon Shulleeta. Responding to news of the Jefferson Area Tea Party expanding their purview to local government, Norris said he “welcomes” Tea Party involvement in Charlottesville politics. Not content with a simple statement of acceptance, though, the imperious mayor then parlayed his remarks into a deliberate demonization of the “national” Tea Party movement as a bastion of greed:
“Seems like their interest is in helping the moderately wealthy members of American society to become fabulously wealthy.”
Mayor Norris, who offered no substantiation for his flagrant allegation, apparently did not receive the Obama “moderation” memo.
Norris’s astounding ignorance of Tea Party principles is without excuse, as local and national Tea Party coverage has dominated American media over the past year. If paying even cursory attention, Norris would know that the “T-E-A” in Tea Party stands for “taxed enough already.” While people will be better off if allowed to keep more of what they have earned, no one becomes “fabulously wealthy” from receiving permission to retain a pittance more of his own income. Ultimately, the Tea Party promotes Constitutionalism, self-governance, and personal and fiscal responsibility.
Further, Tea Party members encompass a broad socio-economic diversity, from impoverished taxi drivers to successful physicians, and all points in-between. The common thread is a love for liberty as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and codified in the United States Constitution. Had Norrishood ever attended a local Tea Party gathering, this would not be news.
While the Tea Party demonstrably is NOT centered on making the wealthy richer, the Norris-progressive agenda provably is about making all people poorer by stripping individual wealth and siphoning it into government coffers. Redistribution schemes of the left have devastated the country—increasing generational poverty and destroying the American nuclear family.
In the Democratic Socialist Republic of Charlottesville, Norris has built a meretricious political career on promulgating class warfare and advocating for expanded government power. Expressed disdain of prosperity and covetous desire of others’ affluence has been a hallmark of the Norris mayoral reign.
The mayor’s nescience over the objectives and purpose of the Tea Party—both local and national—may or may not be feigned. But, in either event, Norrishood is wise to smell a threat to his heretofore-unmolested socialist agenda. The Tea Party is a harsh mistress, and Mayor Norris rightfully fears accountability.