Melissa Brookstone, a blogger for the Tea Party Nation, gained notoriety this week after a post titled Call For a Strike of American Small Businesses Against The Movement For Global Socialism went viral, earning the scorn of liberal commentators and even landing her on commentator Keith Olbermann's Worst Person in the World list on his Current TV' show.
Brookstone has primarily been attacked for a line at the end of her Oct. 18 post -- which declares President Barack Obama and his administration is in alliance with a progressive socialist movement that aims to collapse the U.S. economy and convert the U.S. into a socialist state -- that calls on small businesses to cease hiring new employees as a way of fighting back against the policies of the president and the Democratic Party-controlled Senate.
I, an American small business owner, part of the class that produces the vast majority of real, wealth producing jobs in this country, hereby resolve that I will not hire a single person until this war against business and my country is stopped, she wrote.
Ayn Rand Novel Inspired Brookstone's Directive To Small Businesses
Olbermann and other media outlets bashed Brookstone and the Tea Party Nation, one of the country's largest Tea Party groups, for this statement, alleging it was representative of how the Tea Party and conservative politicians are willing to destroy the U.S. economy simply to ensure that Obama will be a one-term president.
On his Oct. 19 program, Olbermann even quipped that he would have placed Brookstone at the top of his Worst Person list, but did not because, If they do convince small businesses not to hire any employees just to spite President Obama, and the country does not instantly collapse, she will have personally disproved her groups founding principal: that only small businesses create jobs.
However, in an interview with the International Business Times, Brookstone emphasized that her directive was never meant to be taken as a way to improve the economy. Instead, she said it was inspired by the premise of the Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged and its main character, John Galt's, decision to abandon his progressive socialist society and create his own community among people who Brookstone said still appreciated productive achievement, which the greater society no longer did.
Although Brookstone's post was emailed to members of the Tea Party Nation -- which media outlets have used as proof that it is an opinion endorsed by the group -- Judson Phillips, the founder of the Tea Party Nation, told the IBTimes that it was not meant to be representative of the entire organization. Only blog postings that appear under either Phillips' or a generic Tea Party Nation byline can be counted as the official position of the group, he said.
Brookstone has also been criticized for her characterization of Obama, whom she wrote has seized dictatorial powers to bypass our Congress. Obama's move to send military forces to Libya as a NATO action -- and therefore, bypassing the consent of Congress -- is an example of his dictatorial characteristics, according to Brookstone, in addition to the administration's decision to prevent drilling in the Gulf Coast following the BP (BP) oil spill by not renewing offshore leases.
Brookstone Says Global Progressive Socialist Movement Underway
Brookstone also pointed to Glenn Beck, whom she claims has been compiling evidence of Obama's connection to a global progressive socialist movement for at least a year.
Remember, Obama encouraged the 'Arab Spring' movement, while Beck was sounding alarm bells that this could put countries like Egypt firmly into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Obama administration claimed was 'secular'. But Beck has exposed it as clearly not secular. They were actually connected with the Nazis back in the 1930's and, lo and behold, a Nazi party just sprang up again in Egypt, she said.
According to The Jerusalem Post, the Egyptian news outlet Al-Masry A-Youm reported that a Nazi party existed before the former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted, claiming Mubarak's regime prevented Nazi party leaders from acting freely. However, the source said the report has not been verified.
In May, The Jerusalem Post reported that two Facebook pages existed under the title of the Egyptian Nazi Party. They have since been removed from the Web site.
While the Occupy Wall Street movement has protested multi-national corporations (MNCs) and domestic U.S. corporations who have continued to raise CEO and executive pay while laying off employees, Brookstone said those companies have not contributed to the country's financial crisis.
First of all it's a drop in the bucket, but the fundamental principle is really what's important here. Again it goes back to people having a right to own their own lives, therefore having a right to own what they spend their lives to produce ( their property and money) and the right to dispose of it as they see fit, she said. Companies should be private property and should be entitled to do those things as they see fit, it's not rightfully anyone else's business.
Ashley covers U.S. politics for the International Business Times, with a focus on civil liberties, women's issues and campaign finance. Her work has also appeared in The...