Although Congressional Republicans appeared to be offended after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., suggested their party was intentionally rooting for the U.S. economy to fail in order to ensure President Barack Obama will not serve a second term, a highly publicized blog post from a well-known Tea Party Web site indicates the accusation is not out of the realm of possibility.
In a letter titled Call For a Strike of American Small Businesses Against The Movement For Global Socialism, on the Tea Party Nation Web site -- one of the largest Tea Party groups in the nation -- that was subsequently e-mailed to its members, contributor Melissa Brookstone urges small businesses owners to cease hiring new employees in order to protest the progressive socialist policies of the Obama administration.
Brookstone, who writes in a subsequent post that she is not a conservative, but Libertarian-turned-Objectivist (the philosophy touted by author/novelist Ayn Rand), claims that Obama and the Democratic Party-controlled Senate are participating in a globalist socialist agenda of redistribution of wealth, and the waging of class warfare against our constitutional republic's heritage of individual rights, free market capitalism, and indeed our Constitution itself, with the ultimate goal of collapsing the U.S. economy and globalizing us into socialism.
Labels Democrats as Democrat-Socialists
The Occupy Wall Street movement, according to Brookstone, is similarly protesting against business, private party ownership and capitalism, which Obama, the Democrat-Socialists and the media are perpetuating. Therefore, Brookstone said she, as a small business owner -- she did not specify what kind of business she owns -- will not hire more employees until the war against business and my country is stopped.
Brookstone's comments have been skewered by multiple media outlets, as well as Keith Olbermann, who included her in his Worst Person in the World list on the Oct. 19 episode of his Current TV program Countdown.
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, Olbermann said, explaining his reasoning for naming Brookstone as the top offender on the Worst list.
Brookstone does not identify as a Republican, leading her to write in an Oct. 20 blog post that classifying her letter as a right wing attack is not accurate.
However, it is easy to see how some media outlets and pundits could view it that way. The conservative Tea Party faction has been a growing force in the Republican Party and many Tea Party-affiliated members of the GOP were elected to Congress during the 2010 midterm elections. Many of those Congressmen have expressed that their main goal for the 2012 presidential election is simply to ensure that President Obama is not reelected.
Almost half -- 49 percent -- of Republicans say they are part of the Tea Party movement, according to a September CNN poll.
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...