DENNIS SEID: ‘Liberal Nut’ pokes fun – and has fun

“The more you read about politics, the more you got to admit that each party is worse than the other.”
– Will Rogers

To conservatives, liberals have few redeeming qualities. Liberals feel the same way about conservatives.
For all the talk of bipartisanship and the need to work together after the November 2008 election, divisions have gotten only deeper. The two sides seem to be farther apart on a wider range of issues than ever before.
Talk, as the saying goes, is cheap.
And polls show that Americans don’t like what they’re hearing and seeing. A recent Gallup Poll showed 80 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job. Only 16 percent approved.
President Barack Obama does better, with a 49 percent approval rating and 45 percent disapproving.
But with politics often comes opportunity.
Beating up politicians is easy. And people with opposing viewpoints often contribute in some way to a cause in which they believe.
They’ll buy T-shirts and bumper stickers, give to websites and political action committees and do whatever it takes to let politicians know how they feel.
That’s where entrepreneurship comes into play.
For one Tupelo company, its name says it all: Liberal Nut Co.
The brains behind the tongue-in-cheek operation is David Haadsma, who formed the company in May, launching a website and shopping cart at liberalnutcompany.com to begin “a peanut revolution by selling Liberal Nuts.”
Yes, the company does sell nuts – high-quality Mississippi peanuts, in fact. They’re packed in bags that have photos of and “outrageous quotes” from some “liberal nuts” that include Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Maher, George Soros and Al Gore.
Haadsma said that while it was his idea to get the company started, it’s his kids who are behind the wheel.
“I’m the greedy CEO and using child labor,” he said with a laugh. His wife, Carrie, takes care of the books and is billed as the “fat cat banker.” One of their children is the “vice president of corporate junkets” and the other as “vice president of big oil operations.”
The company has picked up quite a few orders online, but Haadsma said the business is strictly a sideline.
“The kids are the ones really running it and learning about business,” Haadsma said.
Everything is run from the Haadsma’s home, but could move to a bigger location if business warrants it.
“We’ll look at it at the end of summer and see where we are,” Haadsma said.
While the venture involves having fun and learning a little about business, it’s also about getting a message out, Haadsma said.
Not that everybody has to agree.
“My children’s views aren’t quite as conservative as mine,” he said with a laugh. “We have a lot of interesting discussions.”

Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal