Do Politics And Small Businesses Mix?

Do Politics And Small Businesses Mix? - https://www.buzzfeed.com Avatar Posted by jondyer under Public Relations
From https://www.buzzfeed.com 2308 days ago
Made Hot by: businessluv on August 7, 2016 1:56 pm
With the 2016 election heating up many entrepreneurs may begin feeling pressure to voice their political opinions. But could taking a stand on the issues be bad for business?





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Written by lyceum
2302 days ago

Jon: Thanks for your input to this story. I think it could be great to have a follow up post on this topic in the near future.

I hope Gary Johnson will participate in the debates, so you could "make America sane again"... ;) As I said before, I am not a Libertarian party member, but in this situation, I would pick a third alternative.

It is interesting to hear that Mitt Romney is in favor of Weld. I wrote a piece on Mitt in 2011:

http://www.teaparty.nu/2011/10/13/is-mitt-romney-a-tea-drinker/



Written by lyceum
2304 days ago

I am talking politics as an integrated part of your value system, i.e., your business philosophy.

Have you seen any reactions from politicians regarding the examples you have listed?

Is Gary Johnson getting any traction in the polls and will he get a seat in the TV debates? It looks that he has picked a running mate that could "weld" (pun intended) their campaign in a strong way.



Written by jondyer
2303 days ago

I'm not sure any have commented on any of these businesses directly since most are older (and one was a hoax) except for the transgender bathroom issue. However they usually speak to the bill and not to Target specifically.

As for Gary, he's getting closer. National polls have him between 9% and 12% so that needs to get to 15% for debates. Interestingly he is polling very well with Millennials and in the state of Utah from what I see. Part of the latter may be because Mitt Romney said he was a big fan of Weld but said he'd prefer to see him at the top of the ticket.



Written by lyceum
2306 days ago

Jon: Business should be separated from politics, in the same way church should be separated from the state. That said, you could vote with your pocketbook / wallet, and pick the businesses that you support. Personally, I wouldn't eat at Chick-fil-A, due to their hardcore religious beliefs.



Written by jondyer
2304 days ago

Good analogy and, yes, I agree that it's usually better for business owners to leave their politics at the door.



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