Psst! Your politics is showing
September 16, 2008 Leave a comment
For those that know me politics is usually not a topic I tend to avoid at all costs because I find it tends to flare even the calmest of tempers.
Driving on the Baltimore beltway (695) this morning I was passed by a white commercial van (forget which business but not a national chain more a local one) that was displaying an Obama ’08 sticker in it’s back window. It struck me as odd. Another example. There is a business in my town (right on main street) that has a very large sign that up until the last year or so has had funny sayings. Recently it has turned into a platform for them to freely express their First Amendment right but in a rather snarky-opposite of what I believe – strictly my view of things – kind of way.
Although our country believes in the separation of church and state there is nothing about separating politics and business. I wonder, does displaying a strong allegiance to one side or another harm your business? For me I know I don’t like what the sign says on the business on Main Street. It does give me pause and makes me think do I really want to do business with someone who feels that way. But if they were the only guy in town for what I needed — would I really not patronize them? Jury is still out on that one.