I don’t particularly like not leading by example so in this case I have to make clear why I am doing what I warn other business owners not to do. Specifically I am talking about being political or using controversial subjects in my business writing.
You can do this but have no illusions, you will risk losing the segment of your customers who hold the opposing viewpoint. The reason why I have no fears of talking politics in my business blog, is my target market is business owners. Business owners are capitalists. Either that or Marxists who have no clue what Marxism really is and advocate taking of other people's stuff except theirs, essentially liberals.
Why would I not be concerned with losing that portion of the market? Because it is such a small minority that it doesn't really matter. Besides, why would I actually help them succeed when I am one of the “others” they propose the government should take (MORE) from in order to redistribute it to those who did nothing to earn it? No. I hope they fail in that respect.
As far as their business goes, I'd not do anything to actively harm their business and I most certainly will not do anything to help them. I don't wish them ill will or even hope their business fails. I actually wish them success. Perhaps then they may realize what America is truly about. Failing that realization, maybe some lowly unaccountable bureaucrat their vote helped to install will recognize their success and punish it accordingly.
My mission has been to help the small businesses succeed by building systems for them that help them get new customers, retain customers, and reinvigorate past customers.
That mission can only be successful if I am dealing with someone who really understands and embraces capitalism. Anyone who goes through mental gymnastics to defend Obama for what he has done to this country and what he said concerning capitalism does not have that fundamental understanding. So why should I waste my time with them when I could be helping someone who does?
In case you missed it, President Audacity gave a lecture in Roanoke Virginia where he said this:
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen,” he said.
Obama off teleprompter, on a roll, and unable to help himself went on to say
“The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”
No Mr. President, Americans who are successful do it despite the hindrances of others especially government!
Anyone who has ever started a business of any size and any type can tell you that there is no shortage of people telling you “you shouldn’t do it”, “you're making a mistake”, and these are the ones who actually want to save you from harm. There are others who say “you can't do it” or “why bother, most businesses fail.” They are spitefully jealous of your success and sincerely want to see you fail so they don’t feel bad by comparison. And then there's the government.
The government does everything possible to prevent the success of a business starting up. From regulations, the production and maintenance of records, to confusing tax codes, the entrepreneur is bogged down in a nightmare of red tape. And then there's the taxes themselves that take away that all important cash from the fledgling business.
I have to address Obama’s foolish statement that government invented the internet so companies could make money. Leftists would like to believe that Al Gore invented the internet as a way that institutes of higher learning could share knowledge and that just magically grew by itself into the wonderful internet. Then Evil capitalists bastardized it when they found that it could make them even richer.
No Al Gore most notably recognized for his salesmanship of a hoax, lesser known as the inventor of the internet, did not in fact invent the internet. The internet was created as a DARPA project at MIT.
I'm glad the Department of Defense funded the internet. I'm glad the Romans invented paved roads. I'm glad the cave men invented fire. (The beginning of man made global warming!) I'm glad that the founding fathers established freedom. I'm glad Adam Smith made the case for free market capitalism. But the difference between a business owner and a welfare recipient is in what they do with all that has been available to them.
I owe my success or failure, not to those I’ve mentioned and am thankful for their contribution to our society. I owe that to my own action, or lack thereof.
In short Mr. President, I am the reason why I am successful.
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