BUSINESS MATTERS By Glen J. Dalakian, Sr.
At this time of year, we see many articles telling us how to vote, which party does this and which party does that. Many even push “Get Out the Vote,” thinking that the more people that come out on Election Day, the better their chances of winning. Not sure how or why both sides would claim that benefit? But, as an entrepreneur, have you ever wondered “Does it matter if I vote?”
Our founding fathers saw voting as a privilege for the well-informed. Many people were excluded from voting in the early years of the USA because of their status and perceived lack of knowledge. In some respects, that may have even made some sense (at the time), since why should someone cast a vote if they did not have knowledge of who they were voting for and why? America was formed as a republic and not a democracy (as many mistakenly think), in part because of how people might vote. The founders of our nation knew that the average person would not have the experience or sufficient information to make every critical decision that would enable the growth of a new nation.
As we all know, the world has changed. The available information on candidates seems to be endless, yet it appears to be more difficult to choose than ever before. Do we vote by party or do we vote for the person, or do we even vote at all?
So back to the question: Why vote? Does it really matter which party is in power? Is it important who the candidate is or just what they represent? As business owners, we need to make honest evaluations and vote right. Now more than ever, America needs entrepreneurs, especially since they have such a strong impact on the economy, to take a stand and vote in the best interest of our country.
Entrepreneurs are people of influence; if you own a company, you have to “move” people every day to be successful. Whether it is clients, employees, vendors, or others you are in contact with, your opinion matters and your efforts have impact. With this in mind, it is important to realize how much our vote counts and how important it is that we take advantage of this privilege on Election Day.
Even more important may be what we do before Election Day. Are we engaged with the process by taking time to meet with and hear from the candidates? Have we looked seriously at the parties to see if they still represent our positions? Or do we just vote the same as last year or the same as our parents or our spouse? When we walk in to cast a ballot, it is ultimately our own personal choice and we should not make it lightly or out of habit.
This year, perhaps we will all take a fresh look at why and how we vote. Think deeper than “looks” and “party;” seriously consider what is best for business and community and vote right.