No political statements from me - that's not what this forum is for. Though this is admittedly not a strictly business topic....
Even the people I don't agree with. (And I'm not telling y'all who that would be. )
Well, okay, I guess this is a political statement of sorts. People, humans, men and women, thousands and thousands of them, over several hundred years now, fought and bled and died so that all Americans would have the right to vote. And marched and protested and wrote speeches and listened to speeches so that we'd have the right to vote. And showed up in the pouring rain, or endured discrimination and recrimination, or bullets, or hunger strikes, so that we'd have the right to vote.
I could come up with more, but I think you've figured out what I'm getting at here.
Please, vote. You are lucky enough to have a voice; many people in many countries, far too many, don't have that voice. You are lucky enough not to have to earn your right to vote; someone has already done that for you. So honor their sacrifice, figure out what you believe, and vote for it.
If you don't, your voice goes unheard. And even if I don't agree with what you have to say, I think that would be a shame.
So that you know I put my money where my mouth is, we at Keynote have booked speakers of many political stripes. Some of them are people I think are on the right track. Some others, not so much. But it's not my business to tell other people what kinds of opinions it's okay to express, or listen to, or whom to invite to speak. Freedom of speech, right?
It's just my job to help give people a forum for expression, to help people have an opportunity to listen to opinions, open their minds, learn about something new. Even if it's not something I agree with. I am not the world.
Actually, come to think of it, that's part of why I love my job. The opportunity to hear all different types of topics, theories, opinions, facts, research, and even imagination. So maybe my little rant here isn't quite so off-topic after all.
Thank you to all the people who made it possible for me to vote. I stand on the shoulders of giants. Some of them were our Founding Fathers, some of them were those who fought and died in the War for Independence, some of them fought and died in the Civil War, and all the other wars in which American has fought, some of them were Suffragettes, some of them were Civil Rights protesters, some of them are the members of the US Armed Forces today.
Thank you. That's all that's on my mind for today. Thanks for listening.