Before the next installment of the running of the scapegoats and the burning of the straw men (more commonly known as an Obama debate performance), I thought I would pose the members a question I struggled with over the weekend.
Namely, should I agree to appear on a regional talk radio program if it 'outs' me as a conservative?
For most (if not all of the members) this would be a simple 'of course'. But my situation is complicated in that I'm a professional artist. A professional, conservative artist who has already survived one blacklisting in the past (a story for another post). A large percentage of my work is sold outside of my home state of Virginia and into less friendly environs in deep blue liberal states.
The radio show is a 50/50 mix of business and politics, and I was asked to be on the air and take questions due to the unique circumstance of: 1) entering our 21st year in business in spite of the best efforts of the Obama Administration and 2) the fact that my little enterprise, small though it may be, is unique in the community. The impact at home would be limited - especially since most of my family, friends, and neighbors are all like-minded and aware of our political affinities. The radio program, however, has some syndication and is podcast over the internet -- and there is no way to avoid equating my political leanings with those of my company.
If it were only my livelihood that was to be impacted there would be no hesitation on my part to accept the invitation, gird my loins Biden-style, and march into the radio studio ready to proselytize. But I have a family. I have employees. I can't assume that by going public with my political beliefs the end result will be positive, or the fallout limited only to me.
I know this question is deeply trivial in the grand scheme of things; this is far from a life or death decision and completely inane when you stop to consider the men and women who have given their lives for our country. But I thought it was an interesting dilemma and a comment on how the last four years of the Obama presidency have unfortunately made such deliberations ponderable.
For the record, I have already made a a choice, so feel free to discuss this without fear of influencing the final decision.