John F. Phillips, MA
As we enter the final stretch of 2020, the world is chaotic and uncertain. Pandemics seem to do that.
When I set up Politics From The Heartland, my intent was to offer political risk management services to small and medium sized businesses and offer a perspective on the international and domestic political arenas that didn’t always conform to the opinions and insights offered by the foreign policy establishment and professional political class that reside on the east coast. Their insight is important and I read their articles and books and appreciate their perspective, but they don’t have a monopoly on all of the good insights and ideas.
As the pandemic has evolved, it is clear that many small and medium sized businesses are hanging on by their fingernails. When a business is trying to retrench to meet the current crisis and keep the doors open, to survive, it’s hard to be concerned about the trade deficit with Germany or the UK, about future US foreign policy goals, or other such issues. Right now, for most, its all about getting to the next day.
I get it, I really do. I’m in the same boat myself.
What we need to not lose sight of is that we are going to come out on the other side. Yes, things will be different and we are going to have to adapt to the new realities of doing business in this new and uncertain environment, but we will come out on the other side.
One of the things that will not change is that politics will continue to impact the world of business. Understanding domestic and international political risk will be more important than ever.
As the late Charles Krauthammer wrote, politics impacts everything. It is important that business owners get ahead of the curve and begin to develop a more sophisticated understanding of American and international politics and how events impact the bottom line. By doing that, you will be able to take a proactive rather than reactive approach to moving forward once the insanity stops.
So here’s the deal. I want to help in any way that I can. I’m going use my writing and research to teach and be a source of information and analysis, to tutor and mentor. I’m going to use my writing to help you prepare for the other side, to help you understand what the future may hold and offer insights on how to manage that future. Information is power! Information creates hope and optimism!
I have great hope for the future. Like many of you, I created my business because I saw a problem and I believed that I could offer a solution. We all started that way and there is no reason we can’t continue to pursue our dreams. I also understand that this is going to be very hard and some, including me, may not survive. I’m not going to sugarcoat this and blow sunshine up your you know what. The enemy, the pandemic, is at the top of the hill, you are running out of bullets and you have to figure out what you are going to do.
I also know that it is amazing what you can do when you have to! As the old saying goes, it’s always darkest just before the dawn. I never quit, and neither should you.
So here is my offer. I want to help. Let me know what you may need in terms of information and how I can help you prepare for the other side. Please understand, this isn’t a marketing pitch. I just want to help because I believe that we are all in this together. I don’t claim to know everything, but I know what I know. I also know that I’m pretty good at this.
What issues are you most concerned about as we move forward?