A colleague recently posted an article on Linkedin that advised readers to never share political views on social media, as doing so may alienate a significant percentage of potential clients.

Under “normal” political circumstances, I can accept that perspective. But given the dangerous rhetoric that is part of the 2016 presidential campaign, I believe it is irresponsible to remain silent.

I’ve worked successfully with lots of people who hold political beliefs that are in opposition to mine. (Or in other words, “some of my best friends are Republicans!”) But this election isn’t about political issues like the size of government or economic policy; it’s about character, civility, and the future of our democracy. 

Because the stakes are so great, I have freely shared my opinions about Donald Trump on social media and elsewhere. If any of my friends, connections, or followers choose not to do business with me as a result of my views on this topic, that’s a price I’m willing to pay. 

On a related note, I recently published an article on Linkedin that explores the ethical dilemma faced by Trump’s former ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz. It’s too long for a Mind Mint, but I've received lots of feedback on the piece. If you have a few minutes to read it, I'd love to hear your comments as well!