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Will Big Business Save America? 

February 1, 2017
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

President Trump’s banned refugees from seven countries. It is not hard to find outrage in America.

For example, American veterans worry about the people who helped them in Iraq. Relatives worry about their families on their way to the states. Trump says their crime is that they are coming from Iraq or Syria. Others say the ban is all about being Muslim.

It does not matter. In the eyes of millions, America is turning its back on its history and traditions. And it is doing so in an ugly, amateur and clumsy way. Experts say good lawyers did not draft the bans.

Others are looking for the reasons why Trump would do this. The easy explanation is that he is unbalanced. He would not be the first unbalanced elected leader in the world. Hugo Chavez of Venezuela comes to mind. But, the U.S. is not just any nation. It is the richest and best-armed nation on earth. An unbalanced person at the helm is a danger to every person on the planet.

The courts will do what they can to undo the harm Trump has already done. Politicians will begin to show courage and speak out. The media will go at Trump tooth and nail. His own officials and the people who work in the government will have to stand up.

Big business is yet another sector that will have to use its influence. We live in a global economy. That is good news. The biggest companies have plants and offices all over the world. These companies have global workforces. They employ Muslims and everyone else. Big business is embedded in the entire world.

ExxonMobil, the former workplace of the next Secretary of State, is a good example. Ford Motor, Coca-Cola, and Goldman Sachs are also examples of global companies. These companies are speaking out against the ban.

The head of Ford said, “Respect for all people is a core value of Ford. We are proud of the rich diversity of our company. It is true here at home and around the world. That is why we do not support this policy.”

The head of Coca-Cola said, “We are resolute in our commitment to diversity, fairness, and inclusion. We do not support this travel ban. Or any policy that is contrary to our core values and beliefs.”

Goldman Sachs said, “This is not a policy we support. Being diverse is not optional. It is what we must be.”

General Electric and Nike joined the others. Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon also oppose the ban.

It is hard to believe that big business might stand for justice. The struggle to ‘Make America Decent Again’ is just beginning.

Source: The Wall Street Journal January 30, 2017

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