Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone has some stern advice for former president Barack Obama: “Ride off into the sunset” and “keep your mouth shut, OK?”
On top of being a successful businessman who has witnessed the power of economic prosperity to heal demographic divides, Ken Langone is a keen political observer who is often moved to speak his mind.
And he is fed up to the back teeth with Barack Obama and his politics of entitlement and division.
It comes as no surprise, considering the way he does business.
On any visit to one of Ken Langone’s stores you’ll meet a broadly diverse team of employees all working together for a common goal – servicing the customer. His employees know that the success of the store they work in translates to their success as a group – and individually.
Similarly, the success of other Home Depot stores gives customers the confidence to walk into any Home Depot store expecting the same great service. That fuels store over store economic growth and increases opportunities for each employee even further.
Langone’s employees are examples of something that we’ve been saying here for a long time: Prosperity brings peace.
Alternatively, competition for scarce resources allows political opportunists to drive a wedge between different social and ethnic groups for their own purposes.
Just pay some heed to Obama’s recent comments, meant to be critical of President Trump, that chart the history of divisive political discourse in America.
“The past few decades the politics of division and resentment and paranoia have unfortunately found a home in the Republican party.”
Nice try Barry, but the politics of division has been the bulwark of Democrat electoral strategy for decades. They have made it a central focus of every campaign in memory to identify and single out different demographic groups for victimhood and assigning them hyphenated American status.
And, whether Republicans went along for the ride, or sometimes adopted those policies as their own if can’t hide the fact that over those same past few decades American families have had to get by with declining household incomes.