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In the Nation's Interest

CED Statement on Business Leadership, in the Face of Extremism

by CED August 17, 2017

8.17.17 – Washington, D.C. The Committee for Economic Development (CED) is devoted to achieving the success of our economy and of our nation as a whole. That success will be impossible without the full participation of all of our people, and without their unqualified confidence in the fairness of our nation’s institutions and leadership.

Our founding fathers built our society upon the premise that all people – without qualification – are created equal. The violence and hatred exhibited by racist groups this past weekend in Charlottesville are very disturbing and run counter to our principles as a nation. Our founders succeeded not because they were perfect, but because they wanted and tried to be. Notably, the willingness of many of their number as formerly denigrated religious dissenters to guarantee freedom of worship to all of their fellow countrymen is one of the ingredients that combined to make America great.

As businessmen and women, whose decisions can affect many of our countrymen, we feel an obligation to seek the perfect union envisioned by our founders, many from the business world of their own day. That perfect union must include the true opportunity of every American – again, without qualification for gender, race, creed, ethnic origin, or any other personal characteristic.

Our nation faces enormous challenges to our national security and to our prosperity in a rapidly changing and too-often-hostile world. Internal violence and hatred threaten every component of our national well-being. We urge all of our fellow citizens to turn back to the ideals and principles of our founding that made our nation great. It is times like these when business leaders can and should play a leadership role in calling for calm, peace and unity of our fellow citizens. We must also continue to play an important public role by staying engaged with public officials as they attempt to address the many challenging issues facing our nation.