Terry Paulson

I not only appreciated those who pointed out my mistake; I appreciated the comments of some who vehemently disagreed with my position. J.D. had written, "As a longtime liberal Democrat, I find your columns to be utterly indigestible.... In 2012, Barack Hussein Obama will be re-elected President of the United States."

In addition to sharing my two mistakes, I replied, " I guess we will find out who will have indigestion in November. It will be a hard-fought campaign. Rest assured, such vital campaigns make America strong....It is possible that he will win. Beating an incumbent is difficult. I'm glad you have kind regards. I echo that right back at you. Difference is what freedom demands."

To J.D.'s credit he sent out an email to others and copied me with this admission: "I admit I am a little embarrassed . . . I sent an e-mail to a columnist... And, just out of pure spite, sheerly to annoy and embarrass me, he promptly sends back to me a gracious, courteous, diplomatic reply. Ooooo, I Hate when that happens."

I don't hate it when people who disagree show common courtesy. I thanked J.D. After all, we've all had our share of embarrassing messages we wish we could take back or edit.

Maybe, it's time for both sides to stop demonizing our political adversaries. Is it time to demand the same from our candidates and political leaders? The issues we face as a country are too important to allow distance and name calling to stop us from the dialogue we desperately deserve.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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