Terry Paulson
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Charles Krauthammer, former Democrat turned conservative pundit and columnist, said on Fox News, "If ObamaCare truly self-destructs,... it would really set back American liberalism for a decade at least.... It would discredit the entire enterprise of the expansion of government, which is at the heart of 'Obama-ism.' That's why I think the liberals are running scared. It's not just one election, it's the whole ideology that the government knows best."

Shoveling dirt on the grave of liberalism is as premature as predicting the same for conservatism. The tension between liberals and conservatives has provided a self-correcting force in American politics.. We've voted our way from Carter to Reagan/Bush to Clinton to Bush II and now to President Obama.

When one party is in ascendance, independents ride that horse until conditions warrant a switch. America's dynamic political tension helps right the ship of state from political excesses by either liberals or conservatives.

Tired of a war in Iraq and Afghanistan and facing an economic downturn, voters responded to President Obama's promise of hope and change. But in five years, President Obama has turned a powerful first impression into a loss of trust and confidence.

Campaigns are build on promises. Trust comes from delivering on those promises. The disastrous rollout and growing dissatisfaction with his signature healthcare overhaul has given voters a jarring wakeup call.

In two Fox Polls conducted November 10-13, only 36% of Americans approved of President Obama's handling of healthcare; 61% disapproved--an increase of 10% in one month. In a second poll, 50% now feel that the president knowingly lied when he told Americans that if they liked their plan, they could keep it.

Though optimistic that those losing coverage would get a better plan through the exchanges, President Obama's lengthy response to GOP Whip Eric Kantor on February 25, 2010 leaves no doubt that he knew his promise was not true for all: "The eight to nine million people, that you refer to, that might have to change their coverage, keep in mind of the 300 million Americans that we’re talking about, would be folks that the CBO, the Congressional Budget Office estimates, would find the deal in the exchange better. ... Yes, they would find coverage, because they have more choice and competition, so let’s just be clear about that."

In his push to sell Obamacare, he may have been clear to Rep. Kantor, but he certainly wasn't as clear with voters.

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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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