The Battered Public Syndrome

The battered wife syndrome is a well-known psychological malady in which an abused partner stays with her abuser, thinking things would be worse without him. They think the separation would be more painful than the beatings and can't really imagine life without their man.

For some victims, there finally comes a time when they have had enough and they face the reality that this man is not good for them. He lies to them. He hurts them. Eventually, even his sweet talk falls on deaf ears.

Watching the news this week, I have seen clips of our president lying smoothly, comfortably, and repeatedly in his bait and switch sales pitch for the comically named Affordable Health Care Act. "You like your doctor; you can keep your doctor." "You like your plan; you can keep your plan, period." "You will have much better insurance for less money". "Your insurance costs will go down by an average of $2,500. " "This plan will not increase our deficit by one dime."

All lies.

The public is being battered on health care and that is becoming increasingly obvious.

Bill O'Reilly played clips of the president responding to various administration scandals. After the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, after the Benghazi disaster, after the IRS was used as an instrument of political intimidation, after the ObamaCare rollout debacle, the President assured us that he would "get to the bottom of this" and "hold people accountable". He comfortably played the role that was required at the time.

Then he endlessly stonewalled, held no high level officials accountable, and eventually said it was time to move past these "phony scandals." Scandals that he acted very concerned about had morphed into completely unimportant distractions.

His concern was an act, a lie. He does not need an investigation to know what he did on the night of September 11, 2012. He knows what orders he made and what orders he withheld. He knows what he discussed with Hillary Clinton in their 10 PM conversation. He knows why she used the video alibi immediately after the call. Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were still fighting for their lives at the time of the call. And he knows perfectly well that the IRS targeting of conservative was a partisan operation. He knows White House officials were involved in the operation and the cover-up.

There comes a point where abused people just get tired of the obvious lies. That may even be true of some in the mainstream media, a group deeply in love with Obama. They easily forgive him for any abuse of conservatives. In fact, they help him with that abuse. But some were unhappy when it was discovered that reporter's phone lines were being bugged by the administration. And more recently, a NY Times reporter admitted that this administration is "the most closed, control-freak administration I have ever covered." The abuser promised that it would be "the most open and transparent administration" ever. The media are now doing some honest reporting about the ObamaCare rollout disaster.

Another group that has been fully in love with Obama is the black community. But blacks have been disproportionately harmed by Obama's policies. PBS host and Obama supporter, Tavis Smiley, recently admitted the truth, saying,"The data is going to indicate, sadly, that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category." At some point, this group may realize that this man is not good for them. Reality may overpower the imagined significance of half-blackness.

I am seeing signs that a battered public is tired of the lies and tired of the economic destruction. It is becoming clear that their man is a liar unworthy of their trust. This is a very tough transition for people who thought they were in love and had high hopes for the relationship.

The implementation of ObamaCare is going to hurt a massive number of people. For many, it will be the end of the romance. If a significant number of those who thought they loved Obama become immune to his lies, then there is hope for the future.

Bryce Buchanan blogs at