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Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment, goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed.

Abraham Lincoln, 21 August 1858.

It’s as true when you are discussing healthcare and the economy as when you are discussing warfare–or even when you are leading troops in same.