Republicans have been kind of ridiculous recently. We were crazy to try and defund Obamacare when clearly it was going to work in every way possible, and in our stubbornness we contributed to the government shutdown that lasted over two weeks.

The time has come to move past all the rancor and partisanship, and it’s time we showed some gratitude to President Barack Obama. So, I’ve compiled a list of some examples of Obama’s leadership for which Republicans–nay, all Americans–should be thankful:
1. You reminded us that we should never believe something that sounds too good to be true, again and again and again and again

2. You showed us finally and irrefutably that Liberalism is an ideology of hatred, intimidation and ultimately, failure.

3. You promised that we wouldn’t see a tax increase – not one dime. Well, maybe several thousand dimes

4. You proved to us once and for all that the priorities of the American people,Faith, Family, and Freedom, are entirely secondary to to the Democrat party agenda.

5. Because the phone number to the Obamacare Hotline is 1-800-3(F) (1) 8(U) 2(C) 5(K) 9(Y) 6(O). Serously. 1-800-F**K-YOU. Thanks, Barry.

6. Because your minions like Senator Harry Reid, when asked to save one child from cancer, replied “Why would we want to do that?”

7. Because of you, the Middle East, which was a tinderbox when you took office is now an inferno, consumed by the “Arab Spring” which you foolishly encouraged, leading to domination of Tunisia, Yemen, Libya, and Egypt by terrorist groups, and civil wars in Libya and Syria, leading to what many experts on the Middle East now refer to as the “Islamist Winter“, with over 150,000 dead across the Arab world.

8. You have once and for all, redefined the term “Red Line“.

9. No one else is as good as you when it comes to deploying vast armies of straw men.

10. Because even though no one asked for it, no one wanted it and no one still likes it three years after the fact, you pushed past our obstinate objections and imposed Obamacare.

11. Because even though you and your Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, insisted that Obamacare was not just the best solution to America’s healthcare problem but also the ONLY solution; your nearly $200 million website for crashed for the first few weeks of enrollment and never quite recovered, and instead of enrolling 500,000 people as you planned, you enrolled… 26,794.
On a positive note, without you, we also wouldn’t have the Tea Party, or Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul or Mike Lee. For all these things and more… thank you, President Obama. You have indeed “fundamentally transformed America” into a more polarized, more partisan, more uncertain place.

Most of all, America is thankful that less than 1,200 days remain of your presidency.


Vladimir Davidiuk | University of St. Thomas | @VladDavidiuk