The title of this article is likely one of the last things you’d imagine a person like me would say. As a conservative libertarian, many of Obama’s policies, actions and speeches while in office made me recoil in horror at the Orwellian neo-liberal state that he imagined for America.
After listening to the audio books Justice on Trial about the Kavanaugh confirmation fiasco, and The Case for Trump by Victor Davis Hanson, I’ve come to a realization: Obama’s polarization of politics, attitude and actions were likely the strongest factor in the election of Donald Trump.
With help from points made by Mr. Hanson in The Case for Trump, I’d like to outline just a few of the Obama administration’s actions that changed the views, perceptions and political trust of Americans toward the media and politicians; which changed how we will view both for likely a very long time.
First, for those of you who can remember (as the media dare not remind us), Obama campaigned as moderate, attempting to court voters from both sides of the aisle. In fact, if we look back to his campaign speeches he was stricter on illegal immigration than President Trump has been, deporting far more during his tenure.
It was only after his re-election that Obama made the drastic shift to uber-progressive, once he didn’t need votes anymore. And as he (and the DNC media complex) believed Hillary Clinton was a shoe-in to continue his legacy, he ruled by executive order rather than following the checks and balances set out as the proper blueprint for our government.
When he made the hyper-partisan push to the left, he proudly became the “divider in chief,” creating an identity-politics furor in our nation that caused greater division than we have seen in decades, thinking that he could use it to not only secure future wins for the DNC, but also to drastically change how our historically center-right majority nation thought, acted, and of course, voted.
From his HAMMER program that put the NSA to shame for the amount of private and financial information it stored on all Americans to the wire-tapping of 25 Associated Press journalists, jailing of other reporters and full-blown spy operation on CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson (her court case against his administration is still ongoing), Obama showed us the true Orwellian vision that the DNC had for America.
His signing on to the Paris Accord, which punished America (the world’s leader in reducing carbon emissions and pollution) but offered no punishment for China or India (the world leaders in pollution and emissions) showed just how far he was willing to go to punish America as a scapegoat for the world’s sins.
And of course the billions he gave Iran (which likely funded Al Quds and Hezbollah destabilization of our foreign policy around the globe) along with signing the terrible Iran deal with zero accountability showed that his imperial-style rule felt no need for permission to give massive amounts of cash to our greatest enemies, knowing full well what they were likely to do with it.
And while he thought Hillary would come into office to continue his policies and “sweep under the rug” his administration’s transgressions, it was his executive order style and hyper-partisan division that woke America to the game he was playing. It not only lost her and the democrats the house, but also likely lost Hillary the election even though it was “her turn.”
It was the rabid identity politics culture he created that led us to the Kavanaugh confirmation fiasco, with activists willing to lie and go to catastrophic levels of theatrics that showed America what his plan was truly driving us toward.
It was his rule by Executive Order that, while Hillary was “supposed to” leave alone, allowed President Trump to virtually undo most of Obama’s presidency.
It was his governmental overreach that woke America to the fact that many from the DNC were using 1984 as a roadmap, rather than a warning of what Big Brother could do.
It was he and Hillary’s Spy Gate that will likely effectively kill the DNC for the next few decades, if not generations.
It was his relentless climate change lecturing that showed us just how hypocritical he was in buying a $15mm ocean-front property in Martha’s Vineyard and another Australian Island “summer home.”
And, of course, it was his running as a moderate but drastic leap to the left that alerted America to the chameleon democrat politicians like he and Hillary, willing to say anything to get power and then do whatever they wanted when in office.
Although he certainly doesn’t want it, I feel all of America owes a debt of gratitude to Obama for his actions. For it was only through his craftiness, lies and anti-American sentiment that we were fortunate enough to understand what real change meant: taking a chance on a non-politician who actually loves this country.
Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), CMO of Heroes Media Group, entrepreneur, MBA and award-winning author of Love Me When I’m Gone: The True Story of Life, Love and Loss for A Green Beret In Post-9/11 War, The Pact and The Pact Book II: Battle Hymn of the Republic. Follow him @RobertPLewis on Twitter or on his RobertPatrickLewisAuthor Facebook page.