If it wasn't for Obama's ambitious agenda of radical, in-your-face socialist, statist 'change,' I think it would have literally been a decade or two before folks would have been awakened; since prior to Obama, a slow incrementalism, steady-as-she-goes march toward socialism was the order of the day. We would have been as sleeping insects on a spider's web, being slowly yet firmly entangled in the web of socialism until it was too late to crawl out of it.
Obama's ambitious agenda, while damaging, hasn't yet taken its full toll, and in my estimation, the leftward list can still be corrected, and the ship can be now be righted before any permanent damage takes hold.
As Nazi Germany most likely would had never been vanquished had the Japanese not attacked Pearl Harbor, I believe that the decades-long onerous march toward socialism and statism will never have been slowed had Obama not been elected.
Rahm Emanuel once quipped that a 'good crisis' should never go to waste.
That phrase came as a warning shot across the bow of a complacent, sleepy American electorate. The American people wisely heeded Emanuel's advice; took note of the impending crisis of their loss of liberties and encroachment of the State, and in the form of Tea Partys, Washington protests, and heretofore unheard-of electoral victories in special elections, have since seized the opportunity to stop the march of socialism dead in its tracks, and are in the process of giving it a swift kick to the rear of the bus for what should be a long time to come.
In this sense, and in this sense only, I believe that we may actually owe Barack Hussein Obama (mm..mm..mm.. pbuh) a debt of gratitude.