For those of you curious about where my posts have been lately, I unfortunately suffered a concussion after slipping on black ice on the steps of a rental house we were staying in over Spring Break. To add insult to injury, a member of the rescue squad sent to help me fell on the same ice and careened down the stairs landing on me.
To say I’ve been in a fog for the past couple of weeks would be an understatement.
That’s why I’ve had to confirm with family and friends that things I think I’m seeing aren’t just my muddled brain playing tricks on me.
So last week, as I lay in my sick bed, I had to ask if indeed that was President Barack Obama seated between two ferns in a Funny or Die video with Hangover star, Zack Galifianakis, peddling Obamacare in a comedy skit.
Honestly, I hated to even ask because I feared it suggested that perhaps I’d suffered some irreparable brain damage as a result of the fall. To see the sitting POTUS looking like he was a beauty expert hawking age defying moisturizer on a Sunday morning paid infomercial seemed too ridiculous to be real.
Imagine my surprise when it all turned out to be true.
With the March 31st enrollment deadline looming, the Obama Administration is clearly doing everything short of an Oval Office address where the president grovels and begs to get the young people who so overwhelmingly supported him for president to buy the health insurance product necessary to prevent the weight of the Affordable Care Act from imploding in on itself.
Meanwhile, polls suggest that many of these very enthusiastic young voters who propelled Obama into office are not quite as enthralled with him as they used to be. It would appear that many of them feel they’ve been the victims of the old bait and switch. When casting their votes, somehow it escaped their notice that the president expected them to pay for all the “hope and change” he was touting. Turns out they were all for Obama’s agenda provided someone else was paying for it.
Welcome to the real world.
Something similar is happening in New York City these days.
Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on a platform of sticking it to the rich fat cats and helping those least able to help themselves.
So what is his first big bold act as mayor (aside from ending carriage rides through Central Park)?
Well, just ask the mostly underprivileged and minority kids who attend the city’s charter schools. Based on his actions, Mayor De Blasio would like nothing more than to close their schools and send these kids back to substandard schools in order to please his friends in the teacher’s union.
For those parents of these kids who voted for De Blasio, how many of them now wish they could have their vote back?
It’s truly disturbing how many people cast their votes these days more on what they perceive as popular and cool than on what they truly believe is best for themselves and society in general.
Hopefully, these examples of low information voting coming back to bite the voter will serve as a wake-up call to everyone casting a ballot in future elections.
Otherwise, we should all expect to see more strange disconnects between who we vote for and what happens so that it won’t be long before we all begin to suspect we’ve suffered a blow to the head.