Today, November 14th 2013, was a banner day in terms of energy put into my workout. It started out normal enough but my energy output soon exceeded all previous levels of maximum output.
Why you ask? There I was happily listening to my music and enjoying my time on the elliptical machine, warming up for my lifting when whose face should pop up on one of the bank of TV’s in the cardio area? It was Nancy Pelosi. She was announcing what the President was going to say in a later speech regarding proposed changes to Obamacare to aid those who have had their insurance policies cancelled in spite of the fact they were promised that they could keep their plans repeatedly (approximately 30 times in speeches given by the President). During her prepared remarks, she ventured off topic (not off script) to include her plans to have some meetings to see what could be done to aid the Philippines after that immensely powerful typhoon hit just last week. She added remarks about how much America appreciates the veterans from the Philippines and the contributions they’ve made to our country.
At that point I could feel heat start at the base of my spine and run right up my backbone to my head. You see, I’m a writer. Not necessarily a good one but I sure understand the craft. I know that when speeches like this are given, every word is in place for a reason. It’s carefully constructed to present information to the public in a particular way. Images are invoked to stir passions in a certain direction.
Nancy Pelosi (and her speech writers) know that Obamacare is a disaster in terms of how it rolled out and they are concerned that the problems with the website are creating a delay which will give even more of the population time to consider if this is actually the way we want to go with our healthcare system. They know that when people become frustrated with the ridiculous sign up process (and the surprising cost of the plans for many who thought they were going to get something for free) they will begin to question the whole thing so Nancy’s writers created a speech in which they attempted to portray a caring and compassionate leadership that understands the plight of those who find themselves on the losing end of this healthcare deal. She positioned herself as their advocate and the administration as savior.
Then, in order to cement the imagery of the administration as the helpful savior of the people, her writers linked her remarks on healthcare to her desire to stem the suffering of the people in the Philippines and then went further to link it all with her love and appreciation for our veterans (many Filipinos fought under the American flag in WWII and we have plenty of current military members who trace their ancestry back to the Philippines).
I wanted to scream…right there on the elliptical machine! What a load of hogwash. Politicians will use anything and everything to manipulate their listeners including tapping into the deep, patriotic spirit that runs through so many American citizens. It makes me sick to watch them try to use the very real gratitude extended to our veterans for their own ends.
Remember, just a while ago we had the government shutdown and the administration she represents instructed the park service to drag barriers over and surround the open air monuments honoring World War II veterans and Vietnam veterans to keep them from getting close to them. They did this knowing full well that groups of 90 plus year old World War II veterans were coming for long-planned visits to these monuments. During that SAME TIME she hosted a rally for a group representing illegal immigrants on that “closed” national mall. During her opening remarks there she thanked the President for allowing the rally to go on. No visits for our vets who sacrificed so greatly to build a country that people the world over want to come to…but sure, hundreds of folks who have cut in line, circumventing American law and those who go through proper channels…they can have their rally. Not only can they have the rally, Nancy Pelosi will speak at that rally. I will NEVER forget that so listening to her evoke appreciation for our veterans in her presentation was positively infuriating.
Yes, I was infuriated…and the good side of that is that I was able to generate all kinds of extra energy for my cardio session. Had I been on solid ground, I would have been on top of a fourteener by the time I was done!
After finishing my cardio I hopped off the machine and headed over to the weight area. My intention was to train hamstrings and calves and my first stop was a hamstring machine. I was sitting there getting ready to go and looked to my left. MOTHER OF GOD! It was him! It was the sandy-haired, blue-eyed 30-something year old man wearing his shirt with the Communist star on it. Mind you, I was already hot under the collar from being abraded by Nancy Pelosi’s nonsense and here was this moron who loves to strut around the gym in either his Chairman Mao, or Communist star shirt.
(In case you don’t know Chairman Mao’s Great Leap Forward ended in absolute catastrophe resulting in the deaths of 18 million-45 million people. The Great Leap Forward motivated one of the most terrible mass killings in all of human history)
I had to ask God for serenity.
I didn’t quite get there. I still had all manner of less-than-serene thoughts running through my mind but I very successfully channeled some of my disgust into my training. Red hot internal temperature goes a long way to power big lifts.
Give me a few more days in the gym like today and soon I’ll be looking like this!