Football, socialism and dreaming…

Workout notes: I had to fill in for my department chair, so I had a late start to my workout. Bodyweight (home scale): 187.5

Weights only:
pull ups: 3 sets of 10, with rotator cuff recoveries.
bench press: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 1 x 195, 4 x 180 (rotator cuff recoveries)
dumbbell bench press: 10 x 70
incline press: 10 x 135
pull ups: 2 more sets of 10, and 2 more sets of 5 (60 total)
military press: 2 sets of 10 with 45 (dumbbell, standing)
military press: 10 x 100 each arm (200 total), machine
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 (machine)
pull downs: 2 sets of 10 x 160 regular machine, 10 x 150 alternate machine.

I am looking forward to being able to do 200 in the bench press again. The 195 was done strongly, but not easily.

I had a discussion with a good friend last night; she is a Republican and has been one all of her life. She doesn’t like her slate of Presidential candidates, AT ALL. She is really tired of the pandering to the social conservatives; she wants a “fiscally conservative, socially liberal” party. So I talked a little bit about us and mentioned that many of my friends are really high on Senator Bernie Sanders and thought that he could win nationally, she broke into laughter.

I don’t blame her; I see Sen. Sanders as being roughly the analogue of Ted Cruz for Republicans: popular among the base, with next to 0 chance nationally.

Oh, you can talk about his being a sour old man (“a sourpuss who never smiles” as one current politician told me) but the man isn’t even a Democrat; he is a self proclaimed socialist.
Now you might say: “hey wait, don’t you LIKE socialist ideas such as social security, Medicare for all (single payer), tuition free public universities and the like?”

Sure. And yes, these are smart, socialist ideas. But that term is, at the present time, a death sentence for a political candidate who hopes to win nationally.

As to why, I have a guess.

I see the United States as a country of dreamers. A national socialist agenda basically says that…well, that the vast majority of Americans are rather average people.
Of course, that is true on statistical grounds, but try getting *ANYONE* to admit that.

As John Steinback once said:

“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

(remember this was said when a million dollars was a lot of money for a family to have)

Or Jack Nicholson’s character in the movie Reds said: (2:00 to 2:25)

Yes, I wasn’t immune to the dream either. I remember my early high school days when I played football at a small school in Japan..varsity as a sophomore…yes, baby, I was NFL bound!

Then we moved to Texas…and in the first off season workout..I ended up nauseated and throwing up. Oh man…at this level..when I moved up to the varsity as a senior..I routinely got my ass kicked.

Real athletes: well, the look like this, and I never saw that when I looked in the mirror.

But even afterward..I thought “these coaches didn’t appreciate my abilities”. True, those coaches WERE dumb and the team I played on as a senior pretty much sucked and I should have played more. But those destined to higher levels of athletics…well, they were superior to me in just about every way, by a lot. Any scout could have told you that. Some of the time I did hold my own against those who got junior college offers..but that was about it.

Dreams die hard, and a mass acceptance of mediocrity, no matter how much it reflects reality, isn’t going to happen in the United States, at least in the near future.


July 17, 2015 - Posted by | 2016, politics, politics/social, social/political, weight training | , , ,

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