Here are five things Washington could learn from the Red Bull Give Me Five motocross event.
Amidst the turmoil of the government shutdown, Red Bull Give Me Five went off without a hitch this weekend, and did so spectacularly. Motocross races were raced and high fives were fived to the champion, Ryan Dungey.
In these confusing times in America, the well executed Give Me Five competition offered a moment of clarity. The big wigs in D.C. might just learn a thing or two from the event. Correction, make that five:
1. It unites bipartisan leaders (the AMA and GP, in this case) on the same platform.
The obvious key to resolving any conflict between two parties is putting the powers that be in the same place and laying everything out on the table. At Red Bull Give Me Five, that’s what's happening all day long. You can’t not settle your differences.
2. Five racers for five laps at a time equals a forum for brisk and heated debate that results in one clear winner.
At the end of the day, there is only one winner. No talks of compromise or votes or political bargain; we have a champion and all must oblige his victory.
3. The common people have a say, as well. They mainly say, “Give me five” to Ryan Dungey. He abides.
The voice of the common man is heard at GMF. No bureaucratic red tape, no painfully long filibusters or other much ado about nothings. Put yourself out there, and you will be acknowledged. With a high five. From Ryan Dungey.
4. Marvin Musquin will go on a scrubbing rampage until all matters are resolved.
At Give Me Five, the men of power are men of great passion. They will not slow down for an outing on their yacht or a vacation out in the woods until every issue has been tackled and resolved. What’s more, they will hit the problem head on, and scrub the shit out of it.
5. If all else fails and your furloughed from work, you can walk out and go live in Spain. It’s nice there.
Give Me Five took place in Spain. Judging from the photos, the countryside's beautiful there. Might as well not get paid out there.
And that, friends, is how you run a damn country.
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