27 Feb

Have you ever noticed how almost every politician these days begins every speech with, ” This is the greatest country in the history of the world.” Or “I’m proud to be a citizen of the greatest country on Earth.” Or, This great country of ours has the finest citizens and the best system of government in the world.”

And then they proceed to tell us everything that is wrong with the United States and how everything about it needs to be changed and how all of their opponents are NOT any of those finest citizens that they had mention the U.S. was full of. How can something so great require so much change?

Then of course every politician makes sure to end every speech with “God bless America!” I guess as though the greatest country and its people still need more blessings?

According to National Geographic, during the bubonic plague of AD 590,  Pope Gregory I ordered unceasing prayer for divine intercession including the immediate blessing of anyone who sneezed, since sneezing was often the first sign that someone was falling ill with the plague.” So saying the blessing, “God bless you”, became a common effort to try to halt the disease. But In some other cultures, sneezing is seen as a sign of good fortune or God’s beneficence and so they have alternative responses when someone sneezes.  For example, the German word Gesundheit, which simply means “health”.

So I propose that rather than finishing each speech with “God Bless America” as though we, the citizens of America listening to them are possibly diseased and need to get better, all politicians should end their speeches with the more simple “Gesundheit America”, as in, ” Now that I’m finished, You’re all blessed to be as healthy as you were before I started spouting all of this crap that I just made you listen to!”

Just another idea…

4 Responses to “Gesundheit!”

  1. February 27, 2015 at 4:00 am #

    in yiddish gesundheit apparently means health too..until just now , i always thought it was good health…my grandmother would say : gehe gusund dehay & com shrie gesund dehay..go in good health & come back in good health

  2. alesiablogs February 28, 2015 at 2:27 am #

    You are so right about how politicians give a speech. Why can’t they just act normal? And start out saying something like, ” damn people we need to do something about getting along better..”

  3. RantingCrossin February 28, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    I don’t like the way that if one says something bad about our country, all of a sudden we are being unpatriotic. We are NOT the greatest country in the world. If we were, we would have basic healthcare for ALL, better rankings in education, equal pay for equal work, living wages, paid sick and maternity leave for all, non-militarized police forces, etc. We ARE a good country that is trying to do good. We have a system that allows us to push ourselves to be greater.

    • gpicone March 2, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

      I agree and I hope we do push are selves to be greater and more fair in dealing with one another.

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