WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY TO CURING THE BODY, AND WE HAVE GONE BACK EVEN FURTHER IN CURING THE BODY POLTITIC. THE NEW ELECTION SLOGAN -MAKE AMERICA SICK AGAIN, LIKE WE USED TO BE BEFORE PENICILLIN AND ASPRO.
Before modern science came to reveal the secrets of medicine, people believed that health was determined by God or their stars, or the day they were born, by fate and by the power of crytals and jewels and bright light and the seaons-aka “spring fever”- and ions and the powerful ether that could get rid of the bad blood and in leaches as blood suckers and other sacred monkeys and bats and in the breath and in enablers and floozies and quizlings and sacrificing vestal virgins and scientists from the CDC and Los Vegas gamblers and Florida beach goers and Georgia governors and toilet cleaner and toilet rolls and purel and the moral code- “who has sinned because he is born blind?” they asked Jesus, and “who did he vote for? asked his Pontiff in DC,
And then, there was a shift that moved the determination of health from superstition to actual data from the body like blood pressure and pulse and blood tests and lung capacity- and they even stole fresh bodies from graves to do primitive post mortems and that was a crime back then,
And all this has taken us to cure polio and HIV and TB and even closer and closer to the cure for cancer but…..
As far as the health of the body politic, we are sadly no closer to a cure for stupidity or for superstition or blind faith in God or miracles, or assuming arrogance of an exodus deity who thinks he can twitch his fingers and send the plague and frogs and boils and avenging angels, and disinfectant and sun lamps and daily mouth to mouth suffocation called press conferences.
Doctors take an oath to do no harm, so what oath do politicians take- yes yes, uphold and defend the constitution but it used to be said of a healthy person, she has a good constituion- I would say we are sick, sicker than the VIRUS can make us because Some other disease is spreading, not by coughing but by lying about the lies you lied about- Unhealthy lies the head of state lying in the sun and drinking disinfectant. If that would make him come clean, by all means but as one judge said, the greatest disinfectant is the sunlight of truth. Was it Brandeis?
“If the broad light of day could be let in upon men’s actions, it would purify them as the sun disinfects.”