Politics is an unhealthy lifestyle


I’ve suffered pneumonia twice in the last four years, the first during a hospital stay in November and December 2012 following a near-fatal motorcycle crash and again last year.

Doctors say it is easier to come down with pneumonia after a serious bout like the one I had in 2012.

I’m  68, the same age as Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton, who finally admitted Sunday she has pneumonia and has cancelled a campaign trip to California and other events for the time being.

Doctors say pneumonia is serious but treatable if one does no ignore it.  I ignored my bout with pneumonia too long last year and narrowly avoided another stay in the hospital.  I did get pumped full of antibiotics and other supplements at the Carilion Emergency Room in Roanoke.

I would never compare myself to a Presidential candidate of any kind, especially one who has accomplished as much as Mrs. Clinton — a former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady.

Doctors do tell me that my lifestyle is “unusually active and aggressive” for someone my age.  Really? I do know a bit about the lifestyle of a President, having worked for one and dealt with others during 23 years in Washington.  Their level of stress and work schedules far surpass anything I or most others do each and every day.

Soldiers and sailors, of course, do far more and face more stress than Presidents during their terms in office.  So do first responders, law enforcement officers and emergency room personnel.

Most Presidents gray rapidly once they begin life in the Oval Office.  Look at pictures of Barack Obama today and compare them with his appearance on Inauguration Day in 2009.

Is Hillary Clinton up to the job?  Doctors quotes in various news stories today say pneumonia is serious but treatable and she should be able to return to “full function” shortly if pneumonia is all that is wrong with her.

In politics, “if” is a big word.  Neither Clinton or bombastic billionaire Donald Trump are transparent about their medical histories or other parts of their lives.  While concern now focuses on Clinton’s physical health, others worry about the mental state of Trump, whose statements and behavior often appear psychotic and unbalanced.

In the end, voters will have to make up their minds about the health — physical and mental — along with other factors that will help them determine who, if anyone, is worthy of their votes in this bizarre Presidential election.

May the best man — or woman — win.


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