Can pneumonia kill a campaign?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gets into a van as she leaves an apartment building Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. Clinton's campaign said the Democratic presidential nominee left the 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York early after feeling overheated. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gets into a van as she leaves an apartment building Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pneumonia is a serious disease.

If ignored, it can kill you.

If treated properly you can, and should, recover fully and go on about your life.

I know.  I suffered pneumonia following a life-threatening motorcycle crash in 2012.  It hampered my recovery following two weeks in intensive care and during the two months in the hospital.

I came down with pneumonia again last year and had to slow down but with antibiotics and other treatment I’m back to 50-60 hours a week working as a contract reporter and photographer for BH Media and publishing this web site, among other projects that fill my days, weeks, months and years.

And I’m 68, the same age as Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Clinton slumped and had to be helped by Secret Service agents during her attendance Sunday at a 9/11 Memorial in New York City.  Some time later — too much time says the media and campaign watchers — her campaign admitted she was suffering from pneumonia.

Bombastic Republican Presidential wannabe Donald Trump and his bagman, former New York Mayor Rudi Guiliani, have spread fears and controversies about Clinton’s “hidden ” illness along with claims that she is, medically, not up to the job.

Trump is 70 and, if elected, will be the oldest man or woman ever to win a first term as President.  He also is less than candid about his health.  His only claim to a healthy life is a hastily scribbled note from a doctor that, like all things Trump, is long on hyperbole and short on details or fact.

Trump, as a all know from endless photo ops, loves junk food, particular the fatty kinds from McDonalds.  There are also worrisome question about his mental capabilities.

But he hasn’t “got faint” or passed out in front of voters or the press.  Some wish he would drop to the floor and not get up but that is a bitter wish to use on anyone, even a dehumanized candidate like Donald Trump.

If pneumonia is the only thing inflicting Hillary Clinton, then she should be able to resume a full campaign schedule shortly.  But “if” is a big word in politics and no one ever feels like they are getting a full story from those who want to represent any of us.

Polls say both Clinton and Trump are distrusted by most voters.  Most Americans apparently feel Trump is a bit more dishonest but it is a sad time when the only two people that either party can offer to lead America are so distrusted by most.

Before we learned about Clinton’s illness Sunday, our choice for President boiled down to “which one is less dishonest. ”

Now we may have to make a decision not only on level of dishonesty but also medically.

In asking Hillary Clinton if she is “medically fit to be President,” we are usually referring to her physical condition.

When we ask the same question of Donald Trump, our concern is more about whether or not he is mentally fit.

The basic question remains:  “Do we want a psycho as President?”


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