Robert Traynham

Robert Traynham

But according to all of the press reports and a recent poll, the media and this author care about transparency more than you do.

Following the recent health scare of Hillary Clinton last week that was captured on camera, a new survey reveals widespread concerns about her health among registered voters. To me, this is not surprising given her recent coughing fits over the an extended period of time and Donald Trump’s ascertain that she is not fit to be president.

The poll, taken just one day after the widely circulated video showing Clinton losing her balance and being helped into her waiting car by Secret Service agents, shows that eight in 10 said they have heard a lot or some about Clinton’s health concerns.

That’s a very high figure. For comparison, at its height, roughly nine in 10 said they had heard a lot or some about Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State and when Republicans made it a major campaign issue last year during the Benghazi hearings.

I understand that many Americans think that Clinton’s health in particular has become a political issue and to a certain degree Trump’s has not been covered with the same level of intensity. But my concern is actually bigger than that. As the only person who is elected by all of the people and who can make decisions unilaterally on behalf of all of us, I think the mental and physical background of our presidential candidates is important. If a president is taking medication that could alter his or her judgment I believe we should know about it. For example, when was the last time you took pain medication and read the warning that said, “do not operate any motor vehicles or make any legal decisions while taking this medication.” That disclaimer is written for your benefit while taking the medication, but what about for our benefit when the president is faced with nuclear threat or putting people in harm’s way?

I am not suggesting that the president does not get sick and that they should not take medication, I am simply suggesting that if a vice president had five hearts attacks (Dick Cheney) or a president with Addison’s disease (John F. Kennedy) had a illness that we did not know about prior to electing them to office, I think most Americans would be, and rightfully so, concerned about that and having a transparent look at a would-be president’s medical records should be fair game.

Follow Robert Traynham on Twitter @roberttraynham.

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