I don’t make a habit of defending Hillary Clinton, but I’ll have to make an exception here. The other day, Breitbart Radio commentator Alex Marlowe made the statement that Clinton “dishonored” a 9/11 ceremony by leaving early due to an illness (which was later disclosed as pneumonia). I was completely taken aback by that ignorant remark. Excuse me, Mr. Marlowe, but I don’t think getting sick is a choice. So how, pray tell, was Clinton dishonoring anything? I think most people are like me – they never want to get sick. To me, a bad day at work is better than a good day the hospital, or sick in bed. And this issue is personal to me. Although my health is pretty good now, I’ve been sick a lot in my, starting at a very young age.
If there was one thing that angered me more than anything else, it was when people – including my own pastor – would try to imply that I really didn’t mind being sick. I guess some of them felt like I was hiding behind various illnesses to get out of homework, chores, and highly demanding projects at work. But just the opposite was true. I would often go to school or work even when I was terribly ill. I would do that because I believed the optics would have looked bad if I had stayed home, i.e. like I was trying to dodge something. I had such a disgust for being sick that I would have been willing to do something immoral, unethical, or illegal, if it would have made me well. Therefore, I have no tolerance for people – usually those who have been lucky enough to have good health most of their life – who point the finger of blame at those who are sick, as if they chose to be in such a condition.