Running for president is stressful. Being the president is probably the most stressful job in the world. And yet, we do not have any qualifications for a “fit and healthy person” when it comes to filling that office.
Look at the two candidates that are running for it this time around. You’ve got Donald Trump, who will be the oldest president elected if he wins (he will be 70, and a few months older than Ronald Reagan was). And you’ve got Hillary Clinton, who’s right on his tail at being 69 on election day. Now, age is not a factor in health, I get it. My step-father just died less than a month ago at 101. And all but the last year, I’d say he was pretty damn healthy. But while most prior candidates have released documents showing their health in nauseating details, these two have balked at that. Why?
Well, Clinton and Trump have had their doctors issue letters saying they were healthy and fit to serve. While that’s nice, it doesn’t explain some things. For instance, what’s with Hillary’s coughing fits? What’s going on there? When you compare the cursory nod to health that these two have given us to John McCain’s thousand page document that showed he was fit, he was healthy, he was cancer-free, and he was in good shape, it’s almost embarrassing what these two are trying to get away with.
Let’s be clear about one thing. I’m NOT saying that either candidate is trying to hide something. I’m not trying to intimate that or claim that at all. I AM saying that there should be a panel of independent doctors, say two Republican doctors and two Democrat doctors that should do an independent examination of all candidates for office prior to them announcing. And it should be updated in nauseating detail every year. We have the ability to do this, why don’t we? After all, do we want a healthy president or doesn’t it matter?
There is no reason under the sun why someone that is running for the highest office in the world can’t submit to a complete physical that would be available for any person to view. Yes, I know that violates HIPPA, but it doesn’t matter. Have congress make an exception to that. IF you want the presidency that bad that you’re willing to spend two years of your life running for a four year job, and IF you are willing to bare your soul and all of the skeletons in your closet to close scrutiny, then why wouldn’t you be willing to take a physical for the good of the country?
Oh, you don’t have to change the constitution or anything like that. Just get congress to pass a law that says you are not able to get security clearance or Secret Service protection until you’ve undergone this procedure. At that point, you get your clean bill of health, and away you go. Best $500 we as a nation would ever spend!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!