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A Lie When the Truth Would Do

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It started with a cough.  Then the cough became more persistent and was noticed.  When the media asked about her health, they were dismissively told to “Get a life!”

On a beautiful sunny New York day with temperatures in the 70s, she left an event early.  She was overheated they said.

Then the video, taken by an unnoticed bystander, surfaced.  A clearly unwell candidate collapsing as aides helped her into a van leaving a shoe in the street during the process.

This all forced the Hillary Clinton Campaign to do the one thing they did not want to do.  Something they instinctively avoid.  Tell the truth.

Even well-known Democrat David Axelrod, President Obama’s former advisor and Chief of Staff, tweeted, “Antibiotics can take care of pneumonia. What’s the cure for an unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems?”  He was referring to the seemingly ingrained propensity for the Clinton’s and their sycophants to hide the truth even when the truth would not harm them.

I understand why they don’t want us to know about her involvement in the disasterous troop withdrawals in Libya, why she allowed Americans to die in Benghazi without sending any help, why she lied to the families of those brave dead Americans, why she hid her emails in her basement, why she had her server “bleached” so the American people  wouldn’t know the truth about her Foundation’s pay to play program, but couldn’t she have been honest to us just this once?     

You see, they had known she had pneumonia for several days.  They knew the media was curious.  They knew the American People deserved to know the facts about the health of a person who could be the President of the United States.  Yet, as they always do, they dismissed and ignored questions, stalled, delayed and, finally, they lied.  On the previous Friday, when she was diagnosed, they could have simply said that she was ill with pneumonia and was being treated and would be on the campaign trail again in a few days.  Hillary could have gotten a “sympathy” bump in the polls.  But instead her campaign did what they always do.

Perhaps pneumonia can explain her quote at a Barbra Streisand hosted event when she famously called half of Republican Presidential candidate Donald  Trump’s supporters  a “basket of deplorables” and the other half “are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re in a dead end.”

The question I have heard no one ask her is this: You claim you will be Obama’s third term, what responsibility do you share for creating the feelings of these hardworking Americans who see the elite left has targeted them. Americans who feel “progressives” are busy dividing our nation along religious, gender and economic lines.  Americans who go to work every day to pay their bills and their taxes so that “progressives” like you can dole their hard-earned money out to your “victim” class friends.  Americans who want their children to do better but know that the trillions of dollars your party has borrowed will be paid by future generations.  Americans who see that their opinions are held in contempt by the very President who has thrown our borders and our wallets open to people who want to harm us.  Americans you call deplorables.

Why should we trust you? And could we have the truth this time?

Gary Gillen owns and operates Gillen Pest Control in Richmond.  He is the only person in history to have served on both the Richmond City Commission and the Rosenberg City Council.  He was the Chairman of the Republican Party of Fort Bend County 2006-2007. He can be reached at Gary@GaryGillen.com

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