Yesterday, around the country, flags were flown at half-staff, a sad acknowledgement of the atrocities on 9/11/2001.
In preparation for the 15th anniversary, students at a California college put up signs, emblazoned with the motto “Never Forget.” At least one faculty member took it upon herself to rip the signage down. Perhaps believing in blowback, her excuse had something to do with the posters needing a stamp from authorities in a “free speech area.”
Hey, I believe 9/11 had something to do with blowback, too. But trying to squelch speech rather than add to it seems like the wrong way to go.
In any case, the history teacher saw no problem suppressing the motto “Never Forget,” as if she were not in the “never forget” business.
Then, yesterday, on 9/11, Hillary “Never Admit” Clinton fell into wooziness at a memorial service. She hurriedly left the madding crowd. Yet, somebody recorded her stumbling, her knees buckling, being physically helped into her van.
For months now, her “conspiracy theorist” political enemies have been speculating about her persistent coughing, apparent confusions, and maniacal laughing fits. Now incontrovertible proof that something was wrong.
After going dark for 90 minutes, her campaign issued a statement that Mrs. Clinton had become “overheated.” Hours later, her doctor announced she’d been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.
Was it bacterial? Chemical? Viral?
And it raises more questions than it answers.
On 9/11/2016, what became news was Hillary’s ill health. That news, at any rate, has gone viral. And will probably linger, adding yet another dimension to a strange presidential campaign year.
But, as the history teacher should have asked, are we learning anything?
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.