Julian Assange today began releasing to the public the first batch of US State Department correspondence between Hilary Clinton and her staff. Assange pointed to one especially troubling series concerning Clinton's mental health from 2011.
Assange pointed out that in August 2011, one of Clinton's staffers sent her a medical concerning something called decision fatigue, and expressed concerns about Clinton's health.
"Wow, that is eerily descriptive." Mrs. Clinton replied.
Assange noted that the article claimed that persons in positions of power could experience this alleged syndrome, which made them "reckless, act impulsively, and cause ordinary people to lash out at colleagues." Clinton is of course well-known for her terrible temper. But the e-mails go on to include one from October 2011, by her senior advisor Jacob Sullivan. Sullivan sent Clinton about a drug called Provigil, which is used to treat people suffering neurological conditions like Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Syndrome, Narcolepsy, and Multiple Sclerosis.
This correspondence, Assange further pointed out, occurred prior to her 2012 head injury.
What is especially troubling about this story are two things. First, these concerns about Hilary Clinton's mental state are not coming from her enemies, but from her closest advisors and colleagues. Despite some of the rhetorical jibes coming from the Republican side, this illustrates that concerns about Mrs. Clinton's mental health are indeed legitimate.
The second troubling aspect to this story is that we also know now that Clinton's health have been known to top Democratic Party officials now for at least five years. It is grossly irresponsible of the Democratic leadership to conceal this type. The American electorate have a perfect right to be informed of a potentially debilitating condition in a presidential candidate. If it can proven to the public's satisfaction that the condition is not debilitating, then so be it; but we are owed the opportunity to make that decision.
These issues by themselves might not disqualify Clinton as a president alone; but combined with her policy decisions as Secretary of State that created global chaos; her mishandling of sensitive information; suspicious deaths around her enemies; numerous financial and political scandals---these factors combined lead one to suspect, at least, that her mental state does in fact have a bearing on her ability to serve as president.
This story, though, like others surrounding Clinton, will no doubt be buried by the Corporate Media. Americans seem to prefer to want to live in denial about how bad both leading candidates truly are. The 2016 Elections, more than previous ones, are proving just how badly flawed our electoral process has truly become. The system itself is in need of serious reform.
But given the corruption of our Postmodern culture such reforms are unlikely to occur. Hilary Clinton, unfortunately, is a symbol of what American culture has become: emotionally unstable, irresponsible, and violent. Donald Trump too represents another aspect of the culture: its thuggishness and superficiality. Until we as a society began to change, we cannot expect that our leaders will be any different than what they represent.