Anyone with an aging parent who refuses to turn over the keys to their car car knows how sad it is when their parent, the person who has always been their “boss,” is no longer able to drive the car because of their failing health or cognitive abilities.
America is in the same position.
We have a large group of nursing home residents who have the keys to the country and won’t stop driving. Because there are no tests – no criteria regarding health or brain activity – to remain an elected official, they continue on their merry way into their 80’s and 90’s, not wanting to give up the power and wealth that the job has brought to them and their families.
We have seen in (spectacular fashion), and on a weekly basis, President Biden’s failing health and cognitive ability. Last week, we also witnessed problems with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and wheelchair-bound Democrat California Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Biden, McConnell and Feinstein. 80, 90, and 81-years-old respectively.
And if former President Donald Trump, who is currently 77-years-old, wins the presidency in 2024, he’d be almost 83-years-old in the last year of his term as president. Who knows what his health and mental ability will be by then. Yes, some people do age better than others – but do we REALLY want to take that risk?
Because of the ages Biden and Trump, who will most likely be the two yahoos running in the 2024 presidential election, everyone who is voting really has to take a good look at their vice presidential nominees because chances are, that is the person who will likely complete the remaining term of the Biden or Trump presidency. That means either President Harris – or some yet-to-be-named Trump replacement.
Presidential candidate Republican Nikki Haley has been suggesting that a mental competency test is needed for politicians over 75 and also for term limits. Most Americans would probably agree with her.
The Pew Research Center did a study on the age of Congress and found that the median age of voting House lawmakers is 57.9 years old and the new Senate’s median age, on the other hand, is 65.3 years old. They also have a chart that shows there are 99 members of the House and Senate who are 70 to 79 years old and 35 who are 80-years-old and older.
In May, a poll by ABC News and the Washington Post showed that 68 percent of respondents (more than 2/3) said Biden is too old to serve a second term as president.
So while age is just a number, those numbers seem to be astronomically high among the top elected officials in the country and it’s something that everyone (except the politicians themselves) seem to want changed.