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How old is too old to be president?
Richard Cohen writes in the Washington Post, “The joke among people my age is that every dinner party starts with an organ recital: Who’s lost a gall bladder, got a new kidney or maybe just replaced a knee? What’s the pain of the day, and who sleeps through the night? Charles de Gaulle said old age is a shipwreck, so the question for the United States is whether it should consider the age of likely presidential candidates who, statistics and experience tell us, stand a pretty good chance of foundering on the rocks of old age. I’m talking about Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.”
That brought me to thinking, something that is a rarity for me, but if we elect a person that is now nearing 80 and they serve for eight years, they could be approaching ninety by the end of their term. What I am trying to say is that we as voters should be aware of who is serving as vice president under that aging person because, statistically that person may not live long enough to serve out their term.
Joe Biden is now 76 and Bernie Sanders is 77 and it is two years until the next inauguration and if one of those two or any other person in their 70s get elected then our president could be in their late 80’s while still in office. And, according to Cohen, “That’s a shocking figure.” Donald Trump, our oldest president, was 70 when he took office. Then there is Jimmy Carter, who is going strong at 94, thirty-eight years after he left office.
There is no age limit to serve as president in the constitution. It does limit the lower end of the age scale and requires a person to be at least 35 to serve as president.
Another interesting remark by Cohen is: “Both men (Sanders and Biden) are now about the age when the indomitable Winston Churchill started to hit the wall. He was a mere 77 when King George VI thought of approaching him to suggest he step down. Churchill did not, until a stroke forced him to. The argument here, of course, is that neither Biden nor Sanders lives a Churchillian life – no cigars, no whiskey for breakfast. On the other hand, they are not nearly as articulate.”
Changing the subject to the Mueller Report. After $40 million dollars and a report that apparently clears President Trump of anything about the Russian intervention in the last election. But the Liberals are still beating the drums in an effort to keep our minds on some fairy tale instead of all the good improvements that have happen under Trump.
I think that the Democrats have come to realize that they can not win at the ballot box, so they want to change the rules including lowering the voting age, giving non citizens and illegal immigrants the right to vote, change the electoral college and pollute the Supreme Court. And, of course they want to take our guns away.
I really believe that the Democratic Party would like to keep you from a good paying job, just so that you are dependent upon the government for survival and that way they will keep getting elected and eroding our freedoms.
I have watched as the politicians in New York lead by AOC have turned away Amazon with 25,000 new jobs and even our new Governor was opposed to FoxConn coming to Wisconsin with the promise of many high paying jobs. Even a newly elected Democrat state representative is attacking the turkey industry in Barron County.
Get involved; if you don’t someone else will and you may not like the outcome.
Thanks for reading! ~Carlton