Joe Biden shows why politicians need age limits

Does it really shock anyone to learn that 88-year-old veteran US Senator Dianne Feinstein is showing signs of dementia?

I brace myself for angry emails from readers who still have landlines, dial-up modems, and AOL addresses when I make this argument: We’re long overdue for age limits for our legislators.

Commercial airline pilots must retire at the age of 65. Air traffic controllers must retire at the age of 56.

Yet we have a 79-year-old in the White House who thinks on any given day that his VP is his wife, or that his wife is his sister and his sister is the first lady, or that Michelle Obama is the vice president, or that Barack Obama is Donald Trump and vice versa.

So easy to confuse the latter two, isn’t it?

When asked how he would handle a falling out with his current vice president, Kamala Harris, Joe told CNN, “I’m going to develop a disease and I’m going to say I have to step down.”

Wonder where he got that idea from?

A recent Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 48% of Americans are concerned about Biden’s mental health.

The same is true of some of its own staff, who are either muting or shutting down its live press conferences, according to a September 2021 Politico report — so alarmed are they by the inevitable next corruption or false claim or unthought-of or near-disastrous foreign policy bungle.

President Joe Biden
President Biden is 79 years old.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
In 2020, The New Yorker reported that Senator Dianne Feinstein, 88, was experiencing problems with her memory.

This is not a new problem. Strom Thurmond retired at the age of 100, his full lunch break on Capitol Hill an open secret. At the end of his second term, Ronald Reagan fell asleep at cabinet meetings and was so distracted that his aides discussed the 25th Amendment with Reagan’s chief of staff.

Four years before a stroke forced his resignation in 1975, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas considered retiring because, as he wrote to a friend, “my ideas stray far from current trends.”

Imagine. The confidence of knowing one is aging—negated by a cowardly desire for power.

“The judiciary,” wrote Judge Richard A. Posner, “is the nation’s primary geriatric occupation.”

Congress is right there with them. Among our biggest public health crises today is Big Tech, which intentionally corrodes and addicts our youngest and most vulnerable — not to mention supporting dictators, spreading all manner of misinformation, meddling in wars and elections, and colonizing of space.

Strom Thurmond
Strom Thurmond was 100 years old when he retired from the Senate.
Associated Press

Who really thinks a group of 70- and 80-year-olds — led by Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell, Pat Leahy, Jim Inhofe and Richard Shelby — is best equipped to do this?

Pelosi, Grassley and Shelby are fast approaching the age of 90. It’s already enough. It is neither healthy nor fair to the generations behind them for the nation to remain in these arthritic clutches.

“I see people in the US Congress that have been there for 20, 30, 40 years,” Barack Obama said in 2017. “And because they’re still there, they’re blocking the 25-, 30-, 35-year-old, which is more of its time and could be more innovative and creative [in] to solve the problems we face today, not the problems we faced 35 years ago.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
According to a YouGov poll, 58 percent of Americans support age limits for politicians.

Back in 2020, The New Yorker reported that Dianne Feinstein was “seriously struggling with her memory” – for years.

That article opened with Feinstein posing a long, detailed question to then-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at a Senate hearing, in which she quoted from one of President Trump’s tweets. Dorsey answered — and Feinstein then asked him the exact same question again, literally, as if it were the first time.

Today’s article in the San Francisco Chronicle is alarming only in that several people — Democratic colleagues and Feinstein’s own associates — are now going public. And they do without the usual duplicity and politeness. “It’s bad,” said one Democratic senator of Feinstein’s forgetfulness, “and it’s getting worse.”

A January YouGov poll shows that 58% of Americans want an age limit for elected officials – mandatory retirement at age 70. If something like this happened now, 71% of US Senators would be out of work.

At least they would have their dignity. On the other hand, that has never counted for much in our national politics.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/14/joe-biden-shows-why-politicians-need-age-limits/ Joe Biden shows why politicians need age limits


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