As America becomes ever more divided and people increasingly doubt the decisions of elderly politicos in D.C., they are sounding off over whether the reins of power should be handed over to a younger generation of leaders.
Fox News spoke to a number of Washington, D.C. residents on the issue of whether it is time to make room for younger, fresher faces who are more in sync with mainstream America to lead the nation as it grapples with crushing inflation, soaring prices, and the threat of war. The interviewees widely ranged in age and circumstance.
“We need some fresh blood in there that understands how the people are living now in the United States,” a woman named Shanna candidly told Fox News. “The people who are ruling this country have no clue how I live – as a single mother – paycheck to paycheck.”
President Joe Biden is the oldest commander-in-chief ever elected to office and it shows in every action he takes. He is frail, shaky, and seems to have major issues with memory.
If he were reelected in 2024, Biden would be 82 years old. Former President Donald Trump was 70 years old when he was inaugurated and held the title of oldest president at the time. The chief difference is that Trump is still spry and full of energy with his mental capabilities intact.
“Currently, the person in the position has a lot of background in politics, and so he does have some ideas of how to work things,” another woman named Olivia told Fox News when she was questioned on the topic. “At the same time, you kinda wanna have somebody new in there during the next term just because of age being a factor.”
“You want them to be able to do their job and not have any issues with memory,” she pointed out.
Yes. Politics was never meant to be a career. 2 terms is enough. Also a ban on joining Lobbyists groups post political service. Eliminate pay for service. A mental and physical exam should be mandatory.
— Michael Bradford (@The_MD_Bradford) June 16, 2022
“We need some fresh ideas, we need term limits, we need people who really live an American lifestyle,” another constituent named Vicky contended.
“They don’t understand how real Americans live,” she astutely charged. “They’ve never done it, so they can’t even relate to their own constituents.”
There were those, however, who contended having elderly leaders has its benefits.
“Age gives most people wisdom. And with wisdom, of course, experience,” Estela told Fox News.
How about term limits for members of the House and Senate?
— Anthony Laurie (@AnthonyALaurie) June 16, 2022
The average age of senators is 64 according to the Congressional Research Service. The Census Bureau has estimated that the median age of the U.S. was just over 38 in 2020 which arguably amounts to a chasm in representation.
The age of leaders in Congress, in general, is shockingly old and many feel leaders are now well past their sell-by date. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is 82, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is 71, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is 80. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is a youngish 57.
Unfortunately, many times in D.C., age not only comes with a crafty version of wisdom but an intractable layer of corruption. And then there is the issue of younger politicos such as The Squad who are Marxists and embody everything that is un-American.
The question seems to be more about character than age, but most who were interviewed seem to believe that overstaying your welcome in the halls of power should be addressed.
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