Politicians and the Problems of Age

Politicians and the Problems of Age

By Noel S. Williams

Increased age heightens the risk of developing dementia. Dementia heightens the risk of slips, trips, and falls, resulting in physical incapacitation. Stumbling, bumbling seniors who are physically and mentally incapacitated should probably not serve – serve – as elected leaders.

A centerpiece of Nikki Haley’s rationale for her candidacy for president is that we need a new generation of leadership. Some agree with her call for mental competency tests for politicians over age 75. Some disagree, including, naturally, the American Association of Retired People. The AARP asserts that it should be unacceptable to discriminate based on age. However, age is sometimes a bona-fide occupational consideration for politicians.

Elected leaders need to show up, or at least be available. They need to vote; they need to visit constituents; they need to have stamina, and engage for long periods; they need to be able to concentrate, and to debate vigorously; they need to think clearly, free of brain fog. In short, to hold public office requires vigor, and a candidate must, at a bare minimum, be ambulatory.

Discrimination has a bad name, but sometimes it’s necessary – not based on a candidate’s sex, race, ethnicity, religion, orientation, or whatnot. That’s forbidden, but discriminating tastes and choices concerning someone’s age, which demonstrably affects one’s abilities, can be a legitimate way to identify candidates with marginal mental competence, or dementia. With dementia, the risks of injury from falling increases, something our senior politicians do a lot.

Studies indicate that persons with Alzheimer’s have gait and balance deficits. The National Health Service in the U.K. also documents that people with dementia are at greater risk of falling down because they, “are more likely to experience problems with mobility, balance and muscle weakness.” Unfortunately, our geriatric leaders are at greater risk of not remaining upright.

For example, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell just experienced another fall, resulting in his hospitalization. The octogenarian also took a spill in 2019, fracturing his shoulder. He seems to not only teeter politically, but his physical balance is untrustworthy. Perhaps he’s having difficulty finding his wobbly way around. Time for a mental competency test?

How about Bernie Sanders? His physical agility and balance is suspect, considering that he banged his head in a hotel shower, resulting in a nasty noggin gash. Other examples incude senators Angus King and Bob Casey.

Given Sanders’ blubbering performance on Bill Maher’s show, including his embarrassing failure to make a basic distinction between equality and equity – he, of all people, should know that – surely it’s not ageist to recommend a competency test. He meets the risk prerequisites: age, forgetfulness, and a balance deficit (fiscal and physical) forewarn an onset of dementia.

Patrick Leahy is another senator who may experience risk factors associated with dementia, including mobility, balance, and reaction time. All must have been absent when he fell and broke his hip, requiring surgery. Leahy is eighty-two years old, and the permanent politician is finally retiring.

Falls account for the vast majority of emergency room visits by older adults. Since the aged are more prone to falling as a result of dementia, it’s not ageist, at least not in a negative way, to politely guide them towards the cognitive testing center. Or, they can conveniently take the test online.

Feinstein doesn’t show up much at all, and is also prone to fall, as well as other age-related morbidities. She’s ranked fourth in the following table that shows the top ten most absent senators (missed votes) in 2022, along with their age (only two are under the full retirement age for most people.

Old white men - just what the dems claim they want to get rid of . :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Simply put there should be term limits 8 years at MOST !
No one over the age of 72 should be allowed to run .
Legalize bribery needs to END - fucking LOBBIST BANNED .
Any politician that abandons their oath must be impeached - supporting illegals , insider trading , and disrespecting our flag or National anthem .
All campaigns need to be limited to $250,000 , who the fuck spends millions to get a job the pays $190,000 ???


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It would prevent individuals from donating 400 million to influence the outcome of an election like the 2020 election.
No investigations, and no one cares.

p.s. It’s all about power. Obama a mere 500K i assets before going to DC has a et worth over 70 million today.

A former federal election official on Thursday called the $400 million-plus that Mark Zuckerberg spent to help finance local elections a “carefully orchestrated attempt” to influence the 2020 vote — and recommended that all states ban private funding of election offices.

Hans von Spakovsky, a former Federal Election Commission member, said the billionaire Facebook founder’s donations to a pair of nonprofits that doled out the cash to nearly 2,500 counties in 49 states “violated fundamental principles of equal treatment of voters since it may have led to unequal opportunities to vote in different areas of a state.”

“My reaction is that this was a carefully orchestrated attempt to convert official government election offices into get-out-the-vote operations for one political party and to insert political operatives into election offices in order to influence and manipulate the outcome of the election,” said von Spakovsky, a Republican who now runs the Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative.

“All states should ban private funding of government election offices no matter the source.”

The Post’s publication of a report that said Zuckerberg effectively “bought” the 2020 election also sparked outrage from the New York State Republican Party, which retweeted a link to the paper’s front-page coverage.

“Zuckerberg spent $419 MILLION trying to infiltrate a private takeover of our elections through ideological non-profits designed to turn out the Dem vote in 2020. All while silencing Republican voices. (including the NYGOP) We MUST rein in big tech NOW,” the state GOP tweeted.


How many Senators and Congressmen enjoy extravagant vacations on the Blackstone group , Oracle , Koch industries , Soros fund , FTXUS , Chevron , and the other oil companies that donate over $150,000,000 to these turds !!!

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