Thursday, July 2, 2015

Three days, three thoughts in July .... No. 2

When does old = too old?

I have opinions (you may have observed) and many of them are politically incorrect. So, why not? Here is another.

It seems to me many of the current candidates to become president of the United States are too old to undertake the stress and the strain of such a monumental task. Personally, and in a very general sense, I think no one who would be over age sixty when he or she takes office should be in the race. A year here or a year there might or might not make a difference some of the time or even most of the time, but I think it is a valid point to consider.

Here are some examples of candidates and potential candidates and the age they would be at the time they take office in 2017:

On the Republican Party side, Mike Huckabee, 61; Ben Carson, 65; Donald Trump, 70; Lindsey Graham, 61; Rick Perry, 66; Carly Fiorina, 62; George Pataki, 71; Jeb Bush, 63; John Kasich, 64.

On the Democratic Party side, Lincoln Chafee, 63; Hillary Clinton, 69; Jim Webb, 70; Bernie Sanders, 75; Joe Biden, 74.

If I have forgotten anyone in this age category, well, tough ....

That said (to sound like a politician), I consider myself to be well-mannered and polite, but, as I implied in the beginning, political correctness means nothing to me. This is especially true when it defies common sense. It is time to advise these individuals -- respectfully, of course -- to go home and write their memoirs and accept the fact that their time has come and gone in terms of being able to excel in the role of president of the United States.

Really, to be running for president at their age, these guys simply are too full of themselves to be concerned about the rest of us.

My own notion, in a politically incorrect manner of thought, is that age fifty to sixty would be the right combination of many factors to include physical strength and intellectual peak and emotional balance to handle the most challenging job on the face of the earth.

As a final word, after having watched the masquerade of Barack Obama during the past seven years, I would also suggest all the mirrors in the White House be removed so that the next president spends his or her time confronting the challenges at hand rather that practicing his or her smile in the looking glass while whispering, "Mirror, mirror on the wall" ....

Did you notice? Even Jimmy Carter gives the "man who would be king" a failing grade in foreign affairs. Whoops .... my apologies to James Bond .... strike that .... I mean to Sean Connery, for the film allusion ....

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