The Founding Fathers never anticipated a population with a life expectancy of 70+ years. The average age of a politician in the early era of America,
was mid-40's; since that time it has hurtled upwards into the 60's. I'm not trying to knock on the elderly here, but the older you get, the less
in touch with the ever-changing world you become.
Indeed, the historical trend is undeniable: the average age of Congressmen has increased steadily over the centuries. In the early 1800s the average
Representative or Senator was in his mid-40s. Fast forward to today, when the average Senator is nearly twenty years older - at 62 - and the average
Representative is nearly 15 years older at 57.
Let's face it, the ridiculous notion of starting another Cold War, is largely due to the youth of the 50's/60's growing up into that worldview, and
now fill the Hall of Congress set in their ways.
We can see evidence of the out-of-touch politician in many ways, for instance: Hillary wondering if they meant wiping her hard-drive 'with a
Let us consider a more scientific argument of why there should be Age Limits on becoming a Congressperson.
The hippocampus, a region of the brain involved in the formation and retrieval of memories, often deteriorates with age.
Hormones and proteins that protect and repair brain cells and stimulate neural growth also decline with age.
Older people often experience decreased blood flow to the brain, which can impair memory and lead to changes in cognitive skills.
I believe Hillary has suffered greatly from aging, her hearings the number one argument she made was 'she didn't recall' or remember. She was very
close to becoming the next leader of the free world.
Of course, there is already Age Restrictions on politicians. You have to be 35 to be president, 30 for governor, 30 for senate, and 25 to be
representative. There is a reason for this, people need some experience and expertise before handling the machinations of governance. However, like
everyone, our minds go with age, and outdated worldviews from 50 years ago become the status quo.
It's time to place Age Limits on Congress. I believe retirement age is a good standard, we want are politicians not too old and not too young, we
want them in their prime. We need people in full capacity, not John McCains, we want people who still have a pulse on the current culture and global
No more Nancy Pelosis or Harry Reids please.