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US politicians are too old and the short-term philosophy this encourages creates a vicious circle that is dooming the country

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When conservative organization Students for Trump posted a video in which House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler (D-New York) appeared to have soiled himself on live TV, even conservative media hesitated to pick it up, and quite a few Twitter users shamed the organization for mocking the 73-year-old, 15-term congressman. Even in 2020’s hyper-partisan climate, some thought it beyond the pale to make fun of an old man for apparently losing control of his bowels. And Nadler is actually youthful and vibrant compared to many of his colleagues.

Jerry Nadler ”Swalwelled” himself pic.twitter.com/s1L2Dsculf

California Senator Dianne Feinstein, for example, is 87 years old. When a Politico piece recently referred to the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee as “frail” and admitted she occasionally seemed confused during press conferences, it was notable mostly for the rarity of that kind of criticism. The oldest member of the Senate, Feinstein should probably have retired long ago, but that same advice could be given to any of the senior members of both houses of Congress. Most have reached an age where one typically spends time playing golf or bridge and enjoying visits with the grandkids, not making laws that affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people.

Democrats aren’t the only party led by particularly elderly people, of course. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is 78 but sometimes seems even older, with the turtle-like pace at which he brings legislation to the floor matched only by his turtle-like visage and mannerisms. And 87-year-old Alaska Republican Don Young is the oldest member of the House, as well as its longest-serving member with 24 terms in office.

Thus, while it’s easy........

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