Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law

GERONTOCRACY?; 09/24/2019

Is there anyone else concerned by the fact that all four of the leading candidates to be President of the United States in 2021 – Trump, Biden, Sanders and Warren – are each over 70 years old?!  Or that the Speaker of the House, is 79 and  the Senate Majority Leader, is 77?!  Realistically, how can any of these political leaders have the foggiest idea what is really going on in our country? How long has it been since any of them had to worry about paying for braces, or for college tuition, or for car repairs? What do they know of job insecurity or mounting payable medical bllls?

All evidence shows that the presidency, in particular, is a demanding mental and physical position.None of our recent presidents have left office without visible evidence of the strain of that position And all of them, with the exception of President Reagan (who was actually suffering from early dementia when he left office) were significantly younger that the current front runners. Yet, no one is talking about age as a real issue!

I am 70 – will be 71 in October – and I am not near as sharp as I was 15 or 20 years ago. Can’t concentrate as long, need more rest, absorb complicated information less readily, etc. Would I want me as president at this time in my life? Absolutely not.

Maybe Trump, et al, are extraordinary and their age does not adversely affect them. Maybe they take careful steps to conceal any age deficiencies. I am certain they all have full medical clearances – for someone their age. But, how will they respond in the middle of the next Cuban Missile Crisis, or 9/11?

I make no judgment about any of  their ability to perform the duties of President of the United States.But, it IS an issue that should be addressed, debated and considered by US, the voters.


Gerontocracy – a state, society or group governed by old people.

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