DOES AGE MATTER?
A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little expertise in the subject opined. Opposing views are welcome, but they are wrong. As always, please, no name calling…that means you, you big stupid head!
I will turn 70 in a few weeks. I retired 8 years ago. I sleep a lot, I play a little golf, bowl from time to time when the league needs a sub, practice guitar, read and write a little, watch TV, eat, and then sleep a lot. I do not miss work, I do not want to work; I doubt I am even qualified to be a Wal-Mart greeter.
Donald Trump will soon be 70. Hillary Clinton will soon be 69. Bernie Sanders is 74. Ted Cruz seems like he was born sometime after the Civil War. Why do these people want to be President Of the United States?
Why do people who are at an age when their peers grow more and more tired want to take on the most difficult job in the world. How are these people who are at an age where others lose stamina, concentration, and strength, the only candidates for a job that requires more stamina, strength and concentration than any other job in the world?
Why does anyone want this job? Why do senior citizens who have fame, money, and prestige want to suddenly take on the position of most powerful person in the world?
I don’t guess I could ever understand the answers to any of these questions. I longed for retirement and am very happy to do nothing. I do nothing very well. Nothing is what I do best. I do not think I would want to be the most powerful person in the world. Mind you, I am glad there are some people who want this job, even if they are older than dirt.
It just strikes me that for any other position in this country, persons over 65 would be ineligible.
An athlete is over the hill at 40. Policeman and fireman often retire at age 40 or 45. Most teachers retire at 50 or 60. Very few CEO’s of large corporations are over 60, and probably none are chosen for the position at such an advanced age. Seventy is the age that social security has the largest pay out. Seventy is the age that you have to start drawing from your 401K plans.
The President of the United States is a job that requires a person to be at the top of their game. No one is at the top of their game at seventy. I don’t want a seventy year old drilling my teeth. I don’t want a seventy year old in the operating room. Seventy year olds are not leading ladies or men in the acting world, no one wants to see a seventy year old stripper, and there are very few seventy year old coaches of major sports teams.
Seventy year olds have experience, they offer great advise, they have a world of knowledge…they are not at the top of their game.
I want a President who is at the top of his game, someone with strength, stamina and concentration, someone in good health who can be expected to stay in good health for at least four years.
We currently only have one such candidate, and he is immensely unlikable.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.