There should be an age limit on when people can no longer serve in Congress. I don’t like having to say it, but it’s necessary.
There’s a reason why you have to be a particular age to run for Congress and another age to run for President. You must have some life experience in the actual world. I honestly believe that Congress’s minimum age should be increased by another five years.
However, no one ever discusses people’s mental degeneration as they grow older. They also don’t discuss how disconnected they become from the real world after around two decades in Washington, D.C. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I can’t stop thinking about Rep. Ted Poe’s inquiry to Google CEO Sundar Pichai regarding whether or not Google is aware of his movements across the room.
Pichai gave the proper answer to the question but this man has no idea how the internet or how his phone works so he gets frustrated over Pichai’s answer. But the explanation is that he just doesn’t understand how the thing works.
That being said, several Democrats have said that one of their own members is in a severe cognitive decline and is suffering from memory loss. They want her gone before her term is up in 2024. You know it must be bad if her own party is wanting her to leave.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle,
When a California Democrat in Congress recently engaged in an extended conversation with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, they prepared for a rigorous policy discussion like those they’d had with her many times over the last 15 years.
Instead, the lawmaker said, they had to reintroduce themselves to Feinstein multiple times during an interaction that lasted several hours.
Rather than delve into policy, Feinstein, 88, repeated the same small-talk questions, like asking the lawmaker what mattered to voters in their district, they said, with no apparent recognition the two had already had a similar conversation.
The episode was so unnerving that the lawmaker — who spoke to The Chronicle on condition they not be identified because of the sensitivity of the topic — began raising concerns with colleagues to see if some kind of intervention to persuade Feinstein to retire was possible. Feinstein’s term runs through the end of 2024. The conversation occurred several weeks before the death of her husband in February.
“I have worked with her for a long time and long enough to know what she was like just a few years ago: always in command, always in charge, on top of the details, basically couldn’t resist a conversation where she was driving some bill or some idea. All of that is gone,” the lawmaker said. “She was an intellectual and political force not that long ago, and that’s why my encounter with her was so jarring. Because there was just no trace of that.”
For goodness sakes, she’s 88 years old. Retire and let someone who actually knows what’s going on in society do some good. I say that, but they’ll likely just elect another Democrat to replace her, so it really doesn’t make much of a difference to us.