Is it time for younger politicians in the US? 19 replies

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Relander

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#1 12 years ago

What I have noticed is that a big majority of the US "heavy-weight" politicians are quite old. Senator John Kerry is 63 years old. Vice president Dick Cheney 65 years, Senate Minority Leader of the Democrats Harry Reid 67 years, President George W. Bush 60 years and Senator John McCain is 70 years old. Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld is even 76 years old!

What do you think, should the US politics get younger, even more dynamic politicians such as Condoleezza Rice into high positions? What is the reason that there are so many old politicians around? Discuss.




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#2 12 years ago

Age doesn't matter. It is only beliefs which matter to me. If I find someone I agree with I will vote for them, if not, I won't.

No vote from me.




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#3 12 years ago

The problem with younger politicians is that they don't have as much experience as people who have been in the field for 30, 40, or even 50 years. Age does not have much of an impact in local politics. You don't need experience since it more like a true democracy.

Yes, some younger people have good ideas. They just have not seen or participated enough in politics.




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#4 12 years ago

I think that there should be younger politicians in all areas. The idea that you need to be 60 before your smart enough to make good decisions is utter bollocks. Thousands of poor and idiotic decisions have been made by old politicians, regardless of their 'experience'. Here, I'm part of a team gearing up for a Vote16 campaign, and I hope to have young people running for a quarter local body elections seats. This will be a build up for the general election.

Young people have not been corrupted by the toxicity of the system, and have ideas and vibrancy that can't be matched by some geriatric.




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#5 12 years ago

The problem with older politicians is that as they have been so long in politics, they may have become stubborn with their long-held ideas that may not fit well into the present day society, even be obsolete and can't be dynamic. They may not understand the issues of present day, especially not the ones concerning young people. Furthermore, it seems a little bit ankward that a man who speaks about brighter future or how he will lead the country into new era, is over 60, even 70 years old.




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#6 12 years ago
RelanderThe problem with older politicians is that as they have been so long in politics, they may have become stubborn with their long-held ideas that may not fit well into the present day society, even be obsolete and can't be dynamic.

Not so. Politicians in my experience can still be dynamic at an older age. You can't just generalise an entire majority like that. Can't is a big word. Older politicians can and do change their ideas, to relevant and 'dynamic' ones.

Plus, a man of any age can still lead a country to a new era, a brighter tomorrow. Whether they be twenty or eighty, it doesn't matter. Age should not be of concern. Policy, drive, belief and integrity should.




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#7 12 years ago
Fire LegionNot so. Politicians in my experience can still be dynamic at an older age. You can't just generalise an entire majority like that. Can't is a big word. Older politicians can and do change their ideas, to relevant and 'dynamic' ones.

That is why I said "may have". Seems that I should have said "maybe can't be dynamic", but I didn't think that some people could take it in a wrong way.

Plus, a man of any age can still lead a country to a new era, a brighter tomorrow. Whether they be twenty or eighty, it doesn't matter. Age should not be of concern. Policy, drive, belief and integrity should.

I find it sarcastic, even some ways hypocritical that a 70 year-old man talks about "leading the nation into new era" or "new ideas" when he has spent most of his life in different political environment and his mileage may be over in a couple of months. At least for me, it isn't that convincing or safe.

Besides, you missed the point: it's not because the politicians are old, but as they are old, they may have outdated ideas, may not comprehend with the issues of present day and may not be dynamic. I think this applies to most of the old politicians. Furthermore, does it encourage younger people to enter into politics & try to succeed if they have to wait for 30-40 years before they "have enough experience"?




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#8 12 years ago

Age is not a factor. If a person can help run a country, whatever their age, they should all be cast in the same light.




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#9 12 years ago
RelanderThat is why I said "may have". Seems that I should have said "maybe can't be dynamic", but I didn't think that some people could take it in a wrong way.[/quote] Perhaps I misinterpreted you there. You didn't make your views clear enough for me.
RelanderI find it sarcastic, even some ways hypocritical that a 70 year-old man talks about "leading the nation into new era" or "new ideas" when he has spent most of his life in different political environment and his mileage may be over in a couple of months. At least for me, it isn't that convincing or safe. Besides, you missed the point: it's not because the politicians are old, but as they are old, they may have outdated ideas, may not comprehend with the issues of present day and may not be dynamic. I think this applies to most of the old politicians.
People adapt and change to new political climates. So do politicians. I know this is about the US, but here in the UK, the only major party proposing different and new ideas are the Liberal Democrats, led by an 'Old man'. It is not hypocritical for an older person to want change. Many do, not just politicians. People's ideas and values change with events. In time I'm sure mine will have. [quote=Relander]Furthermore, does it encourage younger people to enter into politics & try to succeed if they have to wait for 30-40 years before they "have enough experience".

I agree. Young and old politicians should have equal oppertunities. What I'm saying is that we don't need any 'great movement' which favours young over old.




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#10 12 years ago
Fire LegionYoung and old politicians should have equal oppertunities. What I'm saying is that we don't need any 'great movement' which favours young over old.

Then we are in agreement.

But what do you other people think about the issue? Are your country's politicians generally old, young or made up of mixed ages?




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