I just passed my 76th year on this earth and my age is showing more and more as each day passes. I know my cognition is becoming more difficult for me. Where I used to write a post here on RJsCorner in10-15 minutes it now sometimes takes an hour. I am physically stumbling more now. I have to accept it that these types of things will be getting even more difficult as I approach four score years (that’s eighty for your info).
President Biden is now over 80 and if he runs for office again he will be heading toward his mid-80s. The video above shows him stumbling up steps, so I kinda think he is about where I will in a couple of years. And then there is Trump. He was not fit for office thirty years ago, let alone two years from now. If, God forbid, by some fluke the MAGA folks manage to put him in office again, he will be approaching his eightieth year. I’m hoping he will finally be in jail by the next presidential election, but given our times, you never know.
Finally, to the point of this post,
It scares me that our country, (and the world, if we still have enough respect by then) will depend on people like me for our existence!
Even though I now reside in a retirement community and am within minutes of medical help I could still die of a heart attack before anyone would find me and it would surprise no one. I know that won’t happen to the president as he has very qualified doctors follow him around 24/7. But, given the extreme partisanship that we now face, it seems almost impossible for anyone to declare a president incompetent. That scares me more. I’m not even sure I should be in charge of my checking account when I am in my 80s, let alone the world! I, too often, can’t even remember to “zip up” after my frequent visits to the bathroom. I wonder if Biden has someone to check if he is zipped up? I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a “zipper checker”. I can’t imagine anyone giving me, or anyone my age, control of the nuclear codes!
I kinda think neither of these guys should occupy the Oval Office in their 80s, but the lust for power likely overwhelms that rational realization.
I hope that the young people in this country, that is those who think that anyone over 60 is old, can somehow take control of things before this coming presidential election. But, even more so, I hope that they find someone among them who is competent enough to keep us out of our constant wars and such that questionable presidents tend to get us in.
What happened to passing the reigns to the next generation? That was such a noble idea that has been usurped by the addicted groping for power. At the time, we just didn’t seem to understand that we now have this radical right Supreme Court that will be around for decades because of Ginsburg trying to hold on to power as long as possible. Will we never learn our lessons in governing, and passing the torch again?
Let’s close out this post before I run out of breath. Maybe I shouldn’t worry about all this stuff, as it won’t be too long before I forget that it is even happening. But, I will leave you with some words of wisdom while I still have them.
There has never been a more urgent time to turn things over to the next generation
We Baby Boomers have had it for much too long already. To everyone less than 50, get off your butt and take control. This is your time to walk the walk. I don’t know how you will accomplish that, but that is not up to me…