Should there be an age limit to congressional office similar to the age limit for military officers?
No, a lot of our oldest congress members have the most experience and are able to work better with other members. Also, older congressmen can be really great at providing historical perspective.
If you think a certain congress member has outdated ideas, it's your responsibility to vote and to educated people in your state.
Fundamentally I agree with you, however; I believe we need a super majority of the electorate for term limits not to apply. Expanding the days we can can vote and how we can vote are steps we can take to bring more people to the polls.
Until then, I think something has to change. Too many of our "representatives" make a career out of reelection or they become lobbyists (i.e.: Eric Cantor).
As a side note, I really hope you didn't get that picture of a polar bear down in a Florida zoo?
I agree that early voting should be expanded. It makes me sad that a lot of states have limited early voting times and days in the last several years. I took the polar bear picture at the Cincinnati Zoo. :)
I think several long term congressmen are still really sharp and capable. I don't think being old or serving for a long time should necessarily be a disqualifying factor. I think new people in Congress can be too inexperienced to get things done.
Your thinking of a congress that isn't ruled by money and lobbyists. We unfortunately don't have that anymore. Now politicians spend the first 6 months trying to do what they believe to be right, then they either get bought out or start the
reelection campaign. Its truly pathetic that we have hundreds of career politicians. Federal public office wasn't meant to become a full time job.
Yes, it's absurd to see so many members of congress voting on issues they clearly don't understand because of generational gaps (SOPA, PIPA, Net Neutrality all leap to mind) and others who are just straight up senile (Pat Roberts & Charlie Rangel)
There is no age limit for SCOTUS. They are appointed for life and not even subject to being reelected.
This should change. I don't care if it's 25 years even ... There should be a limit.
A competency limit at least
Get them the f*+# out of there. ; )
That is a great idea.
I would more support term limits than age limits. I don't know that there is an arbitrary age when everyone just loses it. Some people stay mentally sharp into their 80's while others get early-onset dementia in their 60's.
Agreed. Term limits, not age limits.
While I agree with you about mental capacity failing at different ages, the military only allows someone to serve until the age of 68 and that requires presidential approval (mostly). So they are forcing someone out who might still be mentally fit.
Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.. Louise Slaughter is running for her 15th term and she's in her 80's. If that doesn't scare you. Strom Thurmond was in his 90's when he left office. I mean damn. Senility starts to set in at one point. YES
Do you know the retirement age limits for military officers? In the vast majority of cases it either time in service or rank...up or out. So you are asking a question where people don't know or understand the possible answer. Way to go
It's more about the spirit of an age limit than an actual number. Here is the information about the military retirement age and time limits. dopma-ropma.rand.org/retirement-for-years-of-service.html
It's Congress: you CLEARLY don't have to be old to be senile.
Yes. My state will vote an incumbent in over and over till they drop dead regardless of their record.
I don't think you need an age limit because not every 80 year old is the idiot this guy is. We check them for fitness every two years. Apparently there are enough people who support him to keep voting for him. No idea why.
For a long time I agreed with you. I'm of the belief now though that we need term(and probably age) limits to help prevent making a career out of seeking reelection.
As a point of note I have yet to vote for an incumbent. I don't approve of any from this state.
I can see term limits for senators, but it ought to be really easy to get rid of representatives. I know it isn't though. Mine is horrible, and we (they) keep reelecting him, probably because he is one of the few electable Republicans in the state.
If agree to term limits, but not age limits.