I was talking to someone the other day, and he said that "old people have ruined this country."
He went on to say that:
"just like there's a minimum age to vote, there should be a maximum."
His argument was that people over...let's say 85, really aren't voting for what's best for the future of our Country. Nor will they be around to live with the repercussions of such voting. As people age, their judgment deteriorates...and can their vote really be counted (such as those under 18). AND, as times change, people don't (as much). He thinks 'old folks' are a hindrance to progressive/forward movement of the human race...and like with other animals (and humans of civilizations past) should simply leave the tribe to go die quietly, and not burden us with their high end-of-life healthcare costs, and dealing with sorting thru their dementia as they continue to vote into place outdated concepts.
(Keep in mind, I'm in California where the whole gay-marriage thing is in the forefront of politics right now...and young people seem to feel that 'eventually same-sex marriages will exist' because *really* most people don't care one way or another....
...but that's a topic for another thread).
So...what do you guys think? Is he right, should great-grandma be banned from the polls?!
There are a lot of people out there voting who do not have such great judgment. I looked into this when my dad was diagnosed with dementia, and it seems that they will let pretty much anyone vote. I suppose that is one of the weaknesses of our democratic system of government.
Maximum age to vote?!? Absolutely not! My husband's 92-year-old grandfather still has all his faculties. He works out at a gym 3x a week, this summer he is flying out of state to visit family, he is an avid gardener, still drives, and reads the newspaper every day! He probably knows more about current affairs than most people my age!