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I wish they had set the age from 35 to 65 in the constitution for (Original Post) CK_John Dec 2016 OP
In those days they had no idea treestar Dec 2016 #1
Take a look at age at death of marybourg Dec 2016 #8
I don't think they had the idea of being "too old" treestar Dec 2016 #26
Not really. former9thward Dec 2016 #15
Why? ZoomBubba Dec 2016 #2
I wish it weren't so hard to change amendments set in place by men wearing powdered wigs! dubyadiprecession Dec 2016 #3
Yes, nothing protects civil liberties like a document that's easy to change. hughee99 Dec 2016 #6
My bad. Instead of saying hard, i should have said Impossible. dubyadiprecession Dec 2016 #11
Its not impossible. former9thward Dec 2016 #17
I agree philosslayer Dec 2016 #12
As were Aristophanes, Aristotle, and Plato who also rationalized slavery and misogyny. LanternWaste Dec 2016 #32
Interestingly enough, the thoughts can exist in one mind at the same time. NCTraveler Dec 2016 #33
You are abysmally ignorant of US history if you think the framers of the Constitution were fundies Hekate Dec 2016 #20
Bravo! Good post! Kilgore Dec 2016 #29
In 200 years, history will look at those who supported marriage between a man and women yeoman6987 Dec 2016 #28
The 3/5 clause was changed Jose Garcia Dec 2016 #30
14 or fight braddy Dec 2016 #4
Of the 4 "major" candidates in the last election, Gary Johnson would have been the only one hughee99 Dec 2016 #5
Maybe he might make the debates then. CK_John Dec 2016 #7
So you didn't support Hillary Clinton OR Bernie Sanders? philosslayer Dec 2016 #9
You are making a wrong conclusion. CK_John Dec 2016 #10
Since you didn't bother to explain your reasoning, you can understand why. brooklynite Dec 2016 #13
It would avoid trying to change the constitution in today's world. CK_John Dec 2016 #16
No shit. If Clinton and Sanders weren't running there would have been... NCTraveler Dec 2016 #14
You keep harping on this "October surprise topic" but I don't recall CK_John Dec 2016 #18
How many posts equates to harping? NCTraveler Dec 2016 #19
Do you take part in the "Automation Denier" poll, sorry it has timed out. CK_John Dec 2016 #21
No. I was laughing too hard. NCTraveler Dec 2016 #23
If that had been the case in the UK... LeftishBrit Dec 2016 #22
It would have also eliminated a lot of US presidents Retrograde Dec 2016 #24
What? SickOfTheOnePct Dec 2016 #25
Sorry, caffiene hasn't kicked in yet Retrograde Dec 2016 #27
Been there on the caffiene front! n/t SickOfTheOnePct Dec 2016 #34
What objective belief leads you to wish as such? LanternWaste Dec 2016 #31

treestar

(82,383 posts)
26. I don't think they had the idea of being "too old"
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 02:55 PM
Dec 2016

like we do now, which I guess is what is behind the OP.

Reagan did get Alzheimers during his term.

former9thward

(32,415 posts)
15. Not really.
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 01:29 PM
Dec 2016

In those days if you made it to 20, past the killer childhood diseases of the time, you could roughly expect to live to the age a 20 year old in 2016 can expect to live.

ZoomBubba

(289 posts)
2. Why?
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 12:06 PM
Dec 2016

A lot of people aren't able to take part in public service until they retire. Most of us under 65 have full-time jobs and families that don't really allow time or money for all the work that goes into a campaign.

dubyadiprecession

(5,853 posts)
3. I wish it weren't so hard to change amendments set in place by men wearing powdered wigs!
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 12:14 PM
Dec 2016

That is the nicest thing i can think to say about them! Poor people, women, indians and even black human beings counted as 3/5th a person had fewer rights or no rights, than these rich white assholes! They held the bible so dear, i hope they got what they deserved, burning in hell for all eternity!


former9thward

(32,415 posts)
17. Its not impossible.
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 01:34 PM
Dec 2016

There have been 33 amendments submitted by Congress to the states and 27 have been ratified. The people that wrote the Constitution wanted it to be hard to change unless there was a broad national consensus. That meant stability rather than the chaos they saw in Europe. That is a good thing not a bad thing.

 

LanternWaste

(37,748 posts)
32. As were Aristophanes, Aristotle, and Plato who also rationalized slavery and misogyny.
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 04:07 PM
Dec 2016

As were Aristophanes, Aristotle, and Plato who also rationalized slavery and misogyny.

I realize the convenience and mental simplicity denial of cultural and historical context allows the undisciplined mind, but it is actually necessary for rational thought. However, I dare not come between a poster and his closely-cherished bumper-sticker.

 

NCTraveler

(30,481 posts)
33. Interestingly enough, the thoughts can exist in one mind at the same time.
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 04:11 PM
Dec 2016

Though I would hate to come between a poster and their absolute thoughts.

Hekate

(91,744 posts)
20. You are abysmally ignorant of US history if you think the framers of the Constitution were fundies
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 01:49 PM
Dec 2016

Last edited Tue Dec 13, 2016, 03:35 PM - Edit history (1)

....of the modern ilk. They would have drawn back in disgust from today's Bible-thumpers.

Some were devout Christians, but others were Deists and agnostics. They were, to use a long popular phrase, Sons of the Enlightenment. References to "the Creator" were not to Jesus per se, but to a more general being, such as a divine clockmaker who wound up the universe and departed to let it run itself. They believed in human free will, intelligence, and education.

They were men of their time in sometimes regrettable ways, but they wrote documents that changed the way the world thought about individual freedom, and a Constitution and Bill of Rights that have been copied the world over whenever people have endeavored to found new nations.

Those documents are alive, and able to change as we change. I believe that. If it were not so, women would still have fewer rights than children and the mentally defective, and African Americans would still be enslaved.

 

yeoman6987

(14,449 posts)
28. In 200 years, history will look at those who supported marriage between a man and women
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 03:11 PM
Dec 2016

as absolutely horrible. And that will include both party members who didn't evolve until later.

 

braddy

(3,585 posts)
4. 14 or fight
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 12:24 PM
Dec 2016


"The first bill Sally introduces is a constitutional amendment to lower the age requirements for national political office—to 14, and "Fourteen or Fight!" enters a new phase. A joint session of Congress is called, and the Troopers (by now joined by Fergus' son Jimmy, played by Michael Margotta) swing the vote their way by spiking the Washington water supply with LSD, and providing all the senators and representatives with teenaged escorts.
As teens either take over or threaten the reins of government, the "Old Guard" (those over 40) turn to Max to run for president, and assert his (their) control over the changing tide. Max again agrees, running as a Republican to his chagrin, but once in office, he turns the tide on his older supporters. Thirty becomes a mandatory retirement age, while those over 35 are rounded up, sent to "re-education camps", and permanently dosed on LSD."

hughee99

(16,113 posts)
5. Of the 4 "major" candidates in the last election, Gary Johnson would have been the only one
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 12:26 PM
Dec 2016

in that range.

 

NCTraveler

(30,481 posts)
14. No shit. If Clinton and Sanders weren't running there would have been...
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 01:10 PM
Dec 2016

bigly talk about autonomous vehicles. Might have even been an October surprise on that topic. Instead we were stuck with two people so old that they are still getting use to the thought of a navigation system.

CK_John

(10,005 posts)
18. You keep harping on this "October surprise topic" but I don't recall
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 01:40 PM
Dec 2016

it. I said that people didn't pay any attention until around Oct 13. So if you have a personal beef just spit it out.

 

NCTraveler

(30,481 posts)
19. How many posts equates to harping?
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 01:42 PM
Dec 2016

I think I have laughed at the thought three times in the last couple of days. I mean, it's funny as shit. Why not?

 

NCTraveler

(30,481 posts)
23. No. I was laughing too hard.
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 02:02 PM
Dec 2016

How many comments does one little lady get before you consider it "harping"?

I think people who want to limit participation should go pound sand.

LeftishBrit

(41,247 posts)
22. If that had been the case in the UK...
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 01:59 PM
Dec 2016

Churchill could not have been our Prime Minister during WW2.

Mandela could not have been president of South Africa under that rule.

I think the better approach might be to find a better way of dealing with the temporary or permanent succession if the president becomes ill.

Retrograde

(10,245 posts)
24. It would have also eliminated a lot of US presidents
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 02:16 PM
Dec 2016

Obama, Kennedy, Lincoln, T. Roosevelt - even Washington. IIRC, the only US presidents to have qualified under this proposal would have been Reagan and if-a-miracle-doesnt-happen Trump. Late 50s seems to be a good age for a president - old enough to have gained experience, young enough to avoid many of the problems of aging.

SickOfTheOnePct

(7,290 posts)
25. What?
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 02:49 PM
Dec 2016

I think the OP is calling for Presidents between the ages of 35 and 65, not younger than 35 and older than 65. None of the people you mentioned as being excluded would have been.

Retrograde

(10,245 posts)
27. Sorry, caffiene hasn't kicked in yet
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 03:07 PM
Dec 2016

and I'm used to the OP's posts not making all that much sense in the first place

 

LanternWaste

(37,748 posts)
31. What objective belief leads you to wish as such?
Tue Dec 13, 2016, 04:01 PM
Dec 2016

What objective belief leads you to wish as such, and what is the specific and positive end-result that would result, currently denied by the already in-place strictures?

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