Across the United States, there is growing talk about the merits of having age limits in place for our nation’s leaders.
This conversation has truly come to the forefront amid Joe Biden’s presidency and the very clear issues he’s having with his memory and other cognitive functions. Then, there are other politicians who’ve held political office for longer than some Americans have been alive.
Calls for a generational change in leadership are picking up steam. They’re also not likely to go away anytime soon.
When 82-year-old House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about calls for generational leadership shifts directly referencing her, she had an odd response, as reported by Breitbart News.
Little Regard From Pelosi
When confronted on MSNBC about candidates like Democratic Reps. Abigail Spanberger and Elissa Slotkin pressing for generational leadership changes in the party, Pelosi said “Just win, baby.”
In a nutshell, the House Speaker framed the commentary from members of her own caucus as a strategy to secure political victory, rather than a genuine concern about the party’s direction.
Pelosi is asked about Democrats running in swing districts saying that she should step down as speaker:
"Just win, baby. If that’s what you have to say to win, fine." pic.twitter.com/qFMXeI2W0u
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 18, 2022
Of course, talk about generational leadership changes and age limits doesn’t benefit Pelosi. However, a transition in the current generation of leaders across the spectrum would have real benefits for the nation as a whole.
A Bipartisan Conversation
The push for age limits on public officeholders, unlike most issues in politics these days, is non-partisan. Recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk floated the notion of age limits and the benefits such restrictions could have.
After all, one has to reach a certain age in order to serve in Congress or the White House. Logic would also dictate that having a ceiling in which people age out of the job is warranted.
With age limits, there would be no barriers to the next generation of leaders taking their place in politics.
I believe Biden did many great things and should retire admirably because I believe it is only common sense we have age limits and I think he would too back in the day. I hope he allows a younger generation to step up.
— Jim (@Jimmmyz169) October 16, 2022
Amid current talks about generational leadership changes, Americans have also discussed a need for term limits. While the presidency has term limits in effect, Congress does not.
This, too, plays a hand in some members of Congress like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and even Mitch McConnell being in office for longer than some folks have been on earth.
The years to come will reveal what all happens with generational leadership shifts, more term limits for officeholders, and the possibility of age limits for the presidency and congressional members.
All things considered, Americans shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for those who benefit from a lack of age limits to rally behind putting these restrictions in place.
What do you think about Nancy Pelosi’s reaction to members of her own party calling for a shift in generational leadership of the party? You’re welcome to share your thoughts in the comments area below.
This article appeared in Watch Dog News and has been published here with permission.