Age is the newest talking point from conservatives and the Republican party. They are talking about an interesting and overlooked fact about the historical figures at the founding of America. They are referring to information from a book written by Todd Andrlik. He wrote it as if he was a reporter at the time of the revolution and the birth of our nation.
He reported the ages of the people at that time when the colony became an independent nation. There were quite a few who were very young.
As young as 18, early twenties and mid thirties. George Washington for example was 38, Thomas Jefferson was only 33. We assumed they were older because they were painted and portrayed as older.
One doesn't have to ask why the right is so drawn to this revelation. They are so enamored with the very young energetic men in their party. Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are just some the names being floated as potential presidential candidates in 2016.
The presumptive candidates for the Democrats are Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. Let's face the obvious they are older. The right is even discussing a way to allow Ted Cruz to qualify the office of President even though he was born in Canada and not in the US and did not move to America until he was 3 or 4 years old.
What a change in tone from the right wing. Barack Obama is too young and inexperienced to hold the office of President they said. Barack Obama wasn't American enough because he only had one parent who was American and plus he wasn't born here in the U.S. even though he was and then you add that he lived in a foreign country as a child.
No doubt President Reagan will be portrayed as younger also.
The right wing is more than obvious in their latest ploy. They are a bunch of 'Johnnies come lately' and very unoriginal. Too bad they are working hard to exclude the very demographics that would likely vote for a much younger candidate.
Charles M. Reeder
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