#FPQ 211: Thank You For Your Service, Now Get Out

Normally, I don’t get involved in Fandango’s political discussions here at The Sound of One Hand Typing, but this was too good to pass up.

Do you believe that Joe Biden, at 82 shortly after Election Day 2024, is too old to seek that office. What about Donald Trump at 77? Most important, do you think there should be a maximum age set for an individual to run for President of the United States?

I believe that Joe Biden, at 78 shortly after Election Day 2020, was too old to seek that office. For that matter, I believe that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were both too old to seek the office of President in 2016, that John McCain was too old when he sought the office in 2008. I don’t think anyone over the age of 70 should consider being President of the United States.

For that matter, I don’t think anyone over 70 should run for Congress, either the House or the Senate. I don’t care how much experience he or she has. In fact, the "amount of experience they have" usually indicates how good he or she is at stuffing their own pockets at the expense of the taxpayers.

Supreme Court justices? Same thing. Go be a respected jurist at the retirement home.

And as long as I’m at it, there should be a 20-year limit on Federal employment, including the military. Go get a real job after that. And if you leave before your 20 years are up, there’s no coming back. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

The problem with government in the US is that there’s too damn much of it, and it’s always the same damn people hanging around like a fart in an elevator.

I feel a whole lot better now.

31 thoughts on “#FPQ 211: Thank You For Your Service, Now Get Out

    1. The Founders never intended for people to make Congress their life’s work. They figured you should do your duty then go home and do something else. I saw an article a few years back where a whistleblower in the Congressional pharmacy was saying there are more than a few members of Congress who are taking dementia and Alzheimer’s drugs.

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  1. I agree with you even though they gave experience, …well, not Trump stump. Funny, everything on the hill etc…would be empty. I would vote for Pete Buttegieg…I don’t know if I got his name right.

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  2. My thought is that Biden did what we voted him in to do: To give us a breather from the crazy that was escalating. I agree with all the above (and son would throw in one more mandatory requirement for the US presidency: Must have served in the armed forces). You weren’t overly political, John, you made good sense. However, I’ll be avoiding elevators for life, now.. 😉


    1. Politics was never intended as someone’s permanent career. The Founders all wanted to get it out of the way so they could go home to their farms. These days, you have people that go from college to law school and right into politics, and that’s just wrong…

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  3. You go, John. 👏 I can’t disagree with you on any of your points. We need reasonable age limits for all elected officials and term limits in the Senate and the House…and on the federal court benches!


    1. The people who argue against term limits argue that “that’s what elections are for,” but when all is said and done 94% (I think was the number I heard) get re-elected anyway. If it’s a term limit, it’s not particularly effective.

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  4. Hilary was 69 when she ran for office in 2016 and only turned 69 a couple of weeks prior to the election. But I get your point. I would like to see Cory Booker as President or Pete Buttigieg. There! I marked myself as a liberal. And yes, I agree there should be term limits on every position. Working in government has turned into a big payday and it needs to end.


    1. I’m a big fan of small government, the smaller the better, and better it be at the state and local level rather than the federal one. Forcing people to retire after 20 years means that fewer people need to be displaced if a department closes.


      1. My problem is that you see wacky stuff going on when too much is at the state level such as all the differing laws regarding abortion, education, and LGBTQ rights.


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