Reasons why there should be no age limits for political leaders!
Brian Patrick Moore's response to Tampa Bay Times column by Gary Franks, "We need age limits for presidents," April 28, 2023
Queen Elizabeth of England ruled until her death in her 96th year of life:
Chinese dictator Mao Zedong, responsible for between 48 to 78 million of his countrymen's deaths during his 40's and 50's years of age. He died at age 83.
New Republic Magazine
Age is the least feature required for political leadership. Courage, integrity, and demonstrated wisdom are the qualifications most needed. Many times, younger leaders lack experience, maturity, and ability to analyze situations. And it is the younger leaders who have become dictators and murderers of millions of human beings, most during the ages of their 40's and 50's.
Examples of older leaders in modern times are Queen Elizabeth of England (96), Jimmy Carter (98), Pope Francis (86), ex-Pope Benedict (95); and the present leaders of Cameroon (90), Saudi Arabia (87), Lebanon (87), Norway (86) and the Bahamas (86).
In our own U.S. Congress, we have Senator Chuck Grassley (89), Nancy Pelosi (83) and Mitch McConnell (81). Former American legislators were Congressmen John Dingell (90), Ralph Hall (91) and Senators Robert Byrd (92), and Strom Thurmond (102).
The world's 10 oldest leaders in history were all age 99 or 98, dating back 1,000 years.
Even athletes have physically performed in their later years: Jack Nicklaus (65), Satchel Paige (59), Gordy Howe (53), George Foreman (48), Nolan Ryan (46).
No, it has been the younger leaders who have caused mayhem, death and destruction in the world.
The most evil dictators and murderers of millions of people have been in their 40's and 50's when they caused heinous suffering of human beings: China's Mao Zedung (60 million deaths, died at age 83), Russia's Joseph Stalin (23 million deaths, died at age 74), Germany's Adolf Hitler 17.5 million deaths, died at age 56), Cambodia's Pol Pot (2 million deaths, died at age 72), Japan's Gen. Hideki Tojo (5 million deaths, died at age 63), Belgium's Leopold II, 2-15 million deaths, died at age 65), and Turkey's Ismail Pasha (2.5 million deaths, died at age 64).