Age Rage: Globe Columnist Blames U.S. Political Mess On Old Politicians
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Reading The Globe and Mail on Wednesday, I stumbled across political affairs columnist Lawrence Martin’s curious column raging against older politicians.
After reading this drivel, I was sorely tempted to let it slide by on its way to internet oblivion. The article is, after all, an opinion piece. And on a slow news day, Martin no doubt filed the piece hoping his cheeky effort would serve as catnip to older readers, ultimately scoring a few extra clicks.
Sadly, I fell for the bait.
For those who haven’t read Martin’s screed, the 71-year-old columnist posits that the blame for the political turmoil in Washington rests squarely on the shoulders of its “elderly cast” of leaders.
U.S. President Donald Trump (72), assistant house leader Jim Clyburn (78), Dianne Feinstein (85), and potential house speaker Nancy Pelosi (78) comprise what he terms as the Washington “gerontocracy.”
“Everywhere you turn there’s a museum piece,” Martin moans. And these “regressive” old “relics” are unable to solve anything, from guns, immigration, nationalism, trade and climate change.
The cranky columnist further contends that “the elderly don’t have much of an eye to the future for the simple reason, you might say, that they don’t have one.”