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A Graph for Trump -- Our Oldest President
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Re: Our aging country
  • 12/26/2016 11:46:55 PM
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kq4ym, that's the beauty of the US Constitution, right ... it's vagueness. It doesn't get into specifics about the temperament of the country at the time of writing, or any time, and it doesn't delve into technology. The most specific it gets is at its lowest point -- the 3/5 clause. And that's certainly been derided into history and not actually used in today's world. That leaves something with enough wiggle room to make it relevant and workable in most any America.

Re: Our aging country
  • 12/26/2016 11:06:26 AM
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It would be an interesting study to determine just what should be included in national Constitituions and laws that might stand the test of time. Could there be a consensus made today that would be different that those folks of 1776 and jjust what principles might be much different today considering our technical changes and indeed maybe philosophical variance from the past?

Re: Our aging country
  • 11/30/2016 2:09:41 PM
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Magnetic North I think when our founding fathers crafted the constitution they could not have predicted where we are today from a technology perspective and medical perspective.  I don't see anything wrong with applying some of the criteria we all have to meet to any government official. Their failure is more impactful than many of ours because it could impact and entire state in the US or a country.

Re: Our aging country
  • 11/30/2016 9:32:31 AM
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@impactnow I suppose the difference is easily in that employment and leading in a democracy are two very different things. Here in the Philippines, any natural-born citizen, a resident of 10 years or more, at least 40 years old, a registered voter, and able to read and write is allowed to apply for presidential candidacy. Many blue collar jobs here even require a high school diploma and the presidency does not. The hiring process of a company and a nation are very different, simply because the employers and their aims are fundamentally different. I don't think you can add much to the requirements for presidency without deviating drastically from democratic principles.

Re: Our aging country
  • 11/29/2016 8:59:27 PM
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Seth I find it very interesting that most of us go through a more rigorous background check health screening and other tests that ourCommander-in-Chief. One thing the most recent election has taught us is that our processes are filled with opportunity for evolution . I hope this interest in politics that has gripped our nation after the election becomes the impetus for change.

Re: Our aging country
  • 11/29/2016 8:40:10 PM
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@ impactnow. - I would one up that and also suggest a mental health exam and a logic test.  I'm fairly certain that certain President elect might have a border line personality disorder. 

Re: Which Roosevelt?
  • 11/28/2016 1:31:07 PM
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Although as noted there's really not enough of a sampling to determine some answers, it would bge interesting to see how true it is that most all Presidents are wealthy men and just how a more modest background might compare to the chief executive with all the advantages of best schooling and a wealth background.

Our aging country
  • 11/28/2016 12:15:49 PM
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As America ages and life span extends I wonder if Trump will be our oldest President or if we will see older presidents in the future. Both Hillary Clinton and Trump were older candidates who is years past might not have run due to health issues or other concerns. I do believe that all Presidedns should have to be declared fit for office prior to inauguration, many of us go through very rigorous checks including drug screening, physicals, and credit checks to take jobs of less worldwide impact.

Re: Which Roosevelt?
  • 11/23/2016 11:07:47 AM
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Not sure we have an adequate diversity in this sample size to warrant trend seeking. They're mostly all older, rich and white. Outliers like Obama (because of race and upbringing) and Lincoln (because of upbringing) might be interesting to study to see if they bring uncommon wisdom to their role because of their uniqueness. But that's not exactly what you're looking for.

Re: Which Roosevelt?
  • 11/23/2016 1:00:15 AM
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That makes sense that the median age is around 55 since the average lifesplan was that long through out U.S, history.  I would except it would increase as life span averages increase.  

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