What a bunch of bigoted crap! On a scale of errors ranging from minor mistake to Trump-class blunder, this is only a bit short of the latter.
The first mistake here is a classic, one so well-known that I am surprised that you are unaware of it: with Homo Sapiens, you cannot apply statistical results to individuals. It’s not a matter of fairness, it’s a matter of truth. For example, blacks have always scored a bit lower than whites on IQ tests. Does that mean that Mr. Obama was unqualified for office? Of course not! Mississippi has the unhealthiest population in the country, but that doesn’t mean that moving to Mississippi is a death sentence, or that life insurance companies shouldn’t do business in Mississippi.
Why do you think that we have electoral campaigns? Why not just plug in the numbers for relevant statistical values and give the Presidency to the person with the best numbers? We have electoral campaigns so that people can examine each candidate as an individual. Mr. Sanders’ age is far less significant than the fact that he has had a heart attack. His age, by itself, tells us very little about his health. One look at Mr. Trump’s bulging belly and his slow movement tells more about his health than his age. One look at Ms. Warren’s energy and enthusiasm tells us more about her health than her age.
15% of the American population is over age 70; you propose to rule them out as politicians. Ms. Pelosi is 79 years old and I think she has a good claim to being the canniest politician in America. Indeed, a comparison of Ms. Pelosi and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez demonstrates just how dumb this story is. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is very bright, very impressive, and she has a great future ahead of her, but she’s just not in Ms. Pelosi’s league.
You might benefit from reading this story from Medium about voting participation rates. The age group you want to rule out has the highest voter participation rate.
But the blunder I find most striking in this essay is its complete failure to address the evolution of cognitive function over age. It’s certainly true that the brain decays as we age. The factor that you have missed is called “learning”. Do you really think that people stop learning the day they graduate from college? My quick-and-dirty characterization is that we are born, intellectually speaking, around age 18 — that’s the age when we have mastered the basics well enough to start considering serious issues. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is 30 years old, which means that her “intellectual age” is about 12 years. Meanwhile, Ms. Pelosi’s “intellectual age” is about 60 years. Thus, Ms. Pelosi has FIVE TIMES the knowledge that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has. Even if she’s lost 20% of her brain power, she’s still way, way ahead of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.
Young people have more mental energy than old people. They can absorb huge amounts of information in a short time. But old people have more wisdom than young people; they can see the big picture more clearly.
Throughout history, humanity has recognized that older people are better at running the show than younger people. The word “Senate” comes from the Latin for “old man”. There’s a time-honored truth here that is easily understood by anybody with a little knowledge of history.