Let me offer a few facts; sorry Republicans. The average age of America’s current population is 38.1 years of age. As my demographic, original baby boomers, leaves their earthly bonds, our nation’s average age will become even younger.
Women continue to outnumber men, 51-49 percent.
Our nation’s population is becoming more diverse with every passing year, and this is unstoppable. Republicans don’t like this fact. Domination by all whites will end within my lifetime, and I am 73 years old.
Meanwhile, our government in Washington averages nearly 60 years of age, is predominately white, most notably among Republicans, and is dominated by men.
The leading candidates in the Democratic race for their party’s 2020 nomination are all progressives. I have excluded Joe Biden for many reasons, the most critical is what is commonly called “baggage.” He is a 76 year old white man who is out of touch with the electorate.
Bernie Sanders is a true progressive. Although he is 78 years old, his platform is focused on the needs and wishes of younger Americans. He is aware that the future belongs to them and changes are mandatory. Capitalism has failed most Americans and a form of Democratic Socialism will better the lives of the majority. Medicare for all and free college tuition are among his ideas.
However, his age concerns me. If he won in 2020, he would be 79 years of age, and 83 when he sought a second term.
Elizabeth Warren is what I call an “aggressive progressive.” She will be 71 on election day. However, her pluses are her undeniable energy and the fact that she shares Bernie’s policies. I believe the time has come for a woman president.
Kamala Harris is also progressive. She is strong, intelligent, and appeals to a diverse and younger crowd. Her mother is from India, and her father is black. Senator Harris will be 56 on election day; closer to the average age of America’s people.
Nancy Pelosi is an “old Democrat.” I’m not just speaking about physical age; she is 79; her policies are outdated. She opposes Medicare for all and free education.
“What works in San Francisco does not necessarily work in Michigan,” Pelosi said at a roundtable of Bloomberg News reporters and editors on Friday. “What works in Michigan works in San Francisco — talking about workers’ rights and sharing prosperity.”
“Remember November,” she said. “You must win the Electoral College.”
She does not believe any of the three progressives can defeat Donald Trump. She is very mistaken. Polls show that Americans are moving away from conservatism and more towards liberal ideas. Younger Americans are notorious for not voting in our elections. Their support of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018’s elections prove that if they have a candidate who they can relate to, they will go to the polls.
A final fact; if women and millennials go to the polls in large numbers, they can control future elections for decades.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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