Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot
Let's go back to Reagan ... it's been widely speculated that he was probably feeling the effects of Alzheimer's before he left office. It may not have affected his performance yet ... but... we'll never know.
Having taken two grandparents through the joys of Alzheimer's, I can say that hindsight shows the effects were there long before WE actually noticed it.
I'm certainly not saying that this WILL happen to RP (I've also known many people who retained full mental faculties well into their 90's,) but it is certainly a valid concern that voters will (and should) CONSIDER. We are talking POTUS here, not CEO of some replaceable corporation.
I'm sorry to hear about what happened to your grandparents KOSH.
It can be a valid concern with anybody though. Early onset Alzheimer's which is 10% of the cases happens in the 50's. Should anyone over 50 be disqualified from the presidency?
Plenty of life threatening conditions for example heart attacks, various cancers, etc. all have their curves for occuring ramp up dramatically starting at 50, especially the mid 50's. Does that disqualify anyone over that age?
It's sort of strange that Democrats keep bringing up the issue of health when so many of the presidents they would consider to be great were trainwrecks of health. FDR for obvious reason and Kennedy was alleged to have had all sorts of back issues and various meds associated with them.
The office of president is about a person, their ideas for the country and a plan to carry out those ideas. If the president were to die in office due to age, assasination, accident or whatever then the next in line and the party leaders will hopefully carry that platform forward.
The debate in many ways isn't appropriate since no one really absolutely knows their due date with regard to death. The whole thing in many ways stinks of eugenics.
One last note with regard to Alzheimer's, while nothing is completely conclusive yet, there is a fair amount of evidence to suggest that a busy brain, much like busy body is less likely to have something go wrong. I'll gladly admit as a 40 year old, that I have friends who haven't listened to new music since hair bands went out of style and refuse to text on a cell phone. I have other friends who in no form or fashion address their health. You've got to keep your brain active and they folks going for major office, no matter the party, often are active folks.