Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to a capacity crowd at Pine Ridge School on the Pine Ridge Reservation Thursday, May 12, 2016. Standing next to Sanders is Tatewin Means, Lakota Sioux Tribe Attorney General. Archive Photo/Custer Free Press

By Herb Ryan
December 26, 2017

Custer, SD – In 2020, Bernie Sanders will be 79, a prime example of an “old white guy” that needs to take the hint and get off center stage while he can still remember what he had for  breakfast. Other possible democratic candidates that are in the same category include former vice-president Joe Biden currently 75 and  U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren 68.

The average age of all 44 U.S. presidents when taking office is just over 54 years. The youngest was Theodore Roosevelt at 42 – that’s when he succeeded William McKinley after his assassination in 1901. John F. Kennedy was 43 when elected. President Barack Obama was 47. The current president Donald Trump is 71. It’s a difficult concept to accept that there are no qualified candidates to meet the minimum age of thirty-five to be eligible to run for the presidency and the average age of fifty-four anywhere in the nation.

The democratic control of both the house and the senate in 2018 as well as the 2020 presidential election is in the hands of the voters. Any protest votes or voter apathy just throws the election to the other party. Unlike the presidential election, state and local elections are won by popular vote, every single vote counts. You get the representation you vote for if enough people agree with you. The former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Tip O’Neill is most closely associated with the phrase, “All politics is local”, and so it is. The groundswell for change needs to happen now.