Seniors, those of us in our sixties and beyond, need to take hold of the reins of Government and make certain that our voices are heard loud & clear by those in Congress. Looking back on how well or not so well our peers did as President (Bill Clinton & George W. Bush) we need to realize that it is unlikely that another President will come from the decade of the 1940's. Well, do not count out Hillary Clinton in 2012. Hillary Clinton will be turning 65 that October, not to old to be president.
Leadership is lacking in all Political Parties, Republican, Democrat, Tea Party and so on and so on. Barack Obama may not have won in 2008 had the Republicans had a credible ticket. McCain was simply too old and Palin, well totally incompetent. That left Obama & Biden. Probably the lesser of two evils as it were. That was my sense anyway.
It is time that voters/citizens require, no demand, quality candidates for all offices from local on up to the Presidency. I provide an example of what I believe to be two quality candidates from opposing political parties. In Oregon the office of Governor is open this year 2010 and there are two, in my judgement, quality candidates seeking the Governership. On the Republican side is Bill Dudley and the Democrat side is John Kitzhaber. One of these men will lose and the loser may well need to be Governor in another State. It is a pleasure to indeed have a choice in candidates.
It is not often that one can say this in most political races. Seniors must become more involved in politics. Those of us in our sixties must not shy away from this task. Make sure that you at the very least vote and maybe even have a say in who gets to be a candidate in primaries.