Add desperation to tyranny and you have another definition of insanity. Career politicians are constantly codifying words, making politics look like a sport for the retarded.
Months ago, Texas State representative for Houston District 146, 73 year-old Al Edwards, left me speechless. In an attempt to hold on, after more than 28 years, as State representative for District 146, Edwards, as if void of relevant issue to debate his forties opponent Borris Miles, challenged Miles to a drug test during a live appearance on Michael Harris over KCOH Radio, Houston AM 1430. Less than 48 hours later, Miles will appear on KCOH Radio with a medical team and take a drug test live!
What in H-town is going on? Why is a 73 year-old Black man in a drug-crazed nation where assertive and opinionated people under 50 years (especially Blacks) are conveniently labeled as being under the influence, challenging an assertive and opinionated younger Black politician to a drug test? Since when did a drug test become mandatory for public office? Has Edwards, after more than 28 years, no persuasive record to show off? What is going on in daddio’s head?
Most of our elderly politicians with a knack to pitch tents in public offices, as if in a monarchy environment, I have found grew up in a time in the US when a good citizen was one who saw no evil, heard no evil and spoke no evil, and success meant knowing your socioeconomic station and be content within its confine. Total domination and suppression was the norm, and anyone (especially a Black) aspiring to be something had to be mentally imbalance or be under some addictive influence.
73 year-old Al Edwards was raised at this period in US history when Blacks and the defenseless were programmed to see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil; if they knew what was best for them. Al Edwards is simply one of several 70+ public servants who never seize to color our days with bizarre acts.
Those days of total domination and suppression are gone! People born as of 1960 are naturally realistic and are bound to discover the truth, regardless of its suppression.
I have found that past age 70, a very crucial cycle takes place in the human brain, rendering most humans incapable of certain mental functions. Even Biblical records speak of mighty and revered figures, who in their old age, completely lost sound judgment and resorted to weird acts that leaves one wondering. Retaining in public offices our beloved and historic elderly politicians whom we know are no longer capable of sound judgment they once had is a disservice to them and is equivalent to issuing a driver license to a blind.
Besides, I am of the opinion that if anyone over 70 really had something to contribute to society, then he/she would have done so by age 70. While the stamina of a zealous 70+ public servant is impressive, the sight often also evokes tyranny. Additionally, so much have changed technologically and psychologically in the past 20 years, making most people born before 1960 not only a hindrance to the moment, but the angel of destruction to their admirers.
I think that when public servants reach 70, they ought to be forced into retirement to make way for fresh minds and fresh thoughts: I believe that younger minds can better understand their generation and better know how to handle crisis arising in their time.
If you are 70+ and work for the government, then you ought to retire. Thank you, for your service! If you have been effective and efficient in your services, then your good foundation will be built upon and younger generations will surely seek your wisdom.
In my government, no one past 70 is allowed to serve! There will be a onetime farewell severance check equal to the amount of annual salary/pay the retiree made at time of retirement, and retiree must have worked with the government for 5 consecutive years or more to qualify for this severance farewell package. And, my 70+s are free from taxation! Now, if a 70+ x-public servant wants to continue working, then he/she is free to seek employment like everyone else or better yet, like T. Boone Pickens, go on any venture of his or her choice.