Young Presidents Make Lousy Presidents

The far-left Democrat socialist congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York City already is pondering a run for president. The American Mirror posted:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spent her Friday night making instant macaroni and cheese while flirting with the idea of running for president in the future.

During an Instagram Live Q&A session on Friday night, the 29-year-old socialist discussed her election victory on Tuesday and flirted with the idea of maybe running for president in the future.

While making macaroni and cheese and listening to music from a kitchen, the Democratic darling spoke about Shirley Chisholm, an African-American politician and author who died in 2005.

“Chisholm was the first black woman to ever run for president as a nominee of any major political party,” Ocasio-Cortez said while pulling cheese out of the grater.

And on and on. We know the drill. You must be 35 to run for president but she already is looking into the future. We can expect her to jump into the race at a younger age than almost any other candidate ever.

This is bad news. We have had two relatively young, failed presidents recently –Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. You can rest assured that they wish that they had done things differently, things that they definitely would have done better if they were older and wiser.

They are like a novelist who gets famous at an early age and then rushes to write books to keep his fame alive but ends up writing lousy books that he later regrets.

It is much worse for a president. He/she must respond to events on the ground and these events are often very serious and can come up at any moment. The pressure is constantly on. The presidency is not for the faint-hearted or the arrogant (like Obama).

On the other hand two of the most effective presidents ever were/are Ronald Reagan (elected at age 69) and Donald Trump (ditto).

Ocasio-Cortez has no concept of what it means to be president. She does not understand economics or energy policy or foreign policy. She only knows what she has read in books and in left-wing newspapers, and heard on liberal TV and radio, and from her friends who think like she does.

She has not lived long enough to see what works and what doesn’t. Young people make a lot of mistakes. Old age brings wisdom.

Ocasio-Cortez does not even know about the structure of our government. She said:

“If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress, uh, rather, all three chambers of government — the presidency, the Senate and the House — in 2020. We can’t start working in 2020.”

I, Nikitas, am 65 years old. My politics have not changed since college – I have always been a conservative – but I now understand even better why I think this way.

I lived through the Cold War and watched Republican Ronald Reagan (president from 1981 to 1989) masterfully set the stage for the fall of the communist Soviet Union, our global enemy. He was strong and uncompromising. Yet the media trashed Reagan every second as a warmonger who would launch a nuclear war, as they are doing to Trump today.

I watched Ronald Reagan reinvigorate the US economy with capitalist policies echoed by president Trump. Yet the media savaged Reagan over “tax cuts for the rich” as they are doing to Trump.

I watched Reagan fearlessly stand up for American exceptionalism and military might, as Trump is doing today. Yet the media maligned Reagan as a nativist cowboy just as they are impugning Trump as a deranged nationalist.

So imagine that it is 2024 and Ocasio-Cortez is 35 years old. She knows nothing about the real world. She has lived her entire life in New York City and Washington. Like most such people she thinks that electricity comes from the light socket and that milk comes from the store. And that government can magically manipulate the economy to make sure that everyone has adequate electricity and milk.

And she wants to be president. Frightening…

Imagine how Obama feels today. His signature legislation was Obamacare, which was publicly failing even when he was still president. The Obamacare exchanges were going belly up, millions of people were losing their health plans and doctors, while millions more saw premiums skyrocket. This must have been a shock to him. After all, the plan worked perfectly – on paper, that is.

What else did Obama accomplish? Did he energize the economy with tax cuts and de-regulation?

No, he supported more regulation and more taxes. The economy responded with dismal growth. The so-called Great Recession was really The Obama Depression.

Did he set the stage for North Korea to de-nuclearize?

No, he sat in the Oval Office meeting with his political henchmen discussing how to sabotage the Trump campaign while North Korea built up its nuclear arsenal because Obama did not have the courage or the negotiating skills to confront them.

Did he break and re-make bad international trade deals? No, he accepted the status quo. After all, he would have had to work hard and think hard to re-do the trade deals instead of partying with his Hollywood friends, which he was famous for.

Did Obama end the ISIS terror war in the Middle East like president Trump did by “bombing the s**t out of ISIS”?

No, Obama allowed ISIS to devastate Iraq, Libya and Syria as if there were nothing at all that he could do about it.

In other words Obama, who took office in 2009 at the age of 48, was too young to know what to do to effect substantive change. Or did not care. He simply put America on globalist autopilot where anything and everything that he said and did would be praised in the world and US media. He had no incentive to take risks to make reforms.

How about Bill Clinton? Did he do anything significant as president?

Well, yes, he got himself impeached in 1998 for lying and obstructing justice. He took office in 1993 at the age of just 46. He inherited peace and prosperity; the communist Soviet Union had fallen in 1991 and the Reagan economic boom was set to last another 15 years.

But Clinton was anxious to be president just like a lot of people who want to achieve things because they think that life is rushing by and so they want everything today, not tomorrow or next year.

Bill Clinton was a product of Yale and a Rhodes Scholar yet the best-known quote from his presidency was not a scholarly meditation on the state of humanity but a lie… “I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky…”

The Lewinsky scandal was a huge drag on his presidency and a major blot on his legacy. If he could do it all over again, he surely would. Ditto Obama.

Republican George W. Bush assumed office in 2001 at the age of 54. He got America into a disastrous war in Iraq that will forever darken his legacy.

Do you think that Bush would do it over if he could? believes that he certainly would.

Ronald Reagan, on the other hand, took office at the age of 69, in January 1981. He is acknowledged by Democrats and Republicans alike as an exceptional leader and a successful president.

He did not start a world war; he did the opposite – he pulled the world back from the nuclear brink.

Now we have Ocasio-Cortez and even worse this Beto O’Rourke guy from Texas who would be 48 years old in 2020 when some people want him to run for president even though he lost his recent US Senate bid. The highest office that he has served in is US congressman.

O’Rourke not only looks like a scrawny Bobby Kennedy-type but he has the reputation of a Kennedy; he was involved in a car accident in 1998 and tried to run away from the scene since he was drunk. This sounds just like Teddy Kennedy. So he definitely has potential as a Democrat candidate.

Democrat president Jimmy Carter took office at the age of 53 in 1977. He easily had the worst presidency of the 20th century, serving just one term. He was savaged even by the liberal media for his incompetence. He left our military weakened and the economy in shambles. Ronald Reagan defeated him by taking 90% of the electoral votes in 1980, and 44 out of 50 states.

And of course The Big One is John F. Kennedy who took office in January 1961 at the age of just 44. The election was stolen for him by corrupt Democrat political ‘machines’ in several key states and by dirty political tricks.

Kennedy had an awful first year in the White House which was covered up by slobbering media coverage of everything he said and did. But he was assassinated on November 22, 1963. If he had lived some historians believe that he would have been impeached and removed from office for a sexual dalliance that he allegedly had with a communist East German spy named Ellen Rometsch at the height of the Cold War.

Kennedy was the president who first got the US involved in the Vietnam War, which turned into 20 times the scale of the disaster of the Iraq war. But he never has been blamed for it.

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