Why are the people in the positions of power and running for the positions of power so old that they are genuinely in their last years of life?

It seems that politicians are getting older and older. In my own experience with aging relatives who held positions of power when they were younger; you only get slower, more jaded and more subjective as you get older and nearer to your end. Why are these the people being chosen to make the decisions that run our society? Surely a healthy 40 year old at their peak of life is more fit physically and mentally to objectively hold a position of power than say an 86 year old?

  • Stalwart of court’s liberal bloc had survived four cancer treatments

  • Death of justice gives Trump chance of third appointment

The supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died of pancreatic cancer, the court said Friday. She was 87.

Ginsburg was the second woman appointed to the court in history and became a liberal icon for her sharp questioning of witnesses and intellectually rigorous defenses of civil liberties, reproductive rights, first amendment rights and equal protections under the law.

In a statement, the court said Ginsburg, who served more than 27 years on the bench, “died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington DC, due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer”.

The chief justice, John Roberts, said that the nation “has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the supreme court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her – a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Her death thrust an immediate spotlight on who might fill the vacancy on the court, with just over six weeks before the election. The news was received with alarm by liberals and moderates who feared that Republicans would exploit the narrow window to install a third Donald Trump appointee on the supreme court.

www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/18/ruth-bader-ginsburg-supreme-court-justice-dies-aged-87