Answer by Tom Lindholtz
Sorry, but youth is a necessarily limiting characteristic. It is the simple fact of not having lived long enough to have become experienced in a wide range of situations and circumstances. As Donald Rumsfeld said: There are known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. The problem for the young is that the latter category is just very, very large. Perhaps some of the problems of our society and our government are due precisely to our country's infatuation with youth; we've had a lot of "young-ish" leaders in government for the last 50 years. Back when the Founders set age limits for public office -- 35, Pres.; 30, Sen.; 25, Rep. -- that was a lot "older" than today. Back then a man was probably working by the time he was 12 or 14, maybe before, so he had 10-15 years in the work world before he was even eligible to be a congressman. Now, a fresh-faced kid with a Master's in Poli Sci, or a freshly minted JD, and no work experience whatever, is old enough to be a congressman. I see that clearly now (nearly 65). When I was young I was utterly clueless to the point.