Using Ageism-Discrimination As A Tactic To Discredit Bernie

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(A short article)                                                                                                                                         Ageism is a prejudice against older people founded on the belief they are incapable of serious employment or labor, and that they are feeble and incompetent. It is a superficial prejudice based on white hair and wrinkles. A woman with white hair and a few wrinkles bicycles to a nearby college where she is taking classes, and upon entering is asked by a concerned young person if she is lost. A white-haired man with 40 years of work experience applies for work in the heating and cooling industry after getting straight “A”s for his one year HVAC certification, and gets no responses, while his younger classmates find work with relative ease. Are you guilty of ageism? Are you one of those accusing Senator Bernie Sanders of being “too old” for the job?

People are living longer and maintaining better health in our modern society. Labeling people as feeble and incompetent because of their age is a prejudice just as destructive to individuals as prejudices based on race and sex. Those people stating Bernie Sanders is too old to be President of the United States are a expressing ageism, a blatant prejudice against older Americans.

Dr. Robert Epstein, who is Editor-in-chief for Psychology Today, is also a research psychologist, and has written about the aging brain for Discover Magazine and Huffington Post. He has severe doubts about the intelligence of ageism. Epstein stated,

“As long as the candidate shows no signs of senility, say, from early Alzheimer’s, an older candidate is probably your best choice if you think the world is a fairly stable place. As we get older, our judgment regarding matters we know about, generally gets better. Experience is a great teacher.”

Ignoring age/What’s important about Bernie

If you know someone who claims Bernie Sanders is too old for the job, you might want to call them on their prejudice. It’s a prejudice that damages both individuals, and our society. To young people, “Do you really want to deal with this kind of prejudice after you reach 40?” Change the world now!  “Old” no longer means weak and senile (if it ever really did).

Keith D. Foote

Keith is also a freelance writer. He has written an alternative physics book titled the Ultra-Space Field Theory, and 2 sci-fi novels. Keith has been following politics, and political promises, for the last forty years. He gave up his car, preferring to bicycle and use public transport. Keith enjoys yoga, mini adventures, spirituality, and chocolate ice cream.

5 thoughts on “Using Ageism-Discrimination As A Tactic To Discredit Bernie

  • January 10, 2016 at 11:08 am
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    Oh yeah, ageism was the debate with Bernie on ABC’s Sunday Show today. Host George Stephanopoulis showed a video of a focus group laughing about Bernie’s age, and then kept asking Bernie in the interview about his age.

    Funny how George S. didn’t show ANY positive responses a focus group would have about Sanders. So, you have to wonder who the former Clinton press secretary is favoring.

    But of course the story broke back in May that Georgie S. gave money to the Clinton Foundation in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and he didn’t disclose that he did. ABC backed him up and didn’t fire him.

    He claimed he gave for environmental issues, but there are plenty of other environmental charities where his donations wouldn’t be looked at with suspect.

    As far as I’m concerned, Stephanopoulis should basically be reclused from hosting political shows involving Hillary Clinton. Based on what I’ve seen of his coverage of the Democratic campaign, he has been dismissive of Sanders all along.

    Today’s show with the ageism attack on Sanders made me angry. Later in the show, it took the conservative Hugh Hewitt to introduce and explain the new Hillary email ‘controversy.’ I’m sure for George, that wasn’t on his agenda.

  • January 10, 2016 at 11:23 am
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    I meant to add to my first post….

    The Stephanopoulis interview with Bernie using focus group video to ‘show some sort of evidence’ that people are prejudice against age is the type of thing that makes me scream at my TV.

    Whose focus group was that? How did ABC acquire the video? Given to them by the Clinton campaign? Can we see the whole video??? Is that one clip, taken out of context, a fair representative of what the group REALLY felt???

    Is it a surprise that people don’t trust the corporate media?

    I think ABC/Disney should answer to George Stephanopoulis’ performance this morning. They need to explain more about this focus group and the one-sided ‘reporting.’

  • January 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm
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    I saw the interview, too. Earlier, perhaps last night, I saw a room full of people being interviewed and one woman expressed her concerns Bernie was too old. I heard a similar complaint from a friend of mine, and I gently asked her about her ageism experiences and pointed she was doing the same thing to Bernie. She did change her mind on the issue, and there is a good chance she’ll vote fore Bernie. Regarding George, I think it was a set-up question. Our best bet is to bring it to light and use it in reverse.

  • January 11, 2016 at 6:25 am
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    It’s especially crippling to the Hillary camp because she isn’t much younger than Bernie. And there’s rumors floating around abt her mental state to boot. Clearly age isn’t an issue for Bernie. That guy has done more events all over the country compared to other candidates.

  • January 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm
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    We all know Fox has a political agenda to their empire, but from what I’m seeing at Disney/ABC, they have one too, elect Hillary Clinton.

    Stephanopoulis is clearly a Hillary supporter, so I see the unbalanced coverage on his show between Sanders and Clinton.

    But it also seemed unbalanced at the last Democratic debate that ABC hosted. I was disappointed by that ‘reality show’ as they began the thing with stupid sound bites and promos trying to make it seem like an athletic event or feud.

    The very first question was the DNC computer issue and they basically forced Sanders to apologize for something he didn’t do. The debate itself was really just a rerun of the CBS debate, similar questions. Except for the final question about whether Bill Clinton would pick the White House décor. Real cute, that’s talk show nonsense, not a debate issue.

    But the recent polls are proving that maybe I’m not the only one sensing that the media has chosen their candidate and that we don’t agree.

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