That's a neat short story You should submit it to Reader's Digest ...
old people are inclined to say. It's not that I think the past was better, it wasn't. But it was certainly better spoken. Reading a book today I picked up this exchange between William Pitt the Elder and the Prime Minister of the day Sir Robert Walpole the first de facto Prime Minister of England and a Whig and who declared that famous event The War of Jenkins Ear. In his old age he took a dislike to the young leading light of the Tory party, William Pitt.
In Parliament he rebuked Pitt for his youth, whereupon Pitt stood and right off the cuff said "The atrocious crime of being young, which the Honourable Gentleman has with such spirit and decency charged upon me, I shall attempt neither to palliate nor deny, but content myself with wishing that I shall be one of those whose follies shall cease with their youth, and not of that number who are ignorant in spite of experience." thus turning the charge directly back upon the man who made it as someone ignorant despite his age and experience.
All of that sort of intelligence and wit seems to have leaked out of politics on both sides of the aisle.
Pitt served as Prime Minister, and was later followed by his son who was so ferociously intelligent that he became Prime Minister at age 24 in 1783, and was the Prime Minister who followed the Peace Treaty ending the American Revolution. His problems were primarily the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon.
He was gravely asthmatic, or so I recall, and treated his shortness of breath with brandy, which undermined his health. He died at age 47 in 1806 in office for the second time.