I really don’t care much for sports at all. I’d like to go as far as saying football should be declared illegal. I don’t say that just because I don’t like to watch it. I say that because of the brain damage happening in football. The most recent case I’ve noticed concerns Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkington. Fran was a hero who played the “people’s sport.” He is now a retired senior citizen 1%er whose main concern is making sure the wealthy don’t get any tax increases. He is now making money doing radio commercials saying he is frustrated with the liberal organization, AARP (American Association of Retired Persons).
The AARP is an organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life for people age 50 and over. It has 40 million members and is non-partisan and does not support, oppose or give money to any candidates or political parties. The AARP’s is focused on hunger, income, housing and isolation of those over 50. Their vision is “a country that is free of poverty where no older person feels vulnerable.” That vision I suppose is way too liberal for conservatives (and football players like Fran who have suffered brain damage). That is why we now have several conservative senior citizen organizations as alternatives to AARP. The organization Tarkington is promoting is AMAC (Association of Mature American Citizens) it has various claims of anywhere from 330,000 to 1,000,000 dues-paying members. It was founded by Dan Weber a retired insurance agency owner. Weber feels our present government is now socialist and he is opposed to safety nets and any talk of social inequity. They are a Christian “family values” organization that is anti-choice, pro gun, and wants to fix Social Security by privatizing it. Their Social Security reform proposal calls for extending the retirement age. The AMAC is promoted by Townhall.com and other far right media organizations.
Then we have ASA the Atlanta-based American Seniors Association. This organization has 60,000 members who they claim are targeting the “radical agenda” of AARP. Their main concerns are privatizing Social Security, opposing immigration reform and overhauling Medicare which they call the most abused and wasteful federal program. The ASA’s website says, “We are not some big liberal bureaucracy here to try to scare you into going along with Big Government.” ASA claims 200,000 members
The 60 Plus Association is another right-wing alternative to AARP. This group was started by Jim Martin, a former political reporter who went on to work in the conservative movement. 60 Plus spent $3.5 million on an advertising campaignfeaturing singer Pat Boone that targeted Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and four other Democratic legislators, claiming their support of the health-care act would result in Medicare cuts. Nelson won his race and later was appointed chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. The 60 Plus Association have been a front for the pharmaceutical industry since its beginning. About 91% of their multi-million dollar revenue comes from Big Pharma. Jim Martin, the 60 Plus President, acknowledged this in interviews saying, “I wish it was more.”
The American Family Association (AFA) urged its supporters to call the AARP and cancel their memberships and join the American Seniors Association (ASA). Just 15 percent of the people who called AARP to cancel membership were actually even members. Perhaps, a touch of senioritis? The American family Association is a fundamentalist Christian organization founded in Tupelo, Mississippi. They are an anti-union, anti any religion except Christianity and anti-gay organization that owns 200 radio stations. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has listed them as a hate group for the “propagation of known falsehoods” and the use of “demonizing propaganda” against the LGBT community.
Generation America, a conservative Texas-based group started by a restaurant entrepreneur claims former game show host Chuck Woolery as a spokesman. The above senior organizations and many more exist to promote conservative American values over really caring about seniors. Even when you become elderly these organizations that represent big pharma and the 1% are not through trying to divide and weaken you along partisan lines. You might be retired but these corporate owned conservative organizations are not going to retire from attacking your earned benefits.
The GOP loved the AARP when that organization backed President G W Bush’s 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act, which created Medicare Part D. The GOP ended their love affair in 2009 when the AARP supported President Obama’s initiative for U.S. health care reform. It is funny that anyone would consider AARP liberal when they have many conservative corporate sponsors like; Walmart, Pepsi and Proctor & Gamble. The GOP will never cease trying to either destroy Social Security or handing it over to Wall Street. We now have all these conservative organizations opposing the AARP because it is the one organization that can be counted on to protect Social Security.
Robert Wyatt: “At Last I Am Free”
“Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” ~ Bette Davis