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AARP is Just Another Liberal Front
Oregon Magazine ^ | January 15, 2006 | Larry Leonard

Posted on 01/15/2006 4:52:40 AM PST by WaterDragon

The American Association of Retired Persons began as an organization dedicated to improving the lives of our elderly. These days it is being run by leftists. When you become a member, part of your dues go to support their political agenda.

It was Winston Churchill who said (in other words) that liberalism is a natural state for the young, and conservatism a natural state for the same people, only a few decades farther down the road. This is a true statement, as all population group surveys prove. The reason for the evolution is time and experience. Life drives out fairy tale philosophies in a statistically significant number of individuals. Radical concepts about the efficacy of income redistribution give way to an understanding that if everybody works for the government, nothing gets done and people starve. France is a mess, Cuba is a mess, North Korea is a mess, the old Soviet Union was a mess and the new Venezuela will shortly be a mess. Liberalism produces exactly the reverse of what it promises, every time and every where it is tried.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aarp; belafonte; commies; elderly; forsale; front; left; nasc

1 posted on 01/15/2006 4:52:43 AM PST by WaterDragon
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To: WaterDragon

<< Last week, the singer, Harry Belafonte, a flaming socialist, stood next to Venezuela's new communist president Chavez and said that G.W. Bush is the world's worst terrorist. Mr. Belafonte was recently selected as a "man of the year" by AARP. If you believe that the people running AARP are ignorant of Mr. Belafonte's political history, you deserve to lose your nation. >>

Yep.


2 posted on 01/15/2006 4:57:59 AM PST by Brian Allen (How arrogant are we to believe our career political-power-lusting lumpen somehow superior to theirs?)
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To: WaterDragon
Liberalism produces exactly the reverse of what it promises, every time and every where it is tried.

That is the best statement I've read today. It would make a fine tag-line.

3 posted on 01/15/2006 4:58:02 AM PST by capt. norm (Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue)
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To: WaterDragon

Good point. One seldom sees criticism of the AARP, and joining is just a knee-jerk given for most people. I will never join and people are puzzled and confused if they find that out.


4 posted on 01/15/2006 5:01:22 AM PST by Old_Grouch (59 and AARP-free)
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To: WaterDragon
AARP is Just Another Liberal Front

I was extremely gratified to see that this was NOT posted to breaking news.

5 posted on 01/15/2006 5:05:05 AM PST by John Valentine
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To: WaterDragon

AARP is not just another liberal organization they are in the main stream of left-wing organizations that make billions by using our tax money to market insurance to older Americans.


6 posted on 01/15/2006 5:18:57 AM PST by YOUGOTIT
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To: WaterDragon

Is there a seniors organization formed in opposition or as an alternative to the AARP?


7 posted on 01/15/2006 5:20:09 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: muir_redwoods

Indeed there is...check out the last paragaph of the article.


8 posted on 01/15/2006 5:22:58 AM PST by WaterDragon
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To: muir_redwoods
Possibilties:

NASCON

USANext
9 posted on 01/15/2006 5:24:15 AM PST by day10 (Be on my side, I'll be on your side, baby...there is no reason for you to hide...)
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To: WaterDragon
We mark all their solicitations "Refused - Return to Sender"
and put a note on the back to the effect telling them to stick their leftist crap where only a colonoscopy will find it. Hopefully they get charged with return postage.
10 posted on 01/15/2006 6:12:34 AM PST by JackSplatt
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To: JackSplatt

Better to mail back their envelope (they pay the return postage) with a note on what scum they are.


11 posted on 01/15/2006 6:35:01 AM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: WaterDragon

I was a member of AARP long ago. I did a lot of traveling and they had some good discounts on hotels, motels and campgrounds. Now that I’m retired and have no need for travel – besides, I have other discounts available now – I want no part of AARP.


12 posted on 01/15/2006 6:38:43 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: muir_redwoods

"Is there a seniors organization formed in opposition or as an alternative to the AARP?"

Check this site out.

http://www.nascon.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.display&page_id=25


13 posted on 01/15/2006 6:46:09 AM PST by JLGALT
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To: Old_Grouch

If you'd like to find out what AARP members are talking about please check out the site below. Just enter as a guest. But, be advised, most of the posters on their message boards are very far leftists!
http://community.aarp.org/rp-legislative/start


15 posted on 01/15/2006 6:50:57 AM PST by JLGALT
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To: YOUGOTIT

I cringe every time I go to register at a motel, as a grey haired person, and see the discount for AARP members. I think something needs to be done about an organization that is so obviously partisan and I would guess a non profit. If a religion were to do what they do, they would be subject to losing their status as a non profit and the advantages that go with it.

I'm betting that discounts for the elderly might be the only reason that people are sucked into giving their money in support of such a mockery of everything the older generation should hold sacred. It became abundantly clear to me during the reign of the Clinton's, what AARP was all about, money and left wing/ liberal politics. The elderly make it all possible.


16 posted on 01/15/2006 6:52:41 AM PST by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: JackSplatt

LOL! I sent mine back with a similar message!


17 posted on 01/15/2006 7:20:38 AM PST by sneakers
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To: wita
"I would guess a non profit."

Not really they were taken to court and made to pay several million in corporate income tax that they said they did not owe. Further, They receive from the federal government (our tax dollars) approximately $10,000 to $15,000 for job placement for senior citizens. The normal job placement service is approximately 1/3 of that but our congress keeps giving them the money because the AARP will do everything they can to defeat them if they do not vote to give money to the AARP.

It is a sad fact that our congress is bought and paid for by the AARP when it comes to buying votes and giving them money.
18 posted on 01/15/2006 7:21:12 AM PST by YOUGOTIT
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To: wita

I have the same reaction. I always tell the desk clerk that AARP should not rate a discount. Fortunately, there are several other ways to get discount. I am a Federal Employee and frequently can get a discount, even when I am not on TDY. AAA discounts are usually the same.


19 posted on 01/15/2006 7:37:38 AM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: R. Scott

The Discounts of AARP are deceiving. You can good deals without the AARP.

AARP financially decieves senior Citizens. AARP puts forth a Mutual Fund managed by the Scudder Fund which does not have the greatest track record. AARP benefits from using the their Logo on all of these types of financial transactions.

There is not such thing as a free lunch. The AARP is an $800 million dollar corporation that benefits the Management of this group & their political agenda. Have you ever seen any of their wealth trickle back to the Members in terms of any dividends?


20 posted on 01/15/2006 8:33:19 AM PST by petkus
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To: petkus

AARP is full of hypocrites. They offer members' advice on retirement accounts, investing, and where to shelter your money from taxes, but will fight tooth and nail to keep the Ponzi scheme of Socialist Security running. The pronunciation of their acronym is appropriate for them.


21 posted on 01/15/2006 8:38:44 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (None genuine without my signature)
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To: WaterDragon

BTTT


22 posted on 01/15/2006 8:41:33 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

On a recent 4000 mile trip I actually had a motel clerk ask if I had a military ID. That was good for the discount. I sometimes ask for commercial rate if I'm on business. I agree, AAA is a much better organization to belong to when in search of discounts.


23 posted on 01/15/2006 8:52:25 AM PST by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

You mean UURP?


24 posted on 01/15/2006 8:54:43 AM PST by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: WaterDragon

I wish they were a principped liberal front -they are just a greedy advocacy group fro the govt. to steal from the young and give to the old.


25 posted on 01/15/2006 9:18:26 AM PST by avile
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To: petkus

As I said - it was long ago. It appears to have the primary purpose of collecting money.


26 posted on 01/15/2006 9:20:44 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: barbcsr

have you seen this?


27 posted on 01/15/2006 9:27:43 AM PST by kstewskis ("Political correctness is intellectual terrorism..." Mel Gibson)
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To: JackSplatt
Same here. I enjoy sending back their postage paid solicitations.

BTW, when our economy slips into european style sclerosis in a decade or two, remember to thank the AARP/Rat coalition for blocking Social Security reform in 2005.
28 posted on 01/15/2006 9:35:08 AM PST by Jacquerie (Democrats soil institutions)
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To: WaterDragon
When you become a member, part of your dues go to support their political agenda.

Gosh, what a shocking revelation!

You don't 'spose that the dirt cheap life insurance for those who are at a risk of using it is funded by more than just the members who pay into it do you?

29 posted on 01/15/2006 9:38:46 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: WaterDragon
From their website...

AARP shortened its name in 1999 from the American Association of Retired Persons to just four letters: AARP

At a Kerry rally in 2004 ( http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1194668/posts ) "The MC told a tired joke about liars in heaven and clocks, then introduced the local AARP chapter leader who babbled about how AARP is really not what it once was and had become just a corporate entity."

They are a leftist organization that has co-opted the membership by hiding under a patina of help for 'the over 50s'.
30 posted on 01/15/2006 10:08:56 AM PST by opbuzz (Right way, wrong way, Marine way)
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To: day10
I recently joined NASCON
Not lots of benefits yet, but new stuff coming on every week. Good solid conservative alternative.
31 posted on 01/15/2006 10:17:15 AM PST by phil1750 (Love like you've never been hurt;Dance like nobody's watching;PRAY like it's your last prayer)
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To: day10; All
NASCON- letter from the founder

Enough is enough. The AARP gives an award and won't even show up to defend it on Bill O'Reilly's television show. Under the guise of representing millions of noble retired Americans, the AARP has been allowed free reign for too long. Their policies are not in touch with the average red head, much less the dozens of red states that constitute the majority of America. For conservatives searching for an answer, there is a safe harbor from this unrelenting storm of liberalism that surges incessantly from the offices of the AARP. It's NASCON, the National Association for Senior Concerns.

If you don't stand for what is right, you stand for what is wrong. The latest slap at the millions of senior conservatives who have had no choice for representation is the awarding of a "Man of the Year" award from the AARP to Harry Belafonte. They are putting on their pedestal a man that said, "Bin Laden didn't come from the abstract. He came from somewhere, and if you look where. you’ll see America's hand of villainy." He is a man that stood on his soap box and proclaimed, "I not only think that they (the leaders of his own country) are misguided, but I think they know exactly what they are doing and I think that they are men who are possessed of evil." He called both Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, "slaves with the privilege of living in the house of the master. exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him." Enough is enough.

NASCON celebrates individual achievement, promotes less government, encourages personal responsibility and endorses a simpler tax code. We don't have all of the discount programs, yet, that our liberal counterparts promote, but we do have a foundation based on conservative values. We do represent the millions of retired Americans, and those not yet retired, who are currently muffled by the AARP. Their views deserve to be heard and we are determined to be that voice. But we need your help to make a difference.

How can you get involved? Join today and begin to make a difference. If this latest rejection of conservative principles has you fuming, make a statement and join NASCON today.

Thank You, Jerry Barton, Founder

32 posted on 01/15/2006 10:22:17 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave ("Liberals out of power are comical-Liberals in power are dangerous!"-Rush Limbaugh.)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

"I always tell the desk clerk that AARP should not rate a discount."

I'll bet that's just the highlight of the clerk's day. What's he expected to do about it, exactly? :)


33 posted on 01/15/2006 10:23:46 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: Las Vegas Dave
NASCON celebrates individual achievement, promotes less government, encourages personal responsibility and endorses a simpler tax code

And don't forget that Al Gore cast the tie-breaking vote to tax social security income. I joined NASCON last year. I'm not sure what 'benefits' I'm hoping they'll offer in time. What I most want is a lobby in Washington that represents the best interests of the elderly, not the best interests of a political party or ideology.

34 posted on 01/16/2006 4:53:17 AM PST by WaterDragon
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