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We Didn't Leave AARP...AARP Left Us
American Thinker ^ | 09/25/2012 | Russ Vaughn

Posted on 09/25/2012 5:17:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The report of the AARP convention booing Paul Ryan the other day made me just shake my head and smile wryly. These are the kind of fools who'd boo the man trying to save their bacon while they remain content to blindly follow a leftist leadership that has sold its organizational soul to liberal orthodoxy.

Like millions of Americans, I received my courtesy membership to AARP upon nearing fifty, some two decades ago. At the time, this free milestone membership, available to all Americans of that age, was the source of much merriment among such new members' younger friends and colleagues. But membership did offer benefits -- among them a free monthly magazine, which back then was a rather colorless, stodgy production full of unappealing ads for drugs, insurance, and esoteric health aids we new readers hoped we'd never need.

That bland format began to change during the 1990s to a much slicker, more professionally produced publication featuring more bright colors and dynamic graphics; it was easy to see that the AARP magazine had been taken over by an entirely new journalistic crew. Such changes would have been welcome were it not for the fact that they accompanied a change in content, from the usual, relatively neutral advice to seniors on issues that were pertinent to their specific demographic to political advocacy regarding larger social issues that reflected a decidedly leftist sympathy. I thought of them as Newsweek in a wheelchair.

Initially, conservative readers had to wonder if the AARP board had allowed a bunch of liberal journalists to hijack their periodical, but as time passed, it became increasingly apparent that the entire organization had performed a major sidestep left.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aarp; liberals; seniors

1 posted on 09/25/2012 5:17:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
TO ALL SENIORS OUT THERE... CONSIDER THIS ORGANIZATION INSTEAD...



Better than AARP. Check out AMAC, Association of Mature American Citizens? 50+ Better for You, Better for American. Click on this link and sign up today : AMAC
2 posted on 09/25/2012 5:19:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
I still use my AARP card.




I cut it up into three nice medium-light guitar picks. They play Bluegrass real nice.
3 posted on 09/25/2012 5:21:33 AM PDT by John 3_19-21 (Obama's biggest challenge in this election; reality.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I joined at the launch of AMAC as I have always known aarp as a supporter of liberal and socialist policies.


4 posted on 09/25/2012 5:22:40 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: G Larry

May we know if you found any huge difference in terms of service and benefits after joining AMAC compared to the AARP?


5 posted on 09/25/2012 5:25:00 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yep better than AARP. Only value I ever got from my AARP card was 10% Motel 6 discount. For a long time AARP was only discount offered by Motel 6. Recently Motel 6 started offering same discount to AMAC.


6 posted on 09/25/2012 5:28:51 AM PDT by Reddon
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To: SeekAndFind

Disgusting what they’ve done with the AARP (as they do with EVERYTHING they get their filthy paws on). - We’re in our late 60’s, and we haven’t sent AARP a dime in years. Joined AMAC instead; of course, AARP still is well-bankrolled enough by leftists that they still send us their slick propaganda. (Oh, and they started on us as I remember when we were barely out of our 40’s!) - DISGUSTING they booed PAUL RYAN, evidently in favor of geriatric gaffer Joe Biden.


7 posted on 09/25/2012 5:31:49 AM PDT by Twinkie (Barack Hussein Obama - An American Tragedy.)
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To: SeekAndFind

There are a growing number of enterprises providing AMAC discounts.

BUT THAT IS NOT THE POINT!!!

Are you really going to support an organization like aarp, who profits from MARKETING SOCIALISM....just to obtain a 10% discount a couple times a year??


8 posted on 09/25/2012 5:38:11 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: John 3_19-21

“I cut it up into three nice medium-light guitar picks. They play Bluegrass real nice.”

GREAT RECYCLING IDEA! I’ve been feeding all the cards that come in the mail to my shredder. AARP must mail us both hubby and I at least twice a week BEGGING us to join. They always include a card - from now on I’ll save them for my son who plays the guitar.


9 posted on 09/25/2012 5:38:26 AM PDT by Mrs. B.S. Roberts
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To: SeekAndFind
AARP Discounts are not that great. For instance, if over 50, 55, 60, 62, or 65 (example ages), you can find out online what discounts are available. In Fayetteville NC, almost every store (Sears, Lowes, HomeDepot, Golden Coral, etc.) give a 10% military discount for anyone with any DoD ID Card.

Many AARP members today are holdovers who have a lifetime membership.

SENIOR DISCOUNTS IF YOU GET THIS AND YOU ARE NOT A SENIOR....YOU WILL BE....PASS IT ON....... Gone are the days of your grandmother’s “early bird special” at the local diner. As our baby boomers reach retirement age, hundreds of retailers are featuring new and improved discounts exclusively for the 60 and older crowd. We have composed a list of senior savings that will help you keep more cash in your pocket.. Whoever said getting older was a bad thing, obviously didn’t know about these fantastic senior discounts! Restaurants * Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+) * Arby’s: 10% off (55+) * Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+) * Bennigan’s: discount varies by location * Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+) * Boston Market: 10% off (65+) * Burger King: 10% off (60+) * Captain D’s Seafood: discount varies on location (62+) * Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+) * Chili’s: 10% off (55+) * CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+) * Culver’s: 10% off (60+) * Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+) * Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee (55+) * Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+) * Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter (55+) * Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+) * Golden Corral: 10% off (60+) * Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+) * IHOP: 10% off (55+) * Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+) * KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+) * Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+) * Long John Silver’s: various discounts at participating locations (55+) * McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday (55+) * Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+) * Shoney’s: 10% off * Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+) * Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+) * Subway: 10% off (60+) * Sweet Tomatoes 10% off (62+) * Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+) * TCBY: 10% off (55+) * Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+) * Village Inn: 10% off (60+) * Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+) * Wendy’s: 10% off (55+) * White Castle: 10% off (62+) Retail and Apparel * Banana Republic: 10% off (50+) * Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+) * Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+) * Big Lots: 10% off * Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days (55+) * C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+) * Clarks: 10% off (62+) * Dress Barn: 10% off (55+) * Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location) * Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location) * Kmart: 20% off (50+) * Kohl’s: 15% off (60+) * Modell’s Sporting Goods: 10% off * Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions * Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+) * The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (55+) * Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+) Grocery * Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month (55+) * American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (50+) * Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+) * DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+) * Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+) * Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday (55+) * Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+) * Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+) * Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+) * Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location) * Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location) * Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+) * The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday (50+) * Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (55+) * Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+) * Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 5% off (62+) Travel * Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+) * Alamo: up to 25% off for AARP members * American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount) * Amtrak: 15% off (62+) * Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members * Best Western: 10% off (55+) * Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+) * Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+) * Clarion: 20%-30% off (60+) * Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) * Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+) * Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations * Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+) * Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+) * Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members * Greyhound: 5% off (62+) * Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance * Hertz: up t0 25% off for AARP members * Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+) * Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+) * InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+) * Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+) * Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+) * Motel 6: 10% off (60+) * Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (55+) * National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members * Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) * Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) * Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) * Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) * Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50 and up * United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) * U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) Activities & Entertainment * AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+) * Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+) * Busch Gardens Tampa: $3 off one-day tickets (50+) * Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+) * Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off * U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+) * Regal Cinemas: 30% off * Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+) * SeaWorld Orlando: $3 off one-day tickets (50+) Cell Phone Discounts * AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+) * Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+) * Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+) *Check out our Secret Cell Phone Discounts to view all cell phone discounts available to you! Miscellaneous * Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (60+) * Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+) Since many senior discounts are not advertised to the public, our advice to men and women over 55 is to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a senior discount. That way, you can be sure to get the most bang for you buck

10 posted on 09/25/2012 5:45:44 AM PDT by Jumper
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To: SeekAndFind

AARP and PBS are large Corporations more profit oriented than General Motors.. and PBS is not very PUBLIC anymore..

AARP and PBS are shams.. selling products.. in PBS’s case at very inflated prices.. ONLY a fool is fooled by either one of them..


11 posted on 09/25/2012 5:47:04 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: SeekAndFind

The MSM is certainly pointing out the “boo”. . .An honest report would indicate there was also bouts of very resounding applause.


12 posted on 09/25/2012 5:51:27 AM PDT by beethoven
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To: SeekAndFind

I want to thank AARP for the junk mail I use starting my wood stove. Is there anything worth reading?


13 posted on 09/25/2012 5:57:47 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: SeekAndFind

AARP Delenda Est.


14 posted on 09/25/2012 6:03:58 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Mrs. B.S. Roberts

“AARP must mail us both hubby and I at least twice a week BEGGING us to join.”

And don’t forget to fill their return envelope with junk mail or garbage and send it back. I believe they get charged for the pre-paid enveloped mailed back.


15 posted on 09/25/2012 6:21:19 AM PDT by Londo Molari
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To: SeekAndFind

When they send me stuff, I like to cut it up in small pieces, put it in the return envelope a note, something like: “Go to to hell you liberals!” I’m pretty sure all it does to them is cost them a quarter, but it makes me feel warm inside.


16 posted on 09/25/2012 6:23:24 AM PDT by lrdg
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To: Londo Molari; Mrs. B.S. Roberts
“I believe they get charged for the pre-paid enveloped mailed back.”

Yes, they get charged a bunch, and it is based on weight, so pack em full. I like to send them expired coupons, all that can be packed in an envelope.

17 posted on 09/25/2012 6:43:50 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: lrdg

Never thought of AARP as a liberal organiztion...didn’t much pay attention to that part. But what I have always thought is AARP is an insurance scam.

I’ve found that for hotel discounts...you only have to claim you’re a senior to get the ‘discounted’ price. No one has ever asked to see or AARP card. Which is good...as we don’t have an AARP card.


18 posted on 09/25/2012 6:44:57 AM PDT by conservaKate (My vote will be against the One...not FOR Mittens.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Why do Republicans still go into these mine fields....who gives a good g%d damn what AARP thinks...we already know whose side they're on!!!
19 posted on 09/25/2012 6:53:31 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Beagle8U

I enjoy wrapping a brick in brown paper and taping the first class return envelope to it. Great use for old bricks that you can pick up.


20 posted on 09/25/2012 6:54:55 AM PDT by damper99
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To: John 3_19-21
I am a little more diabolical I write “I don't contribute ti socialist organizations" and mail it back in the postage paid envelope. Means they're out twice the postage!!
21 posted on 09/25/2012 6:58:09 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Beagle8U

OOOOOOH, thanks for the tip. I’ll be sure to “return to sender!”


22 posted on 09/25/2012 7:05:12 AM PDT by Mrs. B.S. Roberts
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To: SeekAndFind

GenerationAmerica.org ~ AARP alternative.


23 posted on 09/25/2012 7:06:00 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust! (5/7/12, I guess it's bust.))
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To: SeekAndFind
Well, this cannot possibly be true.

An Obama ad the other day referred to AARP as a totally non-partisan entity.

< /sarcasm >

24 posted on 09/25/2012 7:10:36 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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AARP is disgustingly immoral in the way they deceive and take advantage of seniors who don't have access to an alternative message.
25 posted on 09/25/2012 7:17:36 AM PDT by Baynative
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To: SeekAndFind

AARP is ACLU with wrinkles.


26 posted on 09/25/2012 7:25:47 AM PDT by RingerSIX (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccine that they offer down at our Church.)
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To: Mrs. B.S. Roberts

I received my first AArp the other day. I performed my conservative duty by writing a paragraph concerning their traitorous support of Obamacare and mailed it back.


27 posted on 09/25/2012 7:46:45 AM PDT by taterjay
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