Skip to comments.NASCON: The AARP Alternative for Conservatives?
Posted on 01/01/2006 1:04:41 PM PST by Nasty McPhilthy
For those of us who have been stuck out in the cold, at last it appears that we have an alternative to the extremist Left-wing organization AARP. For years now conservatives have known that the AARP which purported to represent all retired people and those of us over fifty was in actuality a Left-wing organization with an extremist socialist agenda. AARP has been busy acting in the interest of the Democrat Party rather than the interests of the elderly.
In spite of the many discount programs offered for being a member a great many of us, myself included, refused to join AARP simply because of their political agenda. It has been a long time coming, but it now appears that we conservatives finally have an alternative. The decision by AARP to name Harry Belafonte as their Man of the Year was sufficient insult to Conservative Americans to inspire Jerry Barton, a retired businessman to begin NASCON, the National Association for Senior Concerns. NASCON opened its doors (figuratively speaking) in September of this year. NASCON is setup on the AARP model as a private S corporation with an associated 501c3 foundation. Jerry Barton issued a statement following the announcement by AARP of their selection of Harry Belafonte as their Man of the Year, in part saying:
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. youll 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.
It is truly a great feeling to have an organization to represent those of us in or near retirement age with views similar to my own. I have long lamented the fact that holding firm in my own political and philosophical beliefs was costing me money in the form of discounts offered by AARP which were unavailable to non-members. NASCON does not yet have the full slate of discounts for the elderly that AARP offers, but as there are more conservatives than Liberals in America, it wont be long before the full panoply of benefits offered by AARP will be available to members of NASCON.
With the organization being only four months old, it has a lot of growing to do, but it has already been recognized and saluted by the Heritage foundation. Jerry Bartons efforts have been saluted by Steve Forbes (of Forbes Magazine), Drew Bond (publisher of TownHall.com), Sean Hannity (of Fox News) and Peter Marshall, the former game-show host, has agreed to be the national spokesman and honorary Chairman.
Heritage Foundation writer Brian McNicoll wrote in a TownHall Op-Ed:
Barton is a longtime supporter of conservatives and their causes. He served as finance chairman for one of Mitch McConnells Senate campaigns. He has worked with John Linder, Johnny Isaacson and Saxby Chambliss.
Now, he wants to use his connections. Boortz is going to host a coming-out gathering for the group in August, Sean Hannity is reportedly ready to help, and Peter Marshall, the former game-show host, is the honorary chairman and national spokesman to take on AARP. Why? He believes its becoming one of the most dangerous organizations in America, says his son, Stuart, who will help honcho the new organization, known as the National Association for Senior Concerns (http://www.nascon.org on the web). He wants to punch AARP in the nose.
And what about USA Next, the longtime voice of conservative seniors for whom Art Linkletter is the national spokesman? If attacking AARP is the goal, USA Next is well on its way. Items on its web site include Seven Deadly Sins of AARP and AARP against taxpayers and AARP against trustees of Social Security.
Stuart Barton says the group has had its chance and has yet to make a dent. We have a plan to make an impact for our members on the issues they care about, he says. Its taken them 20 years to get 1.5 million members. Well have that in 18 months.
It sounds like we on the Right may finally have an organization with the guts to stand up to the bomb throwers on the Left. It is about time that AARP is taken down a few pegs. They no more represent the best interests or the rank and file elderly person than does NAMBLA represent the best interests of young boys. For far too long we on the Right have acquiesced to organizations with euphemistic names like People for the American Way and American Association of Retired Persons claiming to represent all Americans while in actuality working for their own extreme Left-wing Socialist Agenda.
I have long lamented the lack of choice for us old folks, and now it appears that we finally have the advocacy for which we have been looking. It will require some time to see if this organization can live up to its promise, but I for one am going to sign up to become a member and recommend that other conservatives do the same. A one year membership is only $15.00 and that is a small enough price to pay for the chance to get equal lobbying representation in the halls of Congress.
The mere chance that the tremendous clout of such an anti-American, anti-capitalism, anti-Bush, and clearly anti-Republican organization could be diluted and broken is a long looked for promise. All I can say is WOO-HOO! Lets get it on yall!
AARP is awful.
Anyone but AARP.
Thank You for this post, I just joined 1/1/2006.
"Boortz is going to host a coming-out gathering..."
Interesting choice of words here. Boortz is a big time fag sympathizer. Thankfully one of the stations I listen to gave up his show in favor of Laura Ingraham so I don't have to listen to him any more.
I belonged to AARP for over 15 years and dropped my membership when it came due this year.These people are the most self centered people in the country and I would hate to think I was so selfish. They only care about themselves and could care less if they leave this nation broke as long as they get their big kickbacks from the companies they do business with. The only future they care about is their own and they only represent people with big bucks not the poor and needy on SS. I personally on my own can beat any deal they offer just researching on the computer. Unfortunately it is about what they make at the expense of those they represent. I challenge anyone that belongs to the organization to do their own research on the items AARP offers and I will bet they can find better deals individually around their own hometown. AARP just funnels money left and right to its directors one way or the other and they are more of a Liberal Political Machine than anything else.
|Did you know that the AARP has received over $1 BILLION in taxpayer dollars over the past 20 years?|
Thanks for the heads up.
I received a membership solicitation a few days after the Belafonte fiasco. I sent it back to AARP executive offices (not the mail drop) and told them they could pull it out of Harry's ass....
My renewal and the Harry Belafonte issue arrived within a week of each other...The renewal and the magazine were thrown in the trash after about twenty years of membership.
The only reason I have maintained the ARRP membership was travel discounts and my travel has dropped considerably so it was not a hard decision.
I don't see much of a reason to join NASCON yet but those of you that would like to look go to:
Is NASCON the organization whose founder was spamming FR treads a year or so ago?
We only joined AARP because of their medigap policy which
is run by United Health Group. They do not cancel you
nor do they raise your rates because of your age. I would
love to be in this new group but know nothing about
Medicare Advanced Specialists, their medigap insurance
provider. What if they went bankrupt? Between medicare &
AARP we have never had any out-of-pocket expenses & the
financial viability of United Health gives us peace of mind. That's why we put up with AARP, though we have to
hold our noses much of the time.
AARP's deals are not that great.
Most hotels also also use AAA for the same rates.
I agree...With a little research, one does not need AARP.
Does any one know if usanext is worth joining. AARP trashed uasnext in its magazine last year.
They better have very deep pockets.
I checked once back in 1999 about sponsor fees.
At the time the 24 car (Team Hendrick/Jeff Gordon) wanted $25,000.00 for the "B" post (behind the drivers head) on ONE side of the car for ONE race.
That is a space about 18" tall and 4" wide, 72 square inches or $347.23 per square inch.
And that was in 1999 prices...
AARP likely trashed usanext because it is worth joining.
Maybe others here can post personal experiences.
This might be another useful source of information.
I joined AARP because I found their auto and home insurance much lower with better coverage than I could find anywhere else. I have also found out from the Hartford that as long as I continue my insurance with them I do not need to be a member of AARP and so I will not be renewing my membership. They said that if I was to drop my insurance and later want to start again, then I would have to rejoin AARP in order to get the insurance. So there is an out for all AARP subscribers.
I joined USANext and made a long, rambling loop from Texas, AZ, NM, CO and back, no one had heard of USANext (motels, etc.), no problem, I'm not a shuffleboard playing, Florida bound geezer driving a motorhome towing a handy little SUV asking for discounts at every stop either. I joined to support what I think might be a good thing. My experience: There was no follow-up after joining and so far, no one is really getting the word out there although I mentioned USANext at every chance.
Drop 'em 15 bucks and help them out but you can get the same discount by asking at the front desk anyhow!
Conservatives are pretty self-reliant, I think that's why these little "movements" sort of fizzle out, hope not but I haven't seen much to change my point of view. Anyone else? I would like to be proven wrong on this--very much.