Well, I love my family and friends like no other, but I still can’t shut my mouth when we see things from different perspectives. Luckily I haven’t lost any friends or family over this big electronic mouth of mine…I’ve even made a few during discussions (some heated, some not) with friends, and even friends of friends on facebook. It’s going pretty well, but hopefully, my dear Grandma understands when she gets this response to her email forward tonight. I’ve held my tongue mostly til now, though she knows my stance politically. I don’t know if she sends them to me to try to persuade me to change my mind, or if she just sends them to a bunch of people in her address book… regardless, here’s how it went. Already hit send, reply to all… Am I a jerk?
Email forward from dear Grandma:
“Excellent letter to AARP
This was sent to the Executive Director of AARP.
THIS LADY NOT ONLY HAS A GRASP OF ‘THE SITUATION’ BUT AN INCREDIBLE COMMAND OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!
This has been authenticated by Snopes –
Dear Mr. Rand,
Recently you sent us a letter encouraging us to renew our lapsed
membership in AARP by the requested date. I know it is not what you
were looking for, but this is the most honest response I can give you.
Our gap in coverage is merely a microscopic symptom of the real
problem, a deepening lack of faith.
While we have proudly maintained our membership for several years and
have long admired the AARP goals and principles, regrettably, we can no
longer endorse it’s abdication of our values. Your letter specifically
stated that we can count on AARP to speak up for our rights, yet the
voice we hear is not ours. Your offer of being kept up to date on
important issues through DIVIDED WE FAIL presents neither an impartial
view nor the one we have come to embrace. We do believe that when two
parties agree all the time on everything presented to them, one is
probably not necessary. But, when the opinions and long term goals are
diametrically opposed, the divorce is imminent. This is the philosophy
which spawned our 200 years of government.
Once upon a time, we looked forward to being part of the senior
demographic. We also looked to AARP to provide certain benefits and
give our voice a power we could not possibly hope to achieve on our
own. AARP gave us a sense of belonging which we no longer enjoy. The
Socialist politics practiced by the Obama administration and empowered
by AARP serves only to raise the blood pressure my medical insurance
strives to contain. Clearly a conflict of interest there!
We do not understand the AARP posture, feel greatly betrayed by the guiding forces that we expected to map out our senior years and leave your ranks with a great sense of regret. We mitigate that disappointment with the relief of knowing that we are not contributing to the problem anymore by renewing our membership. There are numerous other organizations which offer discounts without threatening our way of life or offending our sensibilities.
This Presidential Administration scares the living daylights out of us.
Not just for ourselves, but for our proud and bloodstained heritage. But even more importantly for our children and grandchildren. Washington has rendered Soylent Green a prophetic cautionary tale rather than a nonfiction scare tactic. I have never in my life endorsed any militant or radical groups, yet now I find myself listening to them. I don’t have to agree with them to appreciate the fear which birthed their existence. Their borderline insanity presents little more than a balance to the voice of the Socialist mindset in power. Perhaps I became American by a great stroke of luck in some cosmic uterine lottery, but in my adulthood I CHOOSE to embrace it and nurture the freedoms it represents as well as the responsibilities it requires.
Your website generously offers us the opportunity to receive all communication in Spanish. ARE YOU KIDDING??? Someone has broken into our ‘house’, invaded our home without our invitation or consent. The
President has insisted we keep the perpetrator in comfort and learn the
perp language so we can communicate our reluctant welcome to them.
I DON’T choose to welcome them.
I DON’T choose to support them.
I DON’T choose to educate them.
I DON’T choose to medicate them, pay for their food or clothing.
American home invaders get arrested. Please explain to me why foreign lawbreakers can enjoy privileges on American soil that Americans do not get?
Why do some immigrants have to play the game to be welcomed and others only have to break & enter to be welcomed?
We travel for a living. Walt hauls horses all over this great country, averaging over 10,000 miles a month when he is out there. He meets more
people than a politician on caffeine overdose. Of all the many good folks he enjoyed on this last 10,000 miles, this trip yielded only ONE
supporter of the current administration. One of us is out of touch with
mainstream America. Since our poll is conducted without funding, I have
more faith in it than one which is power driven.
We have decided to forward this to everyone on our mailing list, and will encourage them to do the same. With several hundred in my address book, I have every faith that the eventual exponential factor will make a credible statement to you.
I am disappointed as hell.
I am scared as hell.
I am MAD as hell, and I’m NOT gonna take it anymore!
Walt & Cyndy
Miller Farms Equine Transport
I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO KEEP THIS MOVING FORWARD”
And my response:
I’m sorry, [I love you Grandma!], but I have to say I disagree with every part of that letter, but maybe that’s because I’m still under 30 for a couple more years. 🙂
What does AARP have to do with politics anyway? I think this gal is barking up the wrong tree. The fact that their website information is available in Spanish shows that they respect the fact that people who immigrate here are also Americans.
The belief that everyone should have access to decent health care is not Socialist. I don’t have affordable access to health care right now; I was born in this country, have been employed since I was of age, have a college degree, and pay my taxes just like everyone else. The fact that I work for small businesses, am a contract employee or have done seasonal work (not to mention my friend who is my age who has suffered from lymphoma and been refused health insurance as this qualifies as a “pre-existing condition”)… these are reasons I have not seen a doctor, dentist, nor optometrist in quite a few years. This is also why my friend has to come up with thousands of dollars if he needs bloodwork and tests done to see if his cancer has returned. Or he could just sit and wonder I guess, since he is a Graphic Designer who does contract work supplemented by part-time work for a small business as well.
No matter what you hear on FOX News, other countries are kicking our ass in the health care department. It’s time to reevaluate. Unfortunately, the health care bill is getting bogged down with frivolous issues while the ones that really need to be addressed are being thrown off the table.
Ok, enough. I respect your opinions whether or not you agree with the letter’s stance. Just had to put it out there that this is not something I can say I agree with.
Love to All,