I received this letter in a friend’s e-mail and felt that it would be worthwhile to make it available to everyone that visits my blog—it’s a good read, regardless of one’s political preferences or affiliation. In the interests of full disclosure, I must tell you that the original letter, although written in the first person, was signed by two people, so I took liberties and edited it, including the substitution of the personal plurals of we, us and ours. And I, without the slightest hint of blushing, consider my editing to have significantly improved the original letter.
Hey, it’s my blog—I’m allowed to do that, especially if it adds to, and does not take from, the spirit and intent of the missive.
This is the e-mail I received—the first paragraph is by the sender of the e-mail:
This letter is well written, and it’s a good shot across the bow of AARP. I checked it out and it’s a real letter, and Miller Farms Equine Transport is real. The letter to the AARP says it all, a must read regardless of one’s age. Some people just make sense in what they say, and this couple certainly does that. Their letter was sent to Mr. Rand, the Executive Director of AARP, and is as follows:
Dear Mr. Rand,
Recently you sent a letter encouraging us to renew our lapsed membership in AARP by the requested date. We know this is not the letter you were looking for, but this is the most honest response we 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 AARP’s goals and principles, we regret that we cannot endorse its abdication of our values.
Your letter specifically stated that we may depend on AARP to speak up for our rights, yet the voice we hear is not ours—it’s yours. Your offer of keeping us 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 of the two parties are diametrically opposed, divorce is imminent.
This is the philosophy that spawned our 200 years of government. At one time we looked forward to being part of the senior demographic. We 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, one that we no longer enjoy. The socialist politics practiced by the present administration, and empowered by AARP, serve only to raise the blood pressure our medical insurance strives to contain—clearly a conflict of interest!
We do not understand AARP’s posture. We feel greatly betrayed by the guiding forces that we expected to map out our senior years, and we 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 that offer discounts without threatening our way of life or offending our sensibilities.
This administration scares the living daylights out of us, not just for ourselves, but also for our proud and bloodstained heritage, and even more important, for what our children and grandchildren will inherit. Washington has rendered Soylent Green a prophetic cautionary tale rather than a fictional scare tactic.
We have never endorsed any militant or radical groups, yet now we find ourselves listening to them. We don’t have to agree with them to appreciate the fear that birthed their existence. Their borderline insanity presents little more than a balance to the voice of the socialist mindset of those in power. We became Americans by a great stroke of luck in some cosmic uterine lottery, but as adults we choose to embrace our heritage, and we embrace and nurture the freedoms it represents and the responsibilities it requires.
Your website generously offers us the opportunity to receive all communications in Spanish. Are you kidding? People are breaking into our houses and invading our homes without our invitation or consent. And now our president insists that we keep the invaders in comfort and learn their language so we can communicate our reluctant welcome to them.
We do not choose to welcome them.
We do not choose to support them.
We do not choose to educate them.
We do not choose to medicate them.
We do not choose to feed, clothe or house them.
American home invaders are arrested. Please explain to us why foreign lawbreakers enjoy privileges on American soil that Americans do not have. Legal immigrants must comply with our immigration laws to be welcomed, yet illegal “immigrants” need only break and enter to be welcomed!
We travel for a living. We transport horses all over this great country, averaging more than 10,000 miles a month. While out there we meet more people than a politician overdosed on caffeine. Of all the many good folks we met on our last 10,000 miles, the trip yielded only one supporter of this administration. Either we, or those that determine policy at AARP, are out of touch with mainstream America. Since our poll is conducted without funding, I have more faith in it than any poll which is power driven.
We have decided to forward this letter to everyone on our mailing list, and will encourage all to do the same. With several hundred people in our address book, we have faith that the eventual exponential factor will make a credible statement to you.
We are disappointed as hell.
We are scared as hell.
We are mad as hell and we’re not gonna take it any more!
Walt and Cyndy,
Miller Farms Equine Transport
October 1, 2009 at 11:22 am
Although there is a point or two I find offensive, I certainly agree with the overall sentiment. This week, I was in Dallas and I checked into the Adolphus Hotel, my long-time destination there. I usually get the AARP rate but this time, I told the clerk I wanted the rate but I was no longer a member. She agreed and said, “This has been happening a lot lately. I guess a lot of people are unhappy with the AARP.” As she was somewhere in her 20s, I am not sure she knew what AARP was but her answer shows that the AARP must be losing a tremendous amount of support. Why not? They support a plan that would make healthcare unaffordable for the very people they supposedly represent.
October 2, 2009 at 12:52 pm
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this posting. I always appreciate your input—it makes my efforts worthwhile. I agree with you that some points of the letter are not palatable, and that its value lies in the overall sentiment.
I placed a comment on your posting of “Drama Free (for a moment).” Much kudos for you on your work—it’s a fascinating portrait and art at its best.
I prefaced the word kudos with much because the word has no plural form. Kudos comes from the Greek language—it means glory, and is defined as praise and honor received for an achievement. Kudos come in volume rather than in numerical multiples—the word can stand for much kudos or for a lesser volume of kudos.
For your work on the portrait you richly deserve much kudos.
SPECIAL NOTE: The explanation above is not tendered for your benefit (I have no doubt that you are aware of the odd characteristics of the word kudos). I added the explanation to this comment only for the benefit of any reader that may be unaware that, in the spirit of grammatical correctness, one can neither receive nor give many kudos, but may give or receive much kudos.