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AMAC: Seniors Need to ‘Get Involved’ in The 2012 Presidential Election

‘Help raise the voice of millions of Mature Americans’  –  

BOHEMIA, NY, Apr 27 – “Older Americans can be the most powerful, most decisive voting bloc in this year’s presidential elections,” Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, said. “We need to get involved in politics, big time; in the coming months we need to do what we did in 2010 when we turned Congress and the administration’s socialist agenda upside down.”

Senior voters are credited, to a large extent, with changing the makeup of the Congress two years ago. Although the over-50 generation accounts for between 11% and 14% of the population, in 2010 they accounted for more than 25% of all Americans who voted.

“It was a beginning and now we must follow through. The importance of the 2012 Presidential Elections cannot be overstated. Our very lives depend on the outcome.  Think about it. The future of Social Security and Medicare depend on how serious we take the campaigns of the various politicians vying for office—especially those seeking the presidency. Think about the rapidly rising costs of gasoline, heating oil, food and the other necessities of life,” Weber admonished.

The AMAC chief said that participating in the primaries process underway now is not too soon to start. He exhorted seniors to make an effort to understand the platforms of each candidate, to learn as much as they can about their backgrounds, their integrity and their dependability.

“Most important, seek out any hidden agendas they may have. Voters cast their ballots blindly for Barack Obama in 2008, not fully understanding that some of his policies were contrary to basic American values, healthcare being one of them,” Weber noted.

He said voters must find the national and local candidates “who say what they mean and mean what they say,” and support those individuals as best you can. “Contribute to their campaigns, if you can. Volunteer to work for them. Get your friends and families interested and involved. And then, vote.”

Weber cited comments made by Jim Firman, president and CEO of the National Council on Aging, and urged AMAC members and the rest of the nation’s 40 million Baby Boomers to heed Firman’s words: “America’s seniors have never been a group to stay silent. Collectively, they can help raise the voices of millions of older adults and fight for much-needed services and supports for our most vulnerable population.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue and other topics important to older Americans.  Please contact John Grimaldi at to set up a chat.


The Association of Mature American Citizens [] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those traditional organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.

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  1. Claude says:

    The Founding Virtues of America:

    “No government can render us secure,” James Madison famously observed at the Virginia ratifying convention.
    “To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people is a chimerical idea.”

    The guide to people’s behavior has to come from within.
    They must live by virtues that are like guiding principles of their values based upon industriousness, honesty, marriage, and religiosity.

    For Benjamin Franklin, this meant that “only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”
    “As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” On the other hand, virtue makes government easy to sustain.
    “Lack of virtue makes it necessary for government to be stronger and more prescriptive.”

    “The expense of our civil government we have always borne, and can easily bear, because it is small.” “A Virtuous and laborious people may be cheaply governed.”

    You know what to do. . .

  2. just another old man says:

    All of the issues we citizens may have about this election are eclipsed by another piece of treason!
    Mike Savage released this a few days ago on his radio program.
    Barak Obama has signed a contract with SCYTL company in Madrid Spain. they are an electronics voting processing company Owned by GlobalNet, ( a major contributor to Obama’s campaign ) and George Sores, another major backer of Obama. They bought the previous company, SOE, who handled elections previously.
    They will have all the ballots of the U.S. 2012 election transmitted directly to Madrid and all results tabulated only by SCYTL, with no American oversight or double checking at all. What horrible gall to steal our entire election?
    It doesn’t take much to see that we have lost any control of our own country if they are allowed to get away with this typical socialist scheme.

    Pleas see for yourself ! Log onto the internet and keyword voting fraud- SCYTL.

    Tell everyone you know!

    Why haven’t our representatives said ANYTHING? Do they actually think its a legitament business deal?

  3. Rich Malvestuto says:

    We have to get the word to seniors about the medicare advantage scam the potus is trying to conceal before the elections. How he is using 8.3 billion dollars from the HHS to continue the funding for the advantage plan so the cuts
    in funding for benefits doesn’t take effect in October 2012 like they are supposed to. Using the money will allow the extension of the cuts in benefits to go into effect next year after the election. Basically, it’s a campaign contribution from the taxpayers. He must be stopped and the republicans must do something to stop it. Seniors will be paying more for less and will have to go back to medicare for these benefits.

  4. Angela M. Rosati says:

    Folks, let’s cut the BS…we have to vote for Romney to get obama OUT!!!


    • Joe Keady says:

      I’ll take President Obama to George Bush any day. His brilliance in foreign affairs cost us billions and thousands of lives in a unneeded war and spent millions in contracting out. A strong America with energy policy written by the oil and gas industry that really has the best interests of the country at heart…go for it!

  5. Tom says:

    I must concur with what most of you have said! We are faced with only one choice, and we may not agree with a lot of
    the things Romney stands for, but to say you’re voting your conscience or hoping for a miracle is like adding your name
    to the list that will be the Death Warrant for the USA. And keep your eye on the price of oil too, as the summer looms
    before us… I know, we all want gas prices to drop, but what if they REALLY drop so low and then, watch Obama’s
    approval ratings jump way up! Could they be gearing up for another “September Surprise” like in ’08 with the Lehman
    Bros. bomb? God help us. Pray. Vote. Give your heart to Jesus Christ if you haven’t yet. God bless you and America.

  6. Kenneth R McLean says:

    Obviously Romney doesn’t fit our conservative ideals.If he does get the nomination,as it appears he will,our only hope is that he selects a pro conservative running mate.Even if this doesn’t occur,the worse thing that could happen is re-election of Obama(God help us),not the election of Romney.

  7. Larry says:

    Anyone who would consider either not voting or a protest vote (not for Romney) might want to consider this:

    “If Mitt wins the nomination, as seems very likely, I will enthusiastically support his candidacy. For my friends who have hesitation on that score, I’d just ask you to keep four things in mind: Justice Scalia just turned 78, Justice Kennedy will turn 78 later this year, Justice Breyer will be 76 in August, and Justice Ginsburg turned 81 about a week ago.

    We wish them all well, of course, but the brute fact is that whoever we elect as president in November is almost certainly going to choose at least one and maybe more new members of the Supreme Court — in addition to hundreds of other life-tenured federal judges, all of whom will be making momentous decisions about our lives for decades to come.

    If you don’t think it matters whether the guy making those calls is Mitt Romney or Barack Hussien Obama, just consider who he has already put in place.

    –columnist Andrew McCarthy

    This country has paid a terrible price for liberal judges appointed by liberal presidents. Just look at nutty rulings the check judgepedia. The vast majority of insane, anti-American rulings come from Slick Willy and Carter appointments.
    I’m not at all sure this country can survive a 2nd term of chairman BO.

  8. TimO says:

    If you don’t vote for Romney you can tell everyone that you voted for Obama. One is the same as the other. Tell them that you love the Hope and Change.

  9. gmshoemaker says:

    Romney cannot beat Barack Obama. Santorum is out of the presidential race. He is broke. Gingrich is hanging on hoping that Romney will pay his campaign debts in exchange for Newt getting out of the race.

    There is only one man who has consistently provided the answers to our problems. No one would listen. He was called quirky, radical and he was ridiculed for his common sense views. There is only one man that can beat Obama.

    Ron Paul 2012. If Ron Paul does not win, the riots, inflation and debt will bring an economic tsunami that will wipe us out financially and destroy our children’s and our grandchildren’s futures. God help us.


  10. Lorrie says:

    While Romney does not represent my conservative values, I will vote for him because, at the very least, I won’t have to fear him.

    • gmshoemaker says:


      Ron Paul is the only republican candidate for president that beats Obama in the polls. Romney cannot win against Obama. Voting for Romney is like fighting fire with fire. The Republican Party has brought us 2 Bushes and a McCain. How is that working for us?


  11. Trap says:

    IMO nobody has ever voted for anyone that was 100% in tune with the person running.

    not voting for Romney or voting for nobama is a mistake. I sure has heck would nI ot have picked Romney
    but thinking nobama is better NUTS.

    can you imagine what it will be like to him in for four more yrs with no election ahead to keep him from
    completly destorying the USA and I have felt from day one that was his and his socialist buddies goal.

    nuff said

    God Bless America

  12. Buck Sargent says:

    While Romney wasn’t my first choice as the GOP nominee, Obama doesn’t even make the cut for last choice for Commander-in-Chief. Enough said.

  13. Mac MacKenzie says:

    I dont think I will be voting this Fall,especially if Romney leads the GOP. This clown wants to disband Amtrak? That in itself is enough to destroy my faith in the Republican Party.

    • thigh says:

      No vote is a vote for Obama! U must vote aginst him Amtrak or not! This country needs everyone to vote and get involved. WE all want Obama out he has nothing good in mind for this beautiful place we live. If one thing will keep you home really why bother.Just become a drone. Join the fight raise the stars and stripes and vote for anyone but Obama!

      • mesajohn says:

        Right on, Thigh! Those who might stay home and those Libertarians and others who might normally cast a “protest vote” for an unwinnable candidate need to consider the damage that will be done if Obama gets another four years and vote Republican. No matter what issues you have with the GOP you must weight them against the consequences of another four years of Obama and cast a Republican vote. Vote NObama!

    • Harry B says:

      Why in gods name would we want to keep trying to subsidize sometjhing that is loosing so much money?

    • Terry Harrington says:

      Amtrak is a total joke. Sad joke. Sell it to a private company that would run it for a profit and get it off the taxpayer gravy train.

    • MNiemiec says:

      Why would you not vote for anyone againest Obama. Romney may want to disband Amtrak but Obama wants to disband the entire country of which Amtrak is only a small, very small, part.

    • Linda says:

      Oh please Amtrak is the least of our problems! We dont have any MONEY!! We are so in DEBT!! Let’s get rid of The one biggest problem OBAMA !!!!

    • Joyce says:

      Then you’re voting for Obama. Don’t complain when he dismantles Social Security and Medicare, when your pensions disappear because the stock market and mutual funds have crashed, when some bureaucrat in DC is deciding whether or not you or others in your family can have a medical procedure. Vote for Romney and elect conservatives to the House and Senate. That will accomplish a lot and put Obama out of office. If you’re not part of the solution, as they say, you’re part of the problem.

  14. Roger Howard says:

    I submitted some comments about an hour ago

    Did I step on some toes or what?

    Can you tell me what happened to them.

    • Jack Davis says:

      Don’t know but you might have said something to offend an advertiser, or it might have needed cleaned up. Try it again with different wording and lets all see what happens.YOu will be watched this time. I’m sure.

      • Reiny says:

        Very scary, Donna. I’ve read a few articles coidnntneg that Mitt appears to be the current GOP front-runner and that few take Palin seriously. But we did have 8 years of George W. Bushisms so unfortunately, anything is possible.

    • Robert A Hirschmann says:

      I know how you feel. I submitted a comment yesterday and it disappeared.

  15. T Charles says:

    Raised Irish Catholic Democrat and converted Republican. Agree that Romney eliminates our vote for conservative values and again (thanks to dominance by Republican insiders) presents us conservatives with the distasteful choice between the “lesser of two evils” or a protest vote (Paul, Johnson or Santorum). I expressed my defiance against liberal republican Bush I (Remember “Read my lips,” Exxon-Valdez, “Conservative Justice Souter” etc.) by voting for Ross Perot and, instead, elected Clinton. Newt saved us That wasted vote ended my defiance. As much as I would like to express my dissatisfaction with the “RINO’s,” NOT THIS TIME! The only—only choice is the Republican nominee.

  16. Brooks Carll says:

    As a disabled, retired US citizen living with my Canadian wife as a “permanent resident” of Canada, I have an unusual perspective of our American situation. Since the dilution of the value of the US dollar from the beginning of Obama’s regime, the necessary conversion of my US pension dollars into spendable Canadian money has effectively reduced my pension by about 25%. This gives me an immediate means of measuring the effectiveness of the American economy as compared to that of another modern democracy. Obama’s socialist concepts and the Democrat Senate’s refusal to deliver an actual budget for about three years are quickly destroying our beloved country. They must be removed from office and replaced with the best conservative candidates we can elect. Actively support the Republican candidates locally and nationally, or be prepared to lose America.

  17. Suzanne says:

    Obama was elected because people united around him, those on the left as well as a lot of foolish Christians who didn’t see through his lies and didn’t look at his record. The ONLY way we will defeat him to to be united against him. This is not a time to say I’m not 100% for the nominee so I can’t support him. What nonsense! So you will keep your principles intact and lose the country? A house (or any group) divided against itself cannot stand. The devil has done a good job at uniting his side. Can’t we do at least as well? I will support and pray for Mitt Romney with everything in me. We MUST defeat this evil madman in the white house and rid Washington of all those he put in positions of power.

    • Dr. JT says:

      Obama has contracted with a Spanish company that will tally the votes. You know darn well the vote count will be
      fraudulent. Want to protest? Guess what? By executive order, Obama has declared protesting against HIS “Adminstration” is a felony! I am a Vietnam veteran. I weep for all the young men who died to protect, preserve, and
      defend this Nation…going all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Obama is dismantling this Nation one day at a time. He has his agenda. If he remains in office, be prepared to buy food at a government owned store. Don’t ever cast aside the knowledge that Obama spent a year in Russia learning to be a good socialist. All of his mentors, including professors, leaned towards Socialism. Soros has already stated that the election will be rigged, just as it
      was in 2008. BTW, Obama GAVE the billionaire Soros millions of dollars. Where did the money come from? The
      so called Stimulus Bill.

  18. Emma A. Neill says:

    I was a Democrat for most of my life, but in my mature years, I wised up and became a Republican. I definitely believe if we don’t get Obama OUT, we are in for a Socialist, Muslim, unAmerican country. We cannot, and should not, help to keep Obama for another 4 years. I truly believe he is not an American citizen, but a citizen of Kenya, as his grandma said. So, I pray to God that his man is removed from our top position in our country. Even if I wasn’t for Romney, I will support him, if he is the nominee. Anyone is better than Obama!!

    • Cheryl E. Field says:

      I could not have said it any better. Get Obama “OUT”.

    • Chet Figurski, USMC,DAV says:

      Right on, Emma/

      • Mangesh says:

        , If I control a coentrius money supply and the power to print it I don’t care who makes the laws. Interesting isn’t it on who is getting bailed out. In Rome the goal was to keep the mob fed and entertained. We have football and sports and ultimate fighting. Are these not gladiators.Read about Iceland and what is going on there!!! Also Canadien Scientists are worried about Global Cooling due to the absense of solar activity. Interesting isn’t it? Are we being deceived by well meaning people? The earth has been heating and cooling forever as ice ages and other indicators tell us.Social mood is everything as Robert Prector of Conquer the Crash tells us. We are in a super cycle that can be tracked from the 1700 s.Despair is when we know we have hit bottom. As long as there is hope we will stagnate and free fall. Stop the bail outs and allow recovery to begin. Since when did we get so arogant that the government could believe that it could alleviate pain and suffering for all?

  19. WW2 Marine Veteran says:

    I am a Senior Citizen who faught during WW2 in the Pacific war. I have read the above comments whom appear to be divided on both sides of the political arguments. I find it difficult to believe most of them on both sides. I thought winning WW2 would end our problems, but it appears that did not happen. I am worried about Socialists (like the type in Europe), but I am also worried about the right-wing lies that I keep reading on the Internet. I want to claim being an Independent, but there is no such party to join. I will try to focus on candidates whom I believe sincere for the future of our country, but it is difficult to sort them out. Perhaps I am getting too old to believe in anything anymore. However, I will try to sort out the facts and do the best I can do.

    • Julia Hines says:

      Thank you sir for your service to our great nation. My father-in-law was a veteran of WWII. He was a member of the 1st Special Forces (Devil’s Brigade) or Black Devil’s as the Germans named them. We miss him so much and he was such a guiding force for the family. We never knew until he died that he had a bronze star, a silver star among other honors because he never discussed it. What an amazing generation! Whatever will we do without your brave guidance?

    • Chet Figurski, USMC,DAV says:


  20. Joseph Lee says:

    The money and power of politics is very corrupting, we can’t see the difference in either party nationally, getting rid of all incumbents is our best path.

    • Trap says:

      as for getting rid of all incumbents etc will not IMO work.

      the slots will just be filled with folks that over time will be the same, for the most part.

      TERM LIMITS is the only sure answer. NEVER and I mean never shoulds any person
      get more then two terms. then back home forever and get a dang job.

      God Bless America

    • Sherian says:

      and demand term limits for congress and senate. The people are supposed to be working for us. They aren’t supposed to be in d.c. for a career or to increase thei wealth. We should also demand they cannot come back and be a paid lobbyist.

  21. Chuck Skinner says:

    ONE GOAL………..REMOVE OBAMA AND AS MANY LIBERALS FROM CONGRESS AND THE HOUSE AS POSSIBLE. As going away gift we can buy Obama a new prayer rug.

  22. Roy says:

    We get too many comments from the same people ….. need to hear from the others.

  23. Cleta Howell says:

    For the record: Romney is not Pro-Choice. He is Pro-LIFE. Gov. Mitt Romney has recently been endorsed for President by the National Right to Life Commitee, as well as the Susan B,. Anthony list.

  24. Stan says:

    There are three ways to insure Obama’s reelection: stay home and don’t vote; write in the name of a candidate who meets your ideological specifications; hold on to your money (don’t contribute to a campaign). Folks, PLEASE! Do whatever you can to elect the Republican nominee! Your nation’s future depends on it!

  25. Ronald L. Lingle says:

    I have tears for our great country as we are headed more & more toward liberalism, socialism, and a similarity to socialistic Europe. We must put a stop to this and take our wonderful country back to what it once was. Throw out obamanation and elect Mitt Romney as our next President. Throw out all liberals from congress. Liberalism is a mental disorder. Obamanation hates America and is trying to bring our country to its’ knees. Obamanation is a muslim. He is not qualified due to the fact that he was not born a natural citizen. His college transcripts are hidden and his real birth certificate are hidden. He is a moron and grew up in the islamic religion. Throw the liberals out of congress and elect conservatives to congress. Obamanation is a idiot and a moron.

    • Dr. JT says:

      Very good posting. Did you know that if BHO steals the presidency again, that Muslims are exempt from Obamacare?
      That speaks volumes..Obama has shown he is a Muslim…already knew that…he was declared a Muslim at birth by
      an Iman. In fact, Obama has declared publicly that he is Muslim. What is my point? I’m not sure except for my conclusion that Obama is a Muslim Socialist. Prove me wrong.

  26. Corky Chadderdon says:

    I agree with the statement that if you write in Santorum then you are, in effect, casting a vote for Obama. Although Romney is a bit too moderate for my taste, I do beleive he is the one to draw the Independent vote. If the Republicans run an ultra conservative candidate that does not appeal to the Independents than they will vote for Obama again. America can not survive 4 more years of him.

  27. Don says:

    Don’t get caught in emotion. Yes, at this time it is imperative that the present executive administration be outed but it is most imperative that politicians are pushed at all levels to adhere to sound fiscal and legislative actions in relation to the welfare of this country. It takes an informed electorate. – Michael Savage’s Trickle Down Tyranny is full of real numbers and actions (positive and negative) that can take an interested person forward. There is no need for social and political arguements when the facts speak for themselves. I have seen very few Republicans or Democrats who do not play for the power and money grab. Perhaps you have seen this at your local level in relation to public school boards and teacher unions that totally disregard reality in order to keep the money flowing. Pray for leadership. – Yes we are founded in the principal of God Bless America.

  28. Julia Hines says:

    Whaaaaat!!!!! You would stay home and not vote for Romney because Rick wasn’t the nominee you wanted? I joined AMAC because I thought the organization was patriotic. A patriot always does what is best for the country, you have to consider all of the issues and not be a one issue person. I want a better COUNTRY for my children and grandchildren. It’s not just about me,me, me! I am so tired of the Rick whiners!

  29. Bev Scott says:

    We’ll be alright if we stick together and vote out OBAMA…..GO SENIORS

  30. Marty says:

    If you do not vote for the Republican candidate, it will be a vote for Obama and you will have given your vote to him. At this point we cannot afford to take that risk. What we can do, however, is to concentrate on getting control of our Senate. If that happens, it will give us more control over whomever is President simply by the power of the vote. Where there is resistance, there would be a lot better chance of negotiating with him than Obama. If Obama gets in, on a second term, he has nothing to lose and trust me he WILL complete his goal. A new first term candidate cannot. Please don’t think getting enough people to write-in Santorum would work. Nice thought but historically it never has worked and realistically never will. We need every able-bodied conservative to get out there and vote!

    • Corky Chadderdon says:

      When the Republicans took control of both houses of Congress in 1996 we saw real change, for the better. And Clinton was smart enough to know he had to move to the middle or go down. He gets credit for the great economy during his 2nd term but we all know it was because of the Contract with America. It is critical that we win both houses in the upcoming election. Even more critical than getting rid of Obama. The ecomony was doing alright during Bush’s second term until the Dems took control of both houses in 2006. And conversely, he gets blamed for the bad economic numbers at the end but it was really because of the Dems…..again.

  31. Roger Werner says:

    The goal should be to get Obama out we can do the fine tuning as we go along. Just get he and his communist buddies out of the government.

  32. Barb Pivarnik says:

    I’m SCARED now that Santorum has dropped out. He was what the Republican Party use to stand for . Romney is a Joke and not much better than the clown that is in office now. At this point I’m ready to write in Santorum ‘s name when I vote. I can’t vote for Romney because he’s pro choice and I won’t vote for Obama because he’s out to destroy this country and is just a puppet of Soros

    • Barb Pivarnik says:

      I’m just adding a thought I just had … maybe we can get a internet thing going to get everyone to write in Santorum’s name when they vote. I don’t know enough about computers and the internet to do this but someone out there might know how. At least he’s the most Republican man we’ve got.

    • Stan says:

      Yes, by all means, write in Santorum’s name. That’s just another way to vote for Obama!

      • A E Alderson says:

        Yes indeed write in a name instead of voting for the candidate on the ticket. If that will make you feel so self-satisfied–and vote FOR obama–you must wise up and realize that it is the end of the deal …you Will elect obama if you do that. Sad for you that you are like TOO many sanctimonious folks that recoil in voting for Romney– I do not care for a lot of his views either, but Santorum (would have been my choice) or ANY other person WILL be a vote for the Kenyan-in-residence in OUR White House!!!! So if you like the guy who is NOT a citizen–then go ahead—do NOT complain if you do so.
        You are committing suicide for your country!!!

    • Mac MacKenzie says:

      I cant agree with you more, well put!

  33. Howard White says:

    The Republican party is nominating a man who has an established record in government. It is indistinguishable from Obama’s. What a monumental failure for the party. I have been a life long Republican, I believe in the practicality of a two party system, but find at this juncture I cannot support the Republicans anymore. Where is the spirit that spawned the Contract with America?

    • Dawn Collins says:

      If you don’t support the Republican party just because of your reasons than you don’t support America of the past you will be supporting a America that will be destroy and rebuilt with Obama.

  34. C.R. Gabbard says:

    The Republican leadership has been ineffective since 2010 because the White House is controlled by a socialist-Marxist whose goal is to make America a third world country. Couple that with a Senate and House that rubber-stamped every piece of legislation HE wanted from 2008-2010, the U.S. is close to economic collapse and worse if voters don’t (at least) vote in conservative majorities in both houses of Congress. The future of our children and grandchildren depend upon it.

  35. John Oliff says:

    I couldn’t agree more. But the real question is what is plan B. What if we don’t get obozocare repealed? What if we can’t stop the spending?The Tea Party, AMAC,or Nra has indicated any plan if we lose in November.Given the poor choices and what appears to be the continuation of a completely ineffective republican leadership, none of these possibilities are unreasonable…

    • Dawn Collins says:

      Government control of personal wealth is the first step towards consolidating power over people.
      Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions ABO

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