During the lengthy, contentious and confusing debate on health care reform last April, Nancy Pelosi said “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” It was probably the most flagrant example of the “shut-up” mentality that pervades the Washington establishment these days. What’s more, the mainstream media essentially gave her a pass, failing to ask the obvious question: “What are you trying to hide?”
Indeed, the health care mega-bill, now the law of the land, is big enough at 2,500 pages to hide a multitude of surprises, a few of them make sense but many of them are downright contrary to the needs and desires of a vast segment of the U.S. population.
In fact, the new law is so antithetical to both the right and the left that repeal is fast becoming a viable option for redress. “Republicans strongly oppose it, independents are wary of it and a surprising number of Democrats also want it overturned,” according to the Congressional newspaper, The Hill. Citing an independent pre-midterm election survey, The Hill reported that 56 percent of all voters and 23 percent of Democrats who responded in the poll said they wanted the health care legislation repealed. [If you want to know why, click here for a comprehensive discussion of the facts.]
Health Care, tax policies, debt reduction, employment, the housing disaster and education are some of the issues AMAC is tackling on behalf of the vast segment of our population that might appropriately be described as America’s silenced majority.
You wouldn’t know it from the rhetoric inside the beltway that an overwhelming number of us, including nearly half of all Democrats, want to see lower taxes, less government spending and less government regulation. Meanwhile, the nation must deal with the housing, employment and education crises we face All of this impacts our prospects for the future and those of our families, undermining our values and the very way we live our lives.
Thus, it is AMAC’s aim to help preserve the traditions that have made the U.S. a beacon for the world and to ensure the future for our children and grandchildren. Our strategy is simple: we are letting people have their say. And, as our numbers grow, the voice of the people will get louder and louder, equaling and surpassing the din that has kept us mute for so long.
We are not an association for retired persons too timid to take a stand; rather, we are a forum for those who will no longer be silenced by the political apparatus in Washington. Nor will we allow the media to reinterpret our heritage, our principles, our standards.
AMAC is a vibrant, vital 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 others 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.
A Gallup Poll conducted in early October shows that 42% of Americans describe themselves as conservative or very conservative on social and economic issues, yet a Pew Research Center survey of journalists shows that only six percent of them consider themselves to be conservative. It’s not surprising, therefore, that Pew also says conservative opinions are under-represented in national journalism while liberal views are over-represented.
Is it so far-fetched to say that the media is using its influence to muster a new kind of counterculture that is intent on establishing a socialist agenda for our country?
The preponderance of television news programs, print media and Internet blogs unabashedly espouse progressive views. They have come close to drowning out and silencing the majority of Americans who steadfastly adhere to this country’s founding principles. We must give voice to this “silenced majority;” heaven knows institutions such as AARP have abandoned the cause.
The turmoil over health care and the economy may have one bright spot in that it has triggered a debate about what it means to be an American. To paraphrase columnist Stephen Hayes, the discussion is focused on what will be the overall direction of the country. “Is this going to be a country in which each successive generation has more opportunities and does better than the previous one; or is it going to be a country in which we start to take steps backwards?”
Speak out; you have a right to make your argument. Your opinions count. We will make sure they count. Join us. You can make the difference.