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The Difference One Man Can Make

By David G. Weber

One man or woman truly can make a difference.  I hear people use that cliché all the time, but my father and founder of The Association of Mature American Citizens, Dan Weber, has proven it to be true by example.

Five years ago I stood beside my father and watched the naysayers take a good, hard look at him.  I watched as they chuckled and shook their heads, saying, “AARP is too big, Dan.  AARP has too much influence.  AMAC will never see a thousand members, let alone a million!  Do you seriously believe you can compete with an organization like that?”  I remember my father calmly smiling, as he so often does, and answering with confidence, “Yes, I do.”  With a sincere face, he continued, “People deserve better.  They need an organization with the courage to stand up for the values upon which this country was built – values that are under constant attack.  People deserve an organization that stands up for its members.  Millions of Americans are just as fed up with AARP as I am, and I’m going to do something about that.”  Then he turned to me and quietly said, “Dave, when it seems like you’re up against overwhelming odds, just remember David and Goliath.”  My father, a man of true faith, sure has a way of putting things into perspective.

Fast forward through five long years of lofty goals, purposeful work, and lots of prayers.  Five years of proverbial blood, sweat, and yes, even a few tears.  Five years chock-full of hard work by extraordinary people dedicated to fighting the good fight for something they believe in.  Five years of countless extra-hour workdays and lots of trips to the local deli to pick up fresh coffee to keep us going.  Sprinkle in a few set-backs, a couple of heartbreaks, and maybe even a few sleepless nights and you’ll find that not only is AMAC still here, but AMAC is here to stay – not to prove those naysayers wrong, but rather to do good for those who believe in us today and to ensure a brighter future for our children and grandchildren tomorrow.

Today AMAC stands on the brink of reaching a half million active members.  Congressmen and women are beginning to turn to AMAC to find out where you – the very people from whom we take our marching orders – truly stand on the issues.  And today, when AARP flexes their political muscle in Washington to promote an agenda that is not yours, AMAC is ever watchful and standing guard.  Your elected officials are beginning to respond to pressure from liberal lobbyists by saying, “Now, wait just a minute.  That’s not what AMAC members are telling us.”  The Association of Mature American Citizens sure has come a long way in five years, and under this beautiful October sky, we’d like to pause for a moment to give thanks.  We have so much for which to be thankful.

First and foremost, we thank God for all of the blessings we have been given.  We live in the greatest nation in the history of mankind.  We are thankful for our freedom, for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom, and for those who continue to defend our freedom at this very moment.

We are thankful for all of the good folks that are part of the AMAC family.  Much of their work is done behind-the-scenes and goes unnoticed by the public, but we recognize their efforts and accomplishments.  We are thankful to have such enthusiastic and dedicated people on our team.  These are the people that work not just for AMAC, but also for you and for a better America.

We are thankful for all of AMAC’s supporters and promoters for helping us get the word out, including Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Dr. Bill Bennett, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Michael Savage, Dennis Miller, Laura Ingraham, Lars Larson, Herman Cain, Mike Huckabee, George Noory, Bill O’Reilly, and too many more to mention.  We are thankful for the AMAC Ambassadors who volunteer their time to distribute our materials to their friends, families, and various local groups across the country.  We are thankful for our favorite columnist, Jedediah Bila, for her contributions to our magazine, for always believing in AMAC, and even for the urgent late-night requests to fix typographical errors or links in her columns on our website.  We love it.

Heck, we’d even like to thank President Obama for bringing AARP into the debate last week.  Though AARP tries to distance themselves from him now, The Wall Street Journal recently published an article containing seventy one pages of emails between the White House and AARP executives that display just how powerful and far-reaching AARP’s influence in Washington truly is.  We’ve been saying this for years.  Hopefully, this will shed some light on the truth.

Last, but certainly not least, we are thankful for each and every one of you.  You give AMAC strength, purpose, and direction.  You are a guiding light, and we serve you gratefully.

I’d like to leave you with one last thought.  If one man or woman can make as much of a difference as my father has over the past five years, just imagine what a million or more of us can do together over the next five.  If you haven’t already, please consider joining AMAC or renewing your membership online.  If you’re already a member, we thank you and ask that you continue to refer your friends and family.  We still fight an uphill battle and need all the support we can get.  Please help us keep this momentum going!

With heartfelt appreciation,

David G. Weber
Chief Operating Officer
The Association of Mature American Citizens
Better for You. Better for America.
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John Mills
2 years 28 days ago

My concern that my insurance co. (Hartford) Would not continue. Two properties, two vehicles. But I have not done any due diligence.

Viki Coan
2 years 9 months ago

Beautifully written!!! Your words echoed what speaks from my heart. I have always believed in the greatness of our country. However, I firmly believe that our politicians believe themselves to be royalty. This great country is great because of the melting pot we are, respecting those deserving, working together, fighting together against the evil in this world. I joined AMAC because I found the organization that I’m proud to be a member of. Thank you for having the courage to “go for it”.

Don Dalton
2 years 11 months ago

I am 80 years old and my wife is 77 and we where memberrs of AARP for a long time. However a grew less and less happy about thier policical outlook and what they where NOT doing for us Sr.’s. Then I found out about AMAC read about them and joind right away. I am now in the prosses of closing out my AARP membership! If you want an organization who will not BS you and give you lip sevice, but will really fight for you, join AMAC!

Kathy Bauer
3 years 11 months ago
Mr. Weber, Thank you for this insightful article about the founding of AMAC. Before I turned 55, I began looking for a “senior” organization which represented my moral and conservative values. (I didn’t know any senior programs were available to me at age 50!) I had heard of AARP through mailings, through mentions of their organization on news programs, through discounts offered at restaurants, etc. I read online about their substantial member services and discounts. I was intrigued. But when I did my due diligence into how they “represent” their members politically and financially, I was appalled! And frightened. I wondered how so many seniors could be a part of such an organization! And I didn’t want any of my hard earned dollars to forward their cause through membership fees. Then I began my search for a values based senior organization. I didn’t understand why my senior friends and family… Read more »
LINDA L MELAMPY
3 years 11 months ago

Glad there is another group older Americans can depend on.

LINDA L MELAMPY
3 years 11 months ago

I’ve been reading all about AMAC. Very interesting reading. We haven’t been members of AARP for years. We just didn’t like the tone they were taking. As soon as we read all the information, I’m sure we will be joining AMAC. Keep up the good work.

Merle Schlines
3 years 11 months ago

I don’t remember how I heard about AMAC, but after learning of your values, I decided I wanted to be a member of your fine organization. I have a lawyer friend who does legal work for the health care profession. He brought it to my attention that AARP likes Obamacare because they sell supplemental insurance and there will be a lot of that insurance sold if Obamacare stays in place. I have been receiving many notices from AARP reminding me that my subscription is expiring. Every time I receive a notice, I just smile and throw it in the waste basket. Congratulations on the wonderful work your organization is doing.

Carol & John De Boer
3 years 11 months ago

Thanks for sharing your family story. We joined a few years ago and very glad we did. We can trust that what is
said and written is the TRUTH. We used a motel in Shippsiwana a few months ago and pulled out your card.
The girl never heard of it, but called her superior and we were given the 10% discount. We also gave her info to
learn more about your organization. !!!

wally
3 years 11 months ago

My comments mirror Betty Grogg’s. I dropped AARP a few years ago and am pleased that AMAC is the alternative. Keep up the fight.

phil
3 years 11 months ago

It is interesting that AARP has asked the Obama administration to NOT mention their organization in any of their campaign ads and speeches. Could it be AARP wants to distance themselves from Obama because of the radioactive fallout from Obamacare?

Kent Kammerlohr
3 years 11 months ago

I was at my doctors office recently and they told me effective January 1 they would no longer be taking my insurance so I ask them if they could recommend another company and they said they preferred any of the AARP plans through United Health Care and I said, well I will NOT be purchasing one of those. I am no longer a member of AARP and I have no intention of supporting their socialist agenda if that is all your going to accept I will have to find a new doctor. They gave me the strangest look it was priceless………..

Betty Grogg
3 years 11 months ago
I didn’t wait for AARP to clean up their act, nor did I wait for AMAC because it did not exist at that time. Years ago I simply wrote AARP a rather scorching letter or two when I disagreed with their propaganda. They ignored my letters, and I ignored them, as I had decided I would make it without their liberal views and the so called discounts when we traveled. I simply did not renew when the next bill arrived. Yet I still get junk mail from them urging me to join which immediately go in the waste basket. A couple years ago, upon receiving information that there really was a conservative organization for mature citizens that held my views, I immediately joined, just as I do not watch the main stream media since the Fair and Balanced TV Channel was born. So I appreciate AMAC and your conservative views,… Read more »
Leland
3 years 11 months ago

It is very interesting that when I called AARP to cancel my membership, the CSR was reading from a script, which told me they were losing members at a tremendous rate and they were trying to speak of their non-partisan stance…I told them that that was just fine and dandy, but I still no longer believed in their mission.. 17 year member…

JL Baker
3 years 11 months ago

Inspiring and beautifully written article recounting some struggles, and now the victories of AMAC. It is amazing that this organization has come so far in only five years. Faith and dedication go a long way when one has such a large goal. We salute each of you who have continued to work tirelessly to make AMAC what it is today. And we look forward to even greater things in the future. With God’s guidance, and supportive son like you, Dave, and the many other dedicated workers, great things will be achieved. I pledge to continue renewing my membership.

Lillian Pompilio
3 years 11 months ago

I already joined AMAC and did not renew when my AARP membership expired a few months later! I guess I was not the only once since I heard they announced they will no longer fund Obama, they probably did that already so it really doesn’ matter, but I hope more people wise up and show them we are on to their deceit.

Lillian Pompilio
3 years 11 months ago

I already joined AMAC and did not renew my membership with AARP when it expired a few months later. I guess a lot of long-time members did the same since it was announced a few days ago, that they would no longer contribute to Obamas campaign fund, but would not fund his opponent. Too late, because I’m sure they already did that. before

Lisa Pagillo
3 years 11 months ago

Bravo! Beautifully written Dave! Congrats on just reaching a half million members!
I remember when you guys first started AMAC, and now look how far you have come!
outstanding!!!
Way to go !!!

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