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.