...thanks to President Obama, our Doctor-in-Chief, who has been trying to ease the jangled nerves of America's senior citizens by assuring them that yes, the AARP has signed on to his vision of heathcare reform (patently untrue, like much of what Obama says, but more on that later). So just wheel yourselves on home, eat your mush, and keep quiet while the grownups figure this all out, OK?
Well, the seniors will not be silenced, and this angry right-wing mob, armed with canes, walkers, and hearing aids is taking out its rage on the AARP for shortening their lives in exchange for a seat at Obama's table:
CBS News has learned that up to 60,000 people have cancelled their AARP memberships since July 1, angered over the group's position on health care.
Last week, Obama told a town meeting in Portsmouth, NH, "We have the AARP on board because they know this is a good deal for our seniors." The AARP called the President's statements "inaccurate," saying it hasn't endorsed any plan or bill.
Well, it seems like Obama's penchant for lies to bolster his cause has had a positive effect for conservatives - it seems as if many of these 60,000 folks who ditched the AARP have taken up with the more conservative-leaning American Seniors Association:
Many are switching to the American Seniors Association, a group that calls itself the conservative alternative ...Last week alone, they added more than 5,000 new members. Our camera was there Friday when the mail came. Letters were filled with cut-up AARP cards. "I think that probably the seniors are most upset with cuts in Medicare," said ASA President Stuart Barton.
The American Seniors Association is flat-out against President Obama's plan, which calls for $313 billion dollars in Medicare cuts over ten years....
Maybe seniors are most upset with the contents of this very ugly video (yes, they know how to operate a computer, Baracky), in which AARP flacks pull the plug on a membership meeting when some senior citizens had the temerity to question the group's heath care talking points:
Either way, it's good to see Barack Obama putting his much-famed skill for community organizing to work for the Right, for a change. His government takeover of American public life, combined with his less-than-smooth lying about it, has created a conservative up-swell that Republican activists couldn't inspire on their best day.
Keep it up, Baracky - today health care, tomorrow redefining marriage - and we'll finally get to see change we can believe in: A conservative majority that could last a generation.