Tuesday, August 18, 2009
As a disclaimer, I have worked for the past 15 years for a non-profit, non-partisan organization which has over a million members. As both a member and an employee, our national organization has always been adamant that we adhere to our congressional charter. We do not endorse any candidates for office, either directly or indirectly, as we are acutely aware that the employees and members of our organization come from all political backgrounds, nor do we endorse legislative initiatives that run counter to our congressional charter. We have to remain apolitical in that regard, or we will face the problems that AARP is now facing.
AARP really has no one to blame but themselves for this massive loss of membership. It stands to reason that if you go against the very reason for your existence then you shall and will lose members. Any organization worth their salt would be adverse to angering their membership, thus avoiding the lose of dues, but apparently AARP just doesn't get it.
Hence one more reason when I become eligible for AARP membership, I will decline their invitation. In other words...thanks AARP, but no thanks.