A telemarketer called. She was advertising the existence of a "conservative alternative to AARP." We talked. Indeed she wasn't making all that much money as a telemarketer. Maybe her insurance wasn't THAT great. She understood the plight of people growing older with fixed incomes in the face of rising prices. She was, I think, ready to join me in tearing apart the malevolently conceived organization that she served, but we agreed we'd have to do it carefully. She needs her paycheck.
As the demographics of the so called post war baby boom shift into elderdom, the opportunists of the Republican Party will have a harder and harder time hanging on to those they have thus far duped, and they will have a marvelously difficult time gaining converts. But, while they lack the truth, and they lack concern, they do have plenty of money to shovel into intense marketing campaigns.
Public programs supporting health care, income continuation, public utilities and services become ever more attractive to those of us with limited means. A "conservative alternative" to AARP is bizarre -- so bizarre that I dare not name it.