Let me tell you a question. Who is protecting the public face of older Americans?
This is a serious question laced with sociological and economic consequences.
Who is the guardian that will raise hell when a TV sit-com portrays a geezer as a dottering old fool? Who will orchestrate public outcry when a commercial marginalizes an older person? Even the cavemen are getting better media treatment these days.
Black people have the NAACP. Jews have the anti-defamation lawyers. Somebody mobilized all the Mexicans who have been protesting the immigration laws.
Who do old people have? AARP. That's about it. If you malign old people, AARP will publish a tut-tut paragraph in their magazine. AARP has 36 million members. And a nasty paragraph is the best they can do?
AARP is the biggest gorilla in America! What a waste of muscle.
Older Americans need a champion, somebody not afraid to kick some butt.
We need a new gorilla.