Organ Donation Hypocrites

Too many people talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.  What do I mean?  You’ve heard me say that over 90 percent of Americans approve of organ donation but barely 35 percent bother to become donors.  This blog is a challenge.

Hey liberals who make so much of helping those in need, who support large governmental humanitarian relief programs and who urge everyone to perform some kind of community service, why don’t you practice what you preach and become organ donors.  If you don’t become organ donors and urge — no, help everyone you know to do the same, you are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites.

And you compassionate conservatives who so believe in encouraging private citizens to get more involved and to depend on government less, why aren’t you promoting organ donation and becoming donors yourselves?   You seem to encourage faith based and community based activism, but you, like the liberals, are sitting on your hands while thousands die due to a lack of transplantable organs.

And then there are the religious groups who preach the sanctity of life and that you should love your neighbor as you love yourself, why aren’t you doing more to promote organ donation?  You’ve got to do more than pray.  You’ve got to take some action.  Maybe God is answering your prayers by telling you to do something instead of depending on him to solve all the problems.

All of the above groups fall into a very large group of hypocrites.  If you don’t like this blog, don’t complain to me.  Go forth and save lives by encouraging organ donation and when someone tells you, “You are right I’m going to become a donor,” don’t stand by and accept that.  Offer to help them, drive them to the driver’s license office right away or get on line with them to register with Donate Life America.

You should all be as disgusted as I am that only 35 percent of Americans are organ donors.  If you believe in organ donation, why the hell aren’t you doing something about it?

I hope you have found this post to be helpful, perhaps enlightening but no matter what we would like to get your thoughts on this most important issue.  Please comment in the space provided or email your thoughts to me at  And – please spread the word about the immediate need for more organ donors.  There is nothing you can do that is of greater importance.  If you convince one person to be a donor you may save or positively affect over 50 lives.  Some of those lives may be people you know and love.

Visit and join my Facebook site, ORGAN Transplantation Initiative (OTI) at the more members we get the greater our potential impact on decision makers who influence all organ transplant issues.  Also, check out my blog and my Facebook home page


About Bob Aronson

Bob Aronson is a former journalist, a Minnesota Governor's Press Secretary and talk show host. For nearly a quarter of a century, he led the Aronson Partnership, a Minnesota-based communications consultancy that prepared corporate and government executives for crisis situations, regulatory testimony, media interviews and Presentations. Among his clients were all three U.S. Mayo Clinic locations, 3M, general Mills, CH2M Hill, the U.S. Department of Energy and scores more. In 2007 bob had a heart transplant after suffering from idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy for 12 years. Shortly after he got his new heart he founded the now 4,300 member Facebook support group, Organ Transplant Initiative. At the same time, he established the Bob's Newheart blog where he has posted nearly 300 columns on organ donation, transplantation and other health related issues. The Viewpoint blog was started in late 2016 and bears the name of the Radio Talk show Bob did from 1966 until 1974, when he resigned to become Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich first Press secretary. Bob and his artist wife Robin, live in Jacksonville, Florida with their two dogs, Reilly and Ziggy. Bob is also a woodworker and makes all of the furnishings for Robin's art festival booth. He also makes one of a kind jewelry or "memories" boxes that he donates to select transplant patients, caregivers, donor families and others who have somehow contributed to making life easier for the ill, the elderly and the less fortunate. Bob is in the final stages of editing two full-length novels that will be available on Kindle when ready for release sometime in early 2017. One is a sci fi novel about an amazing discovery near Roswell, New Mexico and you will be surprised to find it has nothing to do with the Roswell story everyone knows. It features a woman scientist who investigates impact craters for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Dr. Rita Sylvester and her female student intern. The other book is a political thriller that introduces a new hero to the genre, Fargo Dennison.

Posted on January 30, 2010, in Organ Donation. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. 35% is pathetic. Now divide that in half, and that’s the percentage of Canadians who are registered organ donors. Unbelievable! What’s going on out there people?

    I became a registered organ donor at age 16– long before I ever knew I’d eventually need a transplant myself. When I signed up back then, my friends and family thought it was an odd thing to do, especially for a 16 year old girl. No one wants to think about death, but why don’t we think about life?

    We should all be pushing for presumed consent in North America. It works in 22 other countries, so why wouldn’t it work here?


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