This just in from Democrats Abroad, whose front office remains so stunningly oblivious to the number one issue and existential threat to its constituency that it completely ignored it in today’s missive:
Dear [random person on our mailing list],
I hope you agree with me that there has been a lot to celebrate over the last few weeks. The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare and preserved health insurance for millions of Americans. Thanks to the Supreme Court again, this year we were able to celebrate the first Fourth of July in which all Americans truly were equal and free to marry the person of their choice. And we can now celebrate the possibility of an Iran without nuclear weapons.
While there are many things that we cannot yet celebrate, let’s take a moment to celebrate the 54th birthday (on Tuesday) of the man who has made many of our celebrations possible: President Obama. He has worked tirelessly to make America a better country and the world a safer place. He fought for the right of every American to have affordable health care. He appointed two superb Supreme Court Justices who have upheld the fundamental rights of all Americans. And he has worked for peace, not war, around the world.
Let’s send him a gift that he – and we – will appreciate – victory in the 2016 elections. A 2016 election victory that will keep a Democrat in the White House and take back Congress – that will preserve and extend President Obama’s legacy – and keep the Supreme Court from moving further to the right.
You can send that gift by contributing $54 – or whatever you can to Democrats Abroad and help us turn out overseas voters in the 2016 elections. There are now an estimated 8 million Americans living abroad – more than ever before. We have made the difference in the past between defeat and victory – and we will do so again in the crucial upcoming 2016 elections.
But we need your help – so please donate today and click the dropdown menu for “President Obama’s 54th”. That way we can both keep on celebrating.
This message is paid for by the Democratic Party Committee Abroad
PO Box 15130
Washington, DC 20003
Telephone: +1-202-621-2085 +1-202-621-2085
After being so thoroughly and regularly betrayed and insulted by your own overseas organization’s breathtakingly tone-deaf leadership, I have two completely genuine suggestions for Democrats Abroad members who still truly respect democracy and who actually want to remain abroad:
1. Take that $54 you were going to send to DA and instead donate it to the American-based FATCA Legal Action Fund. By contributing directly to legal challenges demonstrating FATCA’s unconstitutionality, you will be making a far better investment in your own future, and that of your children and grandchildren, than by celebrating the birthday of a President and supporting a party whose FATCA campaign against you and your family has turned your lives into a living hell.
2. While you’re at it, why not demonstrate some more of that old-time Democratic compassion and progressive support for civil and human rights everywhere by also donating to the Canadian-based ADCS FATCA legal challenge, which seeks redress under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms from the Canadian federal government’s capitulation to those same FATCA laws you already know and loathe so well. Since $54 USD is now equivalent to 70-something Canadian dollars, and since our just-announced Canadian federal election is expected to last a record-breaking 78 days, I would suggest that $78 CDN would be an entirely appropriate amount to start with to help support your Canadian brothers and sisters, especially if you’re a member of one of DA’s Canadian chapters.
So, instead of pointlessly counting birthday candles today, why not count human lives affected by FATCA, and do something positive about it? Your soul might just thank you – and don’t forget about those kids either.