Democrats Abroad are like The Stepford Wives


The Stepford Wives is a 1972 satirical thriller novel by Ira Levin. The story concerns Joanna Eberhart, a photographer and young mother who begins to suspect that the frighteningly submissive housewives in her new idyllic Connecticut neighborhood may be robots created by their husbands.


Democrats Abroad is a frighteningly submissive group of automatons who believe it’s their job to carry on the work of the Democratic Party outside the United States. In their “robotic way” they believe in the “goodness” of the Democrats and ignore:

“FATCA, FBAR, OVDI, OVDP and the rest of the Treasury/IRS/HIRE/IGA alphabet-soup train wreck that is coming down the tracks to destroy the lives of U.S Persons abroad, and ultimately the homeland United States as well”.

They are, in their robotic way, completely asleep at the wheel and will be judged by their complete inaction in this matter.

Oh well!

During the summer a letter from Joe Green did at least acknowledge that the Obama Democrats were using the prison of citizenship-based taxation to make life hell for U.S. persons abroad. In part it included:

So, ladies and gents, while we have made some progress in in ameliorating the toxic (or is that tax-ic) issues that the Task Force was created to address, we continue to discuss our concerns with the governmental bodies that are charged with implementation. When the time is right (not in the midst of the federal election campaign), we are optimistic that we will achieve more – or perhaps all – of our goals. And, when appropriate, we will get back to you with specific actions that you may be able to take.

But, as we move forward toward November 6, please bear in mind that, as troubling as our tax issues are now, conditions would be much worse (taxes and way beyond) with a Romney presidency, a tea party House and a Senate without a filibuster-proof majority. Imagine a right wing activist Supreme Court for thirty years (despite the welcome news about the President’s historic health care initiative)!

Let’s Get Out The Vote!

Your DPCA FBAR/FATCA Task Force,

A post written in response to this letter generated lots of interesting comments. Might be interesting to go back and refresh your memory. These comments include the most expressive we have seen.

The letter noted that, (in true Stepford wife style) that an election was simply not the time to discuss important issues. But,these issues would be addressed after the election.

Not that anybody was fooled, but take a look at the latest letter from Democrats Abroad. It’s a “Stepford Wife” classic!


Dear Fellow Democrats,

I want to wish you a very happy holiday and a wonderful new year.

Democrats Abroad had a very good 2012 and a lot of it is due to you. So, here is a big thank-you to all of you who registered, voted, volunteered and came to chapter events.  The reward came in November 6th and we all shared in the happiness of victory as well as, for many of us, a sigh of relief that we would not be seeing Republican nominees to the Supreme Court or austerity programs burdening the less well-off while the wealthy got new tax breaks.

We can be very proud of our voter registration work and our phone-banking efforts to DAC members who vote in swing states and in states with close senate races that helped to re-elect President Obama and to see Democratic gains in the Senate and the House.   Special thanks are due to Executive Vice Chair Joe Green for voter registration training and trouble shooting and to Vice-Chairs Giles Hogya and Adrienne Jones for leading the phone banking campaigns.

It is not possible to pass by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary without saying how much sympathy we feel for the victims and their families and how grateful we should all be for our own families and friends this year. Some of you have emailed to ask what we can do as Democrats Abroad Canada.  While the Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for March 30 will probably consider a resolution, one thing we can all do now as individuals is to email the President, and our Senators and Members of Congress to support taking action. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is preparing bills that would reinstitute the assault weapons ban and limit the sale of high capacity magazines. Or, you may urge support for your own recommendation with respect to access to firearms or mental health initiatives.

I also want to give you some news about what we will be doing in 2013.  First, expect to receive a message from us requesting you confirm your membership.  This is a yearly requirement and you will help us a lot if you correct any information that is out of date.

Upcoming in 2013 is the election year for Democrats Abroad worldwide, at the international, country committee and chapter levels.  Here in DA Canada, Joe Green, Ken Sherman (DA International Chair and Hamilton chapter chair) and former Toronto chapter Chair Julie Buchanan have agreed to serve on the Nominating Committee. You can expect to see detailed information about DAC ExCom officer and DPCA voting member job descriptions and AGM voting procedures early in the year.

Again, we have scheduled our Annual General Meeting for Saturday, March 30th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Details about how you can attend in person or electronically will be sent with the formal meeting notice.

Again, thank you,

Allenna Leonard, Chair

Democrats Abroad, Canada

This message is paid for by the Democratic Party Committee Abroad, Democrats Abroad, 430 S. Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. It is being sent to you because you are a member of one or more of these Democrats Abroad group(s): DA International and Canada. 

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