Friday, July 6, 2012

I still can't find Republicans abroad.

About seven months ago I wrote a post entitled No Republicans in Europe? and wondered why I couldn't find Republicans here. It's not to say that there aren't any Republicans abroad, it's that I generally couldn't find many who weren't over here on a work assignment. A Republican who moves abroad to discover the world is a rare creature indeed. I've met two (that I know of) in six years in Europe.

As it turns out, the groups Republicans Abroad (RA) and Democrats Abroad (DA) are both on Facebook. Apparently, RA was on there almost a year before the DA page. As of this writing, RA has 316 likes with 17 "talking about this" and DA has 14,619 likes with 2,680 "talking about this".  While hardly scientific, the Democrats Abroad group which started later than the Republicans Abroad group has almost 50 times as many members. The DA page is active with lively discussion. The RA page has tumbleweeds.

More to the point, an early post to the RA Facebook page has this interesting post:

No, I am not surprised.

I've actually wondered if Republicans Abroad really exists or if it's just a front organization trying to make the Republicans not look like a bunch of head-in-the-sand isolationists. Here's the Democrats Abroad sign up page. I am not a Democrat, but I joined anyway. The email is sometimes interesting and often useful (particularly when I am alerted to some new tax punishment the US is handing down to expats). The sign up process is simply filling out a form and clicking submit. It's quick, easy, and free.

Here's the Republicans Abroad sign up page, reproduced here in all its glory:


Please Print and fill in the following form:

How Were You Introduced to RA_______________________________________

Name of Spouse__________________
Home Address_____________________________________________________
Country __________________________________________________________
Home Telephone:________________
Email address:_____________________
Office Address ____________________________________________________
Office Telephone: ______________________ Office Fax: ___________________
Please Send Info to (Tick one) ______ Home ________ Office
City and State of Last Registered Voting District __________________________
Spouse – City and State__________________________________________
I am a US Citizen _______ Yes ____________No
Membership Categories
Presidential $ 5000 ________ Envoy $250___________
Ambassador $1000 _________ Sponsor $100____________
Diplomat $500 __________ International $50__________
I Am Willing to Help Republicans Abroad With:
Membership_____ Fundraising Special Events______
Mailings_____ Newsletters/Websites___ Voter Registration _____
State Liaison ___ Public Events ________ College Liaison _______
Credit Card Number____________________________ Card type amex/visa/mastercard
Expiry Date_____________
Please print and send this form, along with your Cheque in US Dollars Made Payable to:
Republicans Abroad International, 2445 M Street, NW, Suite 3103, Washington, DC 20037

Is this thing a joke? The minimum you can pay is $50? And what's that for? A month? A year? Lifetime? And you have to print out the form and mail it? This is positively hostile to getting people to sign up. That might be the point.

I see there's a small amount of activity on the French RA page and I wish I could have attended that dinner they mentioned. It would be interesting to find out if Republicans in Europe are anti-science and global warming deniers as their counterparts back in the US.