It's amazing. But true. You would think that these people would know better. It would be hysterically funny but it is not if they were not planning to publicly execute Yanqui Mike the guy who started the chapter here. It is amazing what happens to people where their egos grow to titanic proportions.
About two years ago I discovered Democrats Abroad. I also discovered that Argentina had no local chapter. I put my name on a list. I was too busy to think about starting a local chapter, but I would support one, if someone else ever had the inclination to start one up. That someone was Yanqui Mike.
Before Mike started Democrats Abroad I only knew him as a fellow blogger. We had spoken a few times by telephone. He was a little brash and outspoken, but fun. I liked his writing style. Like me, he was here for the long haul. He wasn't here on his summer vacation, or trying to find himself, or because Mommy and Daddy sent him here after graduating from college. He and his Argentine wife Alicia were here to live and make their life in Argentina.
Mike threw himself into Democrats Abroad. Democrats winning the 2008 election was very important to him and he saw the votes from outside the US as being key. He pushed and pushed. He used his own money. He begged. He did whatever he could. He got people to sign up. He held events. He emailed. Democrats Abroad Argentina became the most successful chapter because of Mike Skowronek. He pushed people to register to vote.
Anyone who has ever worked with a non-profit knows it is a thankless task. You know that 10% of the people do 90% of the work. Democrats Abroad had a board of directors. Mike was still doing most of the work. He was the front man. He was the guy who went to the convention. He was the guy who got interviewed by the press here in Argentina and by the US press as well. He was the guy who sent the emails, who kept up the blog and website. He was the one who was mobilizing the troops. Vote, vote, vote. Obama sent his point man for South America to Argentina. I know because he stayed with me for a month. (Zak, not Obama) I was amazed at how well organized things were.
The elections were over. Obama won. Then out of the clear blue. I get an email from the so called "Executive Committee" of Democratic Abroad Argentina asking for a vote of no-confidence on Mike. Huh? Did I miss something? They go on to say that they asked him to resign but he would not. They follow with innuendos that would be great if you wanted to run for Freshman class president, but guys, we are a little old for this. So I email Mike to ask what is going on.
He tells me they want him out. They have pages of reasons, but they will not share them. They want to control the organization. In my opinion, it all boils down to jealousy. What is so amazing, is that the elections for Democrats Abroad are in two months. So all of this is unnecessary. Let him finish out his term, then vote someone else in.
BUT there is more. Ms. Megan Dorah the Vice Chair who no longer even lives in Argentina (imagine that) and is pushing for this is emailing us fast and furious. She keeps flip floppin on the issues. Whatever they are. She is just like McCain. Her sidekick Maria Emilia Ramirez is the Sarah Palin of Democrats Abroad Argentina Spam. We are treated to lengthy email spams almost daily imploring us to get rid of Mike for the horrible sins he has committed as president of Democrats Abroad.
I am still trying to figure them out. Poor Maria Emilia Ramirez has been unduly traumatized by Mike. She writes about them in her emails. He is unorganized, he drank too much at one event, and oh my God he talked to long to CNN. He refused to publish an essay that was worded in a way that would have been offensive to Argentines and Argentine/Americans. (Too many foreigners here live in a cultural bubble) I wonder if she has been so traumatized she and her cat will have to go back to the US to live, because Mike has made it so unbearable for her here.
These are the reasons they want Mike to be removed as President of Democrats Abroad Argentina. Can you believe this? If you cannot, then please come to a meeting on December 3 at 6:00 pm. You need to support Mike. He did so much to not only start this chapter but in helping to elect Barak Obama. You need to be an American citizen. You can join Democrats Abroad by clicking on this linkDemocrats Abroad If you don't want to do that, show up with your US passport. The address is Austria 2660, 6th Floor. The time is 6pm. What is truly sad is these people don't understand is that some of us actually work here, and that 6 pm is not a good time to hold a meeting. (That is what happens when you live in a bubble) There is talk they won't let you enter if you arrive late. So please try to come early.