We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. If your past performance is an indicator of your future results, then we certainly have “something to hope for”.
It would be impossible to compile a specific and detailed list that included all of the specific accomplishments. It would be impossible to compile a list that includes all the participants. As President Truman was known to have said:
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
The participants (from all around the world) include individuals, academics, organizations (in Canada and Europe), various lawyers, journalists, and of course the “unsung heros” who spent hours helping to guide and educate via Twitter and blog comments.
Nevertheless, it’s important to recognize the differences among the various groups of Americans abroad. Some are opposing FATCA and some are clearly not. Some are opposing U.S. “citizenship taxation” and others are not. The point is that:
“Not all those deemed to be Americans abroad are the same”
The differences among the different groups must be respected.
The above tweet references the following comment from Marie that compares the attitudes of those who view themselves as true Americans abroad and those who view themselves as people who happened to have been born in the United States and don’t live in the United States.
IMHO, I believe organizations such as ACA, AARO, etc. work to represent the interests of Americans who happen to be residing in other countries (perhaps temporarily). People like myself, and many of the people commenting on this website do not fit into that category. Many of us are Canadian (or other nationality) citizens, resident in Canada who happen to have a US birthplace. Members of the first group want to retain their place in US society whereas members of my group really just want to be left alone.
The above tweet references the following comment from Lucy Stensland Laederich of FAWCO fame.
The above tweet references the following comment from Badger.