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October 12, 2008

Palin for Alaskan Independence? Tell me more!

Filed under: media,New Broads,Palin,politics,protest,Voting — by maggiec @ 1:03 pm
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As the election comes closer, the dirt gets nastier and nastier.  Palin has accused Senator Obama of being a friend of terrorists because someone he knows casually was a member of the group The Weather Underground back when the senator was a child of eight.  Oh my!  Of course, this is something that Hillary Clinton brought up back during the primaries.  It was laid to rest then, so why should Palin bring it back up?

Does the phrase “desperate times call for desparate measures” come to mind for any one else?

The Washington Post has a great fact checking section on the Obama-Weatherman connection, finding it specious.  Just another time waster, to distract us from the real issues.

But someone just called my attention to a blog by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr that was originally on the Huffington Post but is now on  It is political dynamite, and I’m trying to spread the word as best I can.

In a nutshell, Todd Palin was a member of the Alaskan Indepence Party from 1995 – 2002.  OK, husband and wives don’t have to agree.  But, Sarah Palin attended the party’s 1994 convention, its 2000 convention, gave a keynote speech at its 2006 convention and sent a taped greeting  to the 2008 convention.

I can understand the desire for succession.  I can understand exploring the option.  But, let me quote Kennedy here:

AIP’s charter commits the party “to the ultimate independence of Alaska,” from the United States which it refers to as “the colonial bureaucracy in Washington.” It proclaims Alaska’s 1959 induction as a state “as illegal and in violation of the United Nations charter and international law.”

AIP’s creation was inspired by the rabidly violent anti-Americanism of its founding father Joe Vogler, “I’m an Alaskan, not an American,” reads a favorite Vogler quote on AIP’s current website, “I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.” According to Vogler AIP’s central purpose was to drive Alaska’s secession from the United States. Alaska, says current Chairwoman Lynette Clark, “should be an independent nation.”

Vogler was murdered in 1993 during an illegal sale of plastic explosives that went bad. The prior year, he had renounced his allegiance to the United States explaining that, “The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government.” He cursed the stars and stripes, promising, “I won’t be buried under their damned flag…when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home.” Palin has never denounced Vogler or his detestable anti-Americanism.

As Kennedy goes on to say, ” this is not something that happened when she was eight”

According to posters on both blogs, this is “old news” to many people.  I consider myself relatively aware, and I didn’t hear about it till now.

On the one hand, I realize that this is just more mud slinging.  But on the other hand, this is a matter of Constitutional issues.  I already have concerns about Palin’s ability to uphold the Constitution.  Didn’t we fight a Civil War on the issue of succession once before?  Isn’t that considered one of the darkest periods of our history?  A woman one heart beat away from the presidency who is willing to ignore the Constitution scares me more than the economic crisis.  Economies can be fixed with work and sacrifice.  So can democracies, but in most cases, the sacrifice to fix them includes lives.


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