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October 13, 2008

McCain and Palin’s Tacit Sedition

Filed under: New Broads,Palin,patriotism,politics — by maggiec @ 10:12 am

Yesterday I wrote about the possibility of real violence thanks to this year’s level of mudslinging.  And the more I think of it, the more I realize that Senator McCain and Governor Palin are guilty of sedition: incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.  As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama is not a lawful authority yet.  But as Senator Barack Obama of Illinois he is a member of one of the highest governing bodies of this land.  Encouraging people to kill a senator is sedition in my book.

While McCain and Palin have not openly called for assassination, they have given their tacit approval to the direction of their campaign.

John Cory, a Vietnam veteran like McCain, summed up McCain’s culpability quite brilliant in his essay on I urge you to read it in its entirety.  It’s one of those brilliant essays that manages to crystalize everything one is thinking into concise prose.  I’m left thinking, “I wish I had written that!”

This is Cory on McCain’s “defense” of Obama this past week:

This is not a moment for you to be proud of in this campaign. Garnering credit for coming to the defense of Senator Obama is like an arsonist claiming heroism for saving lives after having set fire to the building in the first place.

I already have great fears about these two winning the election.  I used to fear McCain winning, but now I see that Palin is the worse threat.  McCain had the grace to look upset over the results of his campaign’s direction.  Perhaps there is some honor left in the man.  I used to respect both McCain and Palin.  I didn’t agree with their politics, but I thought they were honorable people.  Not any longer.

Sedition is a serious crime.  In many ways, it’s worse than treason because you’re whipping up the mob with sedition.  And the mob right now could turn very ugly.

If it’s not sedition, just the fact that they are not vehemently jumping to Senator Obama’s defense is reprehensible.   Just watching footage of McCain and Palin’s response to the hate they are whipping up is nauseating.  They smile, smirk is more like it, and wave and “don’t hear” what’s being said around them.  Calling for someone’s death is a scary thing.

I think I’ve just worked myself up into a passion.  Usually writing calms me down and lets me order my thinking, but not today.  I am now off to write to my senators and congressmen to tell them what I think about McCain and Palin’s sedition.  Watch, I’ll be the one who gets into trouble!

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.

October 10, 2008

Sorry, Sarah, You Can’t Have it Both Ways

Filed under: New Broads,Palin,politics — by maggiec @ 10:33 pm

I really should be going to bed right now, but my sister just popped in with the news that a decision has been reached on the Sarah Palin investigation in Alaska.  The panel has found that Palin abused power in the trooper case involving her former brother-in-law.  I immediately logged on to and had to laugh out loud after reading this:

A spokeswoman for the McCain-Palin campaign responded by calling the investigation “a partisan-led inquiry” run by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, but hailing its finding that Monegan’s firing broke no law.

“Gov. Palin was cleared of the allegation of an improper firing, which is what this investigation was approved to look into,” campaign spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said.

She said the Legislature exceeded its mandate in finding an ethics violation. “Lacking evidence to support the original Monegan allegation, the Legislative Council seriously overreached, making a tortured argument to find fault without basis in law or fact,” she said.

Rep. John Coghill, a Republican who criticized the handling of the investigation, said it was “well-done professionally.” (CNNreport)

Is it just me or does it look like the campaign is trying to have it both ways?  She was cleared on one charge but found guilty of another matter, yet the decision was “a partisan-led inquiry”.  How does that work?  If one decision of the panel is tainted by partisanship, would all decisions be as tainted?   And wasn’t it a bipartisan panel?  Maybe that’s why there was a split decision.  The Dems voted one way, the Republicans another.

I don’t really want to see anyone publically humiliated, but neither would I like to see someone who feels she can blithely rewrite the Constitution sitting in the Executive Office.  We already have someone in there who does that.  I’m sure we’ve all heard the unsubstantiated but unfortunately believable story that President George W. Bush called the Constitution “just a god-damned piece of paper”.  I kinda like that piece of paper.  We don’t always follow it, but for someone who has taken an oath to uphold that Constitution, that’s scary talk.  And Vice President Cheney has an interesting reading of it, as well.

I think most middle school kids know about that checks and balances thing.  They learn it practically effortlessly thanks to School House Rock’s “Three Ringed Circus,” and I know my teachers stressed it in social studies.  It’s shameful that our vice president doesn’t grasp that whole separation of powers concept.

Yet in the debate, Palin did see some wiggle room in the separation.  And now she’s been found to have abused her powers as governor.  According to the report in the New York Times,

The report says she knowingly “permitted Todd Palin to use the governor’s office and the resources of the governor’s office, including access to state employees, to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper Wooten fired.”

Further, it says, she “knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda.”

In 2005, Trooper Wooten and the governor’s sister, Molly McCann, were locked in a harsh divorce and child-custody battle that further turned the Palin family against him. The couple divorced in January 2006. (See the whole story here)

I can actually empathize with wanting to crush and destroy someone who is hurting a sibling.  I’ve wanted to hurt people who have hurt my sister and brother.  Still do.  But I don’t, and I think that’s because I’m an intelligent person–oh, and a grown up.  I could do it.  I have the power to hurt people, but I choose not to because it would be petty and childish.  And I’d probably get arrested since my idea of power is driving a BIG truck over someone’s head.  But seriously, I could cause problems that don’t include grievous bodily harm, and I choose not to.  But if I did give in to temptation, I wouldn’t be breaking the people’s trust.    Sarah Palin did.  And she allowed her husband to abuse her office.  That’s a scary thought.

I have no problem with any government official asking a spouse for advice, talking things out with a spouse or trusting a spouse.  Isn’t that the purpose of having one?   But that’s as far as it goes.

I can hear people chanting “Bill and Hill,” and there were times when that pairing raised my eyebrows, too.  I voted for Bill, and then for the next eight years wrote him letters letting him know I wasn’t pleased with his actions at times.

But right now I’m enjoying my moment of gloat.  Most of the spin doctors haven’t started spinning too much yet, and I think I’d better go to bed before they do.

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