Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"Country First" Or "Alaska First," Sarah? Just Who Is Sarah Palin?

Where is Michelle Bachmann when you need her. There is anti-Americanism afoot!

It seems Sarah and Todd Palin were members of the Alaska Independence Party ("AIP"). Its slogan: "Alaska First. Alaska Always." Its platform: Secede from the United States of America and become a sovereign nation at all costs. In the words of its pioneering member, Joe Vogler: "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."

More startling, the AIP and Bill Ayers have much in common when it comes to approved tactics. From Talking Points Memo:

The AIP has been described as an extreme-right, anti-government organization comparable to militia movements such as that which carried out the 1995 Oklahoma City attack. The group's aims are voiced no more forcefully than by its founder, Joe Vogler, as CNN observes in direct quotations: "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government...," Vogler states in one quotation, "...And I won't be buried under their damn flag." In another quotation, Vogler says: "My government is my worst enemy. I'm going to fight them with any means at hand." As though to leave no doubt in our minds regarding his willingness to use violence to achieve his secessionist aims, Vogler says in one final quote: "I hope we don't have to take human life, but if they go on trampling our property rights, look out, we're ready to die."

Sarah Palin sent the AIP a video greeting welcoming the party delegates to their 2008 convention in Fairbanks, Alaska. There's another clip floating around where the AIP Vice Chairman, sporting a burly, anti-establishment ZZ Top beard, refers to Sarah Palin as a former member of the AIP before she was mayor of Wasilla and is still "sympathetic to her former membership" (after minute six of the attached video). Reportedly, the Palins attended the 1994 AIP Convention in Wasilla, Alaska.

Now, I'm going to need some fact-checking from my fellow contributors, but if this is a verified news story, why doesn't this line of attack effectively end Palin's bid for Vice President and seal McCain's fate? And where is the mainstream media on this?

Not only did she "pal around with secessionist(s)" - here the plural form is warranted - but she married one? Is this not the epitome of Bachmann's Anti-Americanism or the GOP pundit class's "guilt by association?" Let's get some perspective using the besieged Barack Obama - if there was a clip of Senator Obama welcoming the Chicago chapter of Communist Party USA to the United Center on Madison Street, praising the importance of their movement, with the party's chairman affectionately referring to Obama as a former member, how fast would his double-digit cushion evaporate? Bill Ayers set off pipe bombs in government buildings. The AIP wants to lay claim to an entire state and sever it from the Union by any means necessary?

With each passing day, Sarah Palin's hoked-up rhetoric gets more and more deliciously hypocritical and proof-positive of her political meretriciousness.


Pat Bateman said...

WAP, this has been out there for weeks. Why post on it now? We KNOW her husband was/is a member of a secessionist radical political party and she was "palling around" with them and gave an opening address to their meeting once... we know all of this. The SS Palin does not founder. Here is what we know of her in two months of being in the public eye: she abused her power - officially - according a bipartisan committee. Her husband is an avowed secessionist and does or has belonged to a party with essentially its only goal to break off from the Lower 48. She has essentially stolen taxpayer money by staying at home and claiming otherwise and then, alternatively, taking her kids on trips and having the state foot the bill to the tune of 21k. And yet this has not sunk John McCain's campaign... only the economy is able to do that. Teflon candidate? I give you Sarah Palin.

Warm Apple Pie said...

Because now there is parallelism, now you have a candidate incessantly harping on Obama's ties to anti-American elements and a former domestic terrorist, now because while it has been out there, certainly it has not garner the attention of the Ayers story despite the fact there could be more credible links between Palin and AIP, not to mention a higher level of involvement.

Name one evening news show that has devoted a segment to this story. Hell, Jason Jones on the Daily Show making a passing reference to Todd as a secessionist is about all I've heard in weeks.

If the press corps would ask a single question on this front, I would be sated. I mean her answer will be gobbledygook anyway, but I'd rather force out some circumlocution then have the issue lie dormant.

I had to look up the spelling on "gobbledygook." I hate spelling words.