Palin and The Alaskan Independence Party

Mudflats has an interesting post today about the on-going controversy of Sarah Palin’s connection with the separatist Alaskan Independence Party (AIP).  This is a video taken during a meeting of AIP held last October in Chattanooga, TN, according to YouTube.  The man speaking is Dexter Clark, who is the Vice Chair of the party. 

At about the 6:00 minute mark, you’ll hear this:

Our current governor, we mentioned at the last conference, the one we were hoping would get elected, Sarah Palin, did get elected. There’s a joke, she’s a pretty good looking gal, there’s a joke goes around we’re the coldest state with the hottest governor. (laughter)  And there was a lot of talk about her moving up. She was an AIP member before she got the job as a mayor of a small town — that was a non-partisan job. But to get along and go along — she eventually joined the Republican Party, where she had all kinds of problems with their ethics, and well, I won’t go into that. She also had about an 80% approval rating, and is pretty well sympathetic because of her former membership.

For the party claiming to own the word PATRIOTISM, this seems important to me.  According to AIP’s website, Joe Vogler, one of the founders of AIP is quoted as saying:

I’m an Alaskan, not an American.  I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.

Oh silly me.  I forgot that the GOP’s definition of patriotism is whether you wear a flag pin and how you dispose of American flags.  It has nothing whatsoever to do with damning American institutions and not wanting anything to do with the lower 48. 

Technically, Sarah Palin never registered as a member of AIP but her husband did and remained a member in good standing until she ran for Governor.  He is currently registered as “undeclared.”

Anyone else remember the howling of the wolves when it was reported that Michelle Obama didn’t love her country enough?  Once again, the GOP can be summed up in one word.  Hyprocrite.

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2 Responses to “Palin and The Alaskan Independence Party”

  1. Hypocrite. You’ve got that right.

  2. Richard Koppel Says:

    Take a look at the period of time that Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla and Todd a registered member of the AIP, as I point out at http://legalramblings.wordpress.com/2008/10/15/palins-years-as-mayor-coincide-with-todds-in-alaskan-independence-party/

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