Why was her husband a member of, and why did she twice address the Alaskan Independence Party, at their annual convention? The AIP was founded on the premise that Alaska needs to secede from the United States. And, speaking of terrorists, its founder, Joe Vogler, was killed, because of a botched plastic explosives sale.
The Last Refuge Of A Scoundrel
As Robert Kennedy Jr. wrote, earlier this month, at the Huffington Post, in a post titled, "The Alaskan Independence Party (The Last Refuge Of A Scoundrel):
If McCarthy-era guilt-by-association is once again a valid political consideration, Palin, it would seem, has more to lose than Obama. Palin, it could be argued, following her own logic, thinks so little of America's perfection that she continues to "pal around" with a man--her husband, actually--who only recently terminated his seven-year membership in the Alaskan Independence Party. Putting plunder above patriotism, the members of this treasonous cabal aim to break our country into pieces and walk away with Alaska's rich federal oil fields and one-fifth of America's land base--an area three-fourths the size of the Civil War Confederacy.
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."
Palin's ongoing connection to the AIP
While there has been debate over whether Sarah Palin attended the 1994 AIP convention (I tend to believe the accounts that say she was there), there is no doubt about the fact that her husband joined the party in 1995. And there is no doubt that Sarah Palin has addressed the convention in 2006.
As written by Bob Sommer, at the Kansas City Star blog:
As recently as 2006, Palin addressed the AIP's state convention. Key figures from this party were instrumental in her election as mayor of Wasilla, among them Mark Chryson, who said, "With Sarah as a mayor, there were a number of times when I just showed up at City Hall and said, 'Hey, Sarah, we need help.' I think there was only one time when I wasn't able to talk to her and that was because she was in a meeting."
However, the connection did not end in 2006.
In fact, Governor Palin, had no problem issuing the following video welcome to the 2008 AIP convention, earlier this year. You may notice, that Governor Palin is older than 8, and knows full well, the history of the people she is addressing:
Sarah Palin knows far more about associating with terrorists than anything Senator Obama could even dream up. Her husband was a member of a proudly 'anti-American' political party, that was founded by a man who wasn't dealing in plastic explosives, simply for the sheer fun of it.
The hypocrisy of Sarah and Todd Palin knows no bounds.