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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sarah Palin: Past Member of Secessionist Party

Irrespective of the fact (note: FACT) that McCain did very little if any vetting of Sarah Palin before choosing her as his VP, it still amazes me that there is still so much dirt that is being uncovered on her -- the body of data increases with every hour.

One of the latest (and strangest) bits is that she was a member of the fringe Alaska Independence Party, which advocates full secession from the United States. Here are some key data points uncovered by hilzoy:

The Party's Introduction page has this quote from its founder: "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."

Its goal has its own separate page:
"The Alaskan Independence Party's goal is the vote we were entitled to in 1958, one choice from among the following four alternatives:

1) Remain a Territory.
2) Become a separate and Independent Nation.
3) Accept Commonwealth status.
4) Become a State.

The call for this vote is in furtherance of the dream of the Alaskan Independence Party's founding father, Joe Vogler, that Alaskans achieve independence under a minimal government, fully responsive to the people, and promoting a peaceful and lawful means of resolving differences."

Hilzoy's ultimate take:
The McCain campaign has been more than willing to question Obama's patriotism on the basis of nothing at all. Yet when asked about Sarah Palin's past membership in a secessionist party, "a McCain spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment."