Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Alaska Independence Party and The Palins; Does Anyone Else Have Any Questions?

On September 2, 2008 Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska was nominated for the Vice Presidency of the United States by the Republican Party.

That same day the Los Angeles Times ran the story of Governor Palin's, and her husband Todd's, involvement with the Alaska Independence Party.

The AIP was founded in 1978 by Joe Vogeler, described as a "secessionist gold miner". Vogeler has been quoted with the following; " I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."

The original goal of the AIP was succession from the United States. Today they are aiming for an Alaskan plebiscite to determine if Alaska should remain a state, revert to territorial status, become a Commonwealth of the United States, or become an independent nation. In the past some members have even explored the possibility of joining Canada's Northwest Territories and the Yukon to form an independent western Canadian state.

It has been verified that Todd Palin, the governor's husband, was indeed a member of the AIP from 1995 to 2002. He is no longer a member and he has been listed as "undeclared" since 2002. The Los Angeles Times reported on September 2nd that both Palins attended the AIP convention in Wasila in 1994. Lynnette Clark, AIP Party Chairman, was a source for information that Sarah Palin, too, was a member of the party. Clark later retracted the claim, saying she was mistaken.

Sarah Palin has shown support for the AIP in the past, and addressed them in a You Tube video.

Today, there are 13,681 members of the Alaska Independence Party. Alaska currently has 479,721 registered voters.

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