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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:00 AM
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What is Sarah Palin's relationship with the Alaskan Independence Party (AIP)?
Does Palin Have A Connection To The AIP?
by georgia10
Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 06:36:58 AM PDT

"I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions." - Joe Vogler, founder of the Alaskan Independence Party

What is Sarah Palin's relationship with the Alaskan Independence Party (AIP)?

As user Liz Arnett informs us, Sarah Palin may have some ties with this organization, and organization whose platform includes "complete independence and nationhood status for Alaska."

Perhaps the question of whether Palin, who's a 72-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency, may want to make America a 49-state nation is something that should have come up during the vetting process? Of course, given that the vetting process is just now getting underway, that the McCain camp knows about the possibility of this bizarre affiliation is doubtful.

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WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF PALIN'S RELATIONSHIP TO THE AIP?
Clearly, the AIP, although claiming it's no longer a "fringe group," advocates for some pretty radical ideas. As Liz Arnett's diary sets forth, Sarah Palin recorded a nice message to the AIP Convention this year, saying that the party "plays an important role in our state's politics" and that "we have a great promise to be a self-sufficient state."

In this clip, AIP Vice Chairman of the AIP, Dexter Clark reveals that:

"Our current governor who I mentioned at the last conference, the one we were hoping would get elected, Sarah Palin, did get elected . . . .and there was a lot of talk about her moving up. She was an AIP member before she got the job as mayor . . ."

Palin was mayor of Wasilla from 1996-2002. But does she still agree with any other parts of the troubling AIP platform?

Since McCain never vetted Palin before putting her on the ticket, it's now time for her to vetted in the public eye and answer some questions for the American people. Has Sarah Palin, as the officer of the AIP claims, ever been a member of the AIP? Does she believe that Alaskan citizens are entitled to a vote on secession? Does she agree with any stances in the AIP platform?

That a candidate for Vice-President may be affiliated with such a fringe group would be unfathomable, until we remember that, as Christopher Hayes at The Nation reminds us, Palin is no stranger to fringe politics. Pat Buchanan himself beamed at her VP announcement, stating "I'm pretty sure she's a Buchananite!"

Sarah Palin has some questions to answer. And she has only 64 days to convince the American people that she has the judgment, temperament, and worldview appropriate to be the Vice-President of the United States. And as for John McCain? He has questions to answer as well. Did he know about Palin's possible connections with this fringe group? Did he even investigate the question? If not, what does that demonstrate about McCain's judgment?

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/9/1/84544/50180


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gaiilonfong Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:03 AM
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1. We must get this out everywhere
this is important....

We should ask

So Sarah America FIRST or Alaska FIRST
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:12 AM
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8. NO! we need to dwell on the baby baby baby
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crazylikafox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:03 AM
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2. This is just getting to be too much fun...
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vanderBeth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:07 AM
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3. This isn't surprising...
Edited on Mon Sep-01-08 09:07 AM by vanderRock
she said she didn't know what the VP does in a video, but said she would do it to help Alaska.

Way to put country first...
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nc4bo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:08 AM
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4. Vetting? What's vetting? Who needs to do any vetting? Vetting = waste of time & $. Yep-Yep. nt
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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:48 AM
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12. Better to go with your "gut feeling!"
Just like GWB!!!
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MNDemNY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:09 AM
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5. Lap-dog.
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:09 AM
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6. Yo MNDemNY!
Good to see you around. :hi:
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MNDemNY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:11 AM
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7. Been away, moved to Delaware.
I'm back, registered to vote, strongly behind our candidate, as I said I would be.
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malletgirl02 Donating Member (938 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:19 AM
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9. K&R nt.
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Happyhippychick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:38 AM
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10. K&R
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medicswife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:45 AM
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11. So she's a secessionist too then, huh?
Here's a great big kick for the "Let's turn Alaska into it's own Nation" story. I wonder, being as she's from Idaho as well.....if any in her family have ties to the big White Supremacist group that used to be headquartered up in that neck of the woods. Yes, I know that is a VERY inflammatory comment and they probably do NOT. But I'm allowed to be curious, especially if it turns out that she agreed with having Alaska break off from the Union. The Aryan Nations wanted to start their own little country by appropriating sections of the Rocky Mountain Northwest and the Pacific Northwest. They are also a very fundamentalist Christian sect.

:kick:
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populistdriven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 10:45 AM
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14. She is a SEPARATIST
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medicswife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 10:50 AM
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15. You're right, there is a difference. Thanks. nt
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 09:49 AM
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13. Nutscity
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JBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-01-08 10:53 AM
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16. Why does Sarah Palin hate America?
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