Sarah Palin: The Non-American Vice President that America Has Been Waiting ForComments
If this is true, my governor is a full-blown lunatic.
Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent, she was once a member of their party, which, since the 1970s, has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States.
And while McCain’s motto — as seen in a new TV ad — is “Country First,” the AIP’s motto is the exact opposite — “Alaska First — Alaska Always.”
Lynette Clark, the chairman of the AIP, tells ABC News that Palin and her husband Todd were members in 1994, even attending the 1994 statewide convention in Wasilla. Clark was AIP secretary at the time.
“We are a state’s rights party,” says Clark, a self-employed goldminer. The AIP has “a plank that challenges the legality of the Alaskan statehood vote as illegal and in violation of United Nations charter and international law.”
The AIP are essentially hard core libertarians whose animating principle is the belief that our statehood vote in 1958 was illegitimate because — contrary to Article 73 of the UN Charter — the “non-self-governing territory” of Alaska was not properly offered the option of independence. (You can read the ponderous legal argument here.) The most hardcore AIPs genuinely want Alaska to be a separate nation; others would prefer to become a commonwealth; still others would seek to meld our fortunes with these folks, who are equally disgruntled with their semi-colonial status. Mostly, though, they just want to dismantle the government and shoot anything that sets foot on their property.
To further their agenda, the AIP has endorsed the nomination of Chuck Baldwin, the Constitutional Party member and gurgling madman who ended Alan Keyes’ run for the presidency. (UPDATE: KEYESMENTUM!)
I’ve secured footage from a recent AIP meeting to give everyone a glmpse of the intellectual atmosphere that Sarah Palin breathed during the early years of her political ascent: