"I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."
"And I won’t be buried under their damn flag. I’ll be buried in Dawson. And when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home.”
- Joe Vogler, Founder of The Alaska Independence Party (the former quote is still on their website).Sarah Palin's association with the AIP:
1) According to Lynette Clark, the chairman of the AIP, Sarah Palin and her husband Todd were members in the 1990's and attended statewide conventions.
2) From the AIP website: "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 . . . " (Video Evidence)
3) Her husband, Todd Palin, was a member until 2002.
4) And finally, here is Sarah Palin's address to the AIP convention this year.
McCain's campaign slogan is "Country First." By contrast, the AIP campaign slogan is "Alaska First -- Alaska Always."
Would you be associated for decades with a political organization that professes hatred towards America? Or does hatred of America only matter if its espoused by your pastor, as opposed to your political party?
As I wrote below, the issue for me in all of this is the judgment and vetting (or lack thereof) of John McCain. I cannot imagine how insulted eminently qualified candidates like Senators, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Olympia Snow, or Elizabeth Dole must feel right now. Not to mention, Hillary Clinton voters, whose proclivity towards their candidate has been reduced by John McCain to gender politics in this calculated attempt to win them over in November.