Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Dangerous Radicals

In the wake of Sarah Palin's hypocritical attacks on Barack Obama's so-called (but widely discredited) "ties" to former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers, David Talbot has an interesting story at Salon about the Palin's own links to a radical secessionist party in Alaska, the Alaska Independence Party (AIP).

The article starts with a quote from the secessionists: "My government is my worst enemy. I'm going to fight them with any means at hand." It then goes on to recount the scary history of these crazies, including Todd Palin's 7 year membership in the group and a bizarre story about founder Joe Vogler's alliance with Iran against the U.S. government at the United Nations. Vogler was assassinated by another looney secessionst in the 1990s. The essay also points out that earlier this year, Sarah Palin herself gave this unAmerican organization one of her Joe Six-Pack "shout-outs: "Keep up the good work," Palin told AIP members. "And God bless you." Talbot also quotes current AIP chairwoman Lynette Clark telling him that Sarah Palin is her kind of gal: "She's Alaskan to the bone ... she sounds just like Joe Vogler."

In conclusion, Talbot asks the money question: Imagine the uproar if Michelle Obama was revealed to have joined a black nationalist party whose founder preached armed secession from the United States and who enlisted the government of Iran in his cause? The Obama campaign would probably not have survived such an explosive revelation. Particularly if Barack Obama himself was videotaped giving the anti-American secessionists his wholehearted support just months ago.

So, who are the real "America haters," the Obamas or the Palins? Why isn't the mainstream press covering this craziness?

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