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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Palin Controversy Continues…

I find that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an Independent registered voter. In my mind it simply means that you can not honestly follow the path of the two main stream political parties in America. Technically, I am a moderate that happens to be stuck in the middle with millions of other swing voters still registered as either a Democrat or a Republican.

Todd Palin, the husband of GOP nominee for Vice President and Governor of Alaska, was registered as an Independent for a few years. Over at Talking Points Memo they have this on it…

Founder Of Group Palin Courted Professed "Hatred For The American Government"; Cursed "Damn Flag"
By Greg Sargent - September 2, 2008, 6:10PM

The founder of the Alaska Independence Party -- a group that has been courted over the years by Sarah Palin, and one her husband was a member of for roughly seven years -- once professed his "hatred for the American government" and cursed the American flag as a "damn flag."

The AIP founder, Joe Vogler, made the comments in 1991, in an interview that's now housed at the Oral History Program in the Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

"The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government," Vogler said in the interview, in which he talked extensively about his desire for Alaskan secession, the key goal of the AIP.

"And I won't be buried under their damn flag," Vogler continued in the interview, which also touched on his disappointment with the American judicial system. "I'll be buried in Dawson. And when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home."

At another point, Volger advocated renouncing allegiance to the United States. In the course of denouncing Federal regulation over land, he said:
"And then you get mad. And you say, the hell with them. And you renounce allegiance, and you pledge your efforts, your effects, your honor, your life to Alaska."

You can listen to audio of the relevant section of the Volger interview here. Bill Schneider, curator of oral history at the library, verified the authenticity of the interview and the quote to me a few moments ago.

Palin has courted the group over the years.
- Talking Points Memo

Can we hear an “Ouch” from the bleacher seats at the GOP Convention? If people were actually sitting in those seats I’m sure we would have. News reports state that approximately 40% of the hall was not occupied. Maybe somebody at the McCain camp forgot to mail the invitations to the GOP Convention? I’m sure there is a very logical explanation.

Back to the Palin controversy, just as Obama went through the gates of hell with Reverend Wright, the Palin’s and the McCain’s are going to have to face this little factoid head on. It should be interesting to see how Governor Palin is going to explain her courting of the Alaska Independence Party to the national media down here in the lower fourty-eight.

And the endless wave of Palin controversy continues…


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