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What Is the AIP?

And what does it have to do with Sarah Palin?

…the Alaskan Independence Party. Putting plunder above patriotism, the members of this treasonous cabal aim to break our country into pieces and walk away with Alaska’s rich federal oil fields and one-fifth of Americas land base–an area three-fourths the size of the Civil War Confederacy.

AIPs charter commits the party “to the ultimate independence of Alaska,” from the United States which it refers to as “the colonial bureaucracy in Washington.” It proclaims Alaska’s 1959 induction as a state “as illegal and in violation of the United Nations charter and international law.”

This is from an article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. over at the Huffington Post. Apparently, Palin’s husband was a member until very recently, and Palin herself still has strong ties to it.

Palin’s husband Todd remained an AIP party member from 1995 to 2002. Sarah can be described in McCarthy-era palaver as a “fellow traveler.” While retaining her Republican registration, she attended the AIP’s 1994 convention where the party called for a draft constitution to secede from the United States and create an independent nation of Alaska. The McCain Campaign has reluctantly acknowledged that she also attended AIP’s 2000 Convention. She apparently found the experience so inspiring that she agreed to give a keynote address at the AIP’s 2006 convention and she recorded a video greeting for this year’s 2008 convention. In other words, this is not something that happened when she was eight!

AIP was founded by a man named Joe Vogler who said, “I’m an Alaskan, not an American, I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.”

Apparently, Palin doen’t see the same America as you and me.