Tuesday, September 9, 2008

We give them money, but are they grateful?

No, they're spiteful and they're hateful.

This perky couplet comes from Randy Newman's song Political Science, best known for its hook line Let's drop the Big One and see what happens.

Alaska is one big welfare state, but many of the rugged Alaskans believe it could be paradise on earth if that damn American gummint could just be made to go away. This is the main political demand of the Alaska Independence Party, the third largest party in the state with less than 20,000 members, compared to about 110,000 Republicans and 60,000 Democrats. In a parliamentary government, they would probably have a few seats, but this isn't a parliamentary form, this is America, dammit!

In the late sixties, a bunch of these chowderheads started having buyer's remorse about the vote for statehood and one of them, Joe Vogler, had a law degree. He noted that the U.N. Charter stated that any such vote for a change of status in a territory couldn't be just an up and down vote on statehood, but had to include the option of voting to become an independent country. And so was born the Alaska Independence Party, usually shortened to AIP.

These folks talk about the U.S. like Tom Paine and Alexander Hamilton talked about King George. They hate being under the yoke of the cruel federal government who send them boatloads of money. They rail at the corruption, knowing that if they were in power, Alaska would be a shining beacon of clean government and almost unlimited prosperity.

If these people were all teenagers, it would be a charming display of youthful idealism. When you see a Santa Claus impersonator like Dexter Clark drone on and on about the U.N. coming to the aid of the downtrodden Alaskans, you are looking at a sad example of Rock F*#king Stupidity. They think if they were an independent nation, their honest government would stand up to the oil companies!

Dude, read Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine and get back to me.

Vogler died at the age of 80 in 1993, in what looks like a scam gone bad that resulted in murder. He was the scammee, not the scammer. His body was missing for weeks. He was finally buried in Canada's Yukon, because he didn't want the American flag over his bones. He considered the U.S. troops stationed in Alaska to be occupation forces.

In simple terms, these people are traitors to this country.

And who's the best known of these traitors? Why, hunky First Dude and champion snowmobiler Todd Palin! He absolutely was a member until that little lady he can't control got it into her pretty little head to get into politics, when he changed his party affiliation from the AIP to undeclared in 2002. He's not even a Republican! All the spine he can muster when wifey dear cracks the whip is to say he won't open his yap in public, but really, he stands with these traitorous bastards who want to leave the United States, whose founder openly hated our country.

Sarah attended meetings, too, but Todd appears to be the real impetus. He's a traitor and he's the father of her children. She videotaped a welcoming message for them, acting like they are just a bunch of swell guys, yup!

Like I said before, the Republicans showed poor judgment shining a spotlight on Alaskan politics, which is not only crazy corrupt but just plain crazy.

Sarah Palin literally sleeps with the enemy. She cannot serve, and the man who chose her to be on the ticket is equally unfit for the office.


karenzipdrive said...

Can outsiders from the lower 48 join that secede bunch up there in Alaskie?
I'm all for them seceding. Think of the money we'd save not having to bail them out every year.

dguzman said...

First, some housekeeping notes: Wouldn't he be "Second Dude?"
I think you meant the "yoke of the cruel federal government," rather than the runny yellow "yolk" of it. But your word's funnier.

Second--your post reveals the kinds of simple, plain facts that the MSM NEVER digs into. When Chimpy can say the Constitution's "just a goddamned piece of paper" and proceed to urinate all over it, and STILL not get impeached, all bets are off as far as treason charges go.

These two are a disgusting pair. I hope they freeze up there.

Matty Boy said...

Hey, dg, thanks for the yoke/yolk catch. My bad all the way. I'll misspell gummint for a joke, but yoke/yolk was just dumb on my part. Might have something to do with typing at 4:00 am.

He is the First Dude of Alaska. If he becomes Second Dude of anything, I may start praying on a daily basis again.

Today, the Washington Post shows that she's just as corrupt as Ted Stevens ever was, having the state pay her a per diem for LIVING IN HER OWN HOME!

Alaska politics is not something you want to watch while eating.

namastenancy said...

Thanks for shining a light in some pretty filthy places. Now, if our "mainstream" media would do the same instead of removing the rare newperson who actually shows some horror at RNP hijinks.

jolie said...

EJ Dionne has a readable piece in today’s wapo. hope y'all don't mind if I just go ahead and post it here along with the link.
Pulling the Curtain on Palin
By E. J. Dionne Jr.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008; Page A23

John McCain’s campaign acknowledged this weekend that Sarah Palin is unprepared to be vice president or president of the United States.

Of course, McCain’s people said no such thing. But their actions told you all you needed to know.

McCain, Barack Obama and Joe Biden all subjected themselves to tough questioning on the regular Sunday news programs. Palin was the only no-show. And it’s not just the Sunday interviews. She has not opened herself to any serious questioning since McCain picked her to be next in line for the presidency.

McCain’s advisers clearly don’t trust Palin to answer questions about policy and don’t want her to answer many of the questions that have been raised about her tenure as governor of Alaska.

Rick Davis, McCain’s campaign manager, gave the game away when he said on “Fox News Sunday” that she would not meet with reporters until they showed a willingness to treat her “with some level of respect and deference.”

Deference? That’s a word used in monarchies or aristocracies. Democracies don’t give “deference” to politicians. When have McCain, Obama, Biden or, for that matter, Hillary Clinton asked for deference?

A few hours later came the announcement that Palin would grant an interview to ABC News’s Charlie Gibson. Recall that Gibson was the co-host of an ABC News debate last April during which Obama faced a relentless pounding. Here’s hoping that a sense of fairness will lead Gibson to be comparably tough on Palin this week. If he treats her more deferentially than he did Obama, we will know that McCain’s war on the media is working.

From the moment Palin was picked, reporters immediately began to ask questions, a lot of them. Because she was so little known outside Alaska, her views on many issues, particularly foreign policy, are a mystery. Voters also need to know how McCain went about reaching what will probably be the most important decision he makes during this campaign.

A week ago, Elisabeth Bumiller of the New York Times cited McCain sources questioning “how thoroughly Mr. McCain had examined her background before putting her on the Republican presidential ticket.” She reported that Palin had been selected “with more haste than McCain advisers initially described.” (She also mistakenly reported that Palin belonged to the Alaskan Independence Party. It was her husband, Todd, who had been a member.)

McCain’s people trashed Bumiller, saying she had opted to “make up her own version of events.” Steve Schmidt, McCain’s chief strategist, said the Times had written “an absolute work of fiction” about the vetting process while Karl Rove told his Fox News viewers that the Times “got it wrong.”

It turned out that the McCain side misled journalists. Bumiller was right about the vetting. The lesson is that McCain’s counselors are not interested in fair treatment, and they are certainly not interested in the truth.

If the media cave to McCain’s pressure, it will be the third time this decade that conservative attacks led reporters to tilt to the right.

During the 2000 battle over Florida, Al Gore’s perfectly defensible efforts to win a hand recount ran into a buzz saw of criticism from nonpartisan commentators, many of whom urged Gore to withdraw “gracefully.” In the buildup to the Iraq war, the Bush administration and its supporters savaged the patriotism of many who raised questions about its strategy and its plans. Now, McCain hopes Palin will skate through the next two months without any real scrutiny or questioning.

It is hugely unfortunate that the first big story about Palin — other than questions raised about whether she fired the head of the Alaska state police for refusing to dismiss her former brother-in-law — concerned her 17-year-old daughter’s pregnancy. It’s not just that Bristol Palin should be left alone, but also that the intense interest in this story gave McCain’s bullies an excuse to push aside legitimate questions about Palin’s record and knowledge.

Of course, Palin’s handlers are being hypocritical: They want to focus on her family life and her identity as a hockey mom when doing so helps them and to push aside any story that mars this perfect picture. Conservatives are always against identity politics until they are for it.

Nonetheless, what matters is not Palin’s personal life but whether she is prepared to assume the presidency if called upon. The actions of McCain’s lieutenants suggest that they know the answer. And they are doing everything they can to keep the media from finding it.

CDP said...

EJ Dionne's piece is about exactly what I'm obsessed about re Palin. Now there's a women's PAC which has put out a statement that the media should "lay off" Sarah Palin...how can they lay off when they haven't even touched her? I don't think that the AIP thing is going to get any coverage at all unless there's some proof of a terrorist act or a crime connected with the AIP.

Matty Boy said...

I'm not sure I agree, cdp. Veterans aren't going to be happy being called "occupation forces" when they served in Alaska.

FranIAm said...

I love how she notes that Alaskans are the "hardest working and most grateful" Americans.

We are just a bunch of lazy ass, ungrateful and thankless fucks down here.