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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.