Alaska First, Not America?: Sarah Palin’s Weird Link to an Alaskan Secessionist Movement

Conservative Atlantic blogger, Andrew Sullivan, in a bit of justified righteous indignation, is coming down hard on McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin for his VP—and McCain’s impulsiveness, and haphazard and perfunctory vetting process of her. Here’s Sullivan expressing outrage at McCain missing the fact that Palin was apparently involved, in the 1990s, in the politics of an Alaskan group advocating that the state vote on Alaskan independence from the United States:

“I’m an Alaskan, not an American. I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.” The late Joe Vogler, founder of the Alaskan Independence Party. Sarah Palin and her husband are said to have been members from 1994 to 1996.  From the political party’s website:

Vogler formed Alaskans for Independence (AFI) in 1978 in order to promote the idea of an “Independent Nation of Alaska.”…Although it is widely thought to be a secessionist movement, the Party makes great effort to emphasize that its primary goal is merely a vote on secession, something that Party advocates say Alaskans were denied during the founding of the state.

Merely? The McCain campaign is mum about Palin’s involvement with the political party.

I strongly recommend that people consider following Sullivan’s blog over the next couple of days.

He’s on the Palin unravelling.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to Alaska First, Not America?: Sarah Palin’s Weird Link to an Alaskan Secessionist Movement

  1. Anonymous says:

    did Mcain do this to ensure his not being elected

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