Journalist Frederick Clarkson, at his blog, lays out the rather disturbing background information about the Alaska Independence Party.
The Alaska Independence Party (AIP) held its 2000 convention in Palin’s hometown, Wasalia, when Palin was mayor.
The McCain campaign admits that SHE ATTENDED THE 2000 FUNCTION.
There is also evidence that she attended an AIP convention in the 1990s.
And it turns out that the AIP is affiliated with some of the most extreme fundamenalist theocratic movements in the United States, most notably the Constitution Party. Here’s Clarkson:
[T]he AIP is the Alaska affiliate of the Constitution Party, founded by Howard Phillips, and has been the political home to leading theocratic Christian Reconstructionism such as John Lofton, Otto Scott, Joe Morecraft and movement founder R.J. Rushdoony himself. It has also been the party of some of the most militant anti-abortion activists in the U.S. such as Matthew Trewhella and Ralph Ovadal of Missionaries to the Preborn and for many years Randall Terry — until he decided to run (unsuccessfully) in a primary challenge to an incumbent Republican State Senator Jim King (who had stood up to the Religious Right during the Terri Schiavo episode.) More recently perennial GOP presidential candidate Alan Keyes unsuccessfully sought the Constitution Party nomination. Currently the third largest political party in the U.S. in terms of membership, it is usually on the ballot in about 35 states.
Earlier this year, Palin sent a video message to the AIP for its annual convention, where AIP vice chair George Clark told the small crowd that Palin “was an AIP member before she got the job as a mayor of a small town — that was a non-partisan job. But you get along to go along — she eventually joined the Republican Party, where she had all kinds of problems with their ethics, and well, I won’t go into that. She also had about an 80 percent approval rating, and is pretty well sympathetic to her former membership.”
Given the theocratic orientation of the Constitution Party, it should come as no surprise that Palin would have found a home there and that here views would continue to reflect those of many if not most CP members as well as its platform.
She is a creationist; is as the CP folks say, 100% prolife, meaning no rape or health of the mother exceptions for abortion and no stem cell research; anti -LGBT rights (and not just marriage equality). These are not single issues but outgrowths of her world view.
Palin’s recent history with the Constitution Party and more importantly, the far, theocratic right orientation of her politics are likely to become one of the major issues of the 2008 presidential campaign.
Clarkson’s full blog post on the AIP can be read here: http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/9/2/1938/63427