Christian Exodus, in case you're wondering, is a fundamentalist right-wing Christian organization that proposes congregating their people in one places and making a stand against the "financially and morally bankrupt American empire." (Well, they've got us there, I guess.)
But back to the AIP:
Their platform begins with the following:
- To effect full compliance with the constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Alaska.
- To support and defend States' Rights, Individual Rights, Property Rights, and the Equal Footing Doctrine as guaranteed by the constitutions of the United States of America and the state of Alaska.
Finally, a little bit about Joe Vogler, the founder of the Alaska Independence Party. Two quotes to ruminate over from the video:
"The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. And I won’t be buried under their damn flag. I’ll be buried in Dawson. And when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home.”And,
“I’m an Alaskan, not an American. I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions."And I'm almost sure he wasn't wearing a flag lapel pin when he was saying them.
Did Sarah Palin "pal around" with Joe Vogler? Probably not. See, Joe Vogler was killed in 1993, murdered during an attempt to illegally purchase plastic explosives. But by the time Todd Palin joined the party barely two years later, the whole story of Joe Vogler and his intentions for the AIP were widely publicized. Volger is still lionized by the party, and the memorial written to him 13 years ago still appears on their website (without the telling quotes and the circumstances of his death, of course).
And yet this very year, Sarah Palin encouraged the AIP, a party dedicated to "infiltrating" high office under the Republican banner, consorting with borderline fringe groups like the Christian Exodus, and founded by a man who, by his own admission, hated America with all his heart, to "keep up the good work."
That's a big, shiny glass house.