It is important to note that while the Weatherman set off bombs when Barak Obama was eight years old, Todd Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party for years. He ended his association only recently. The AIP’s stated aim is for Alaska to secede from the Union. In case any of you are wondering – unlike that shit the Fox crowd screams about Obama – succession is treason.
§ 2381. Treason
Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
§ 2384. Seditious conspiracy
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
People should be yelling this from the fucking rooftops.
[I]f McCarthy-era guilt-by-association is once again a valid political consideration, Palin, it would seem, has more to lose than Obama. Palin, it could be argued, following her own logic, thinks so little of America’s perfection that she continues to “pal around” with a man–her husband, actually–who only recently terminated his seven-year membership in the Alaskan Independence Party. Putting plunder above patriotism, the members of this treasonous cabal aim to break our country into pieces and walk away with Alaska’s rich federal oil fields and one-fifth of America’s land base–an area three-fourths the size of the Civil War Confederacy.
. . . AIP’s creation was inspired by the rabidly violent anti-Americanism of its founding father Joe Vogler, “I’m an Alaskan, not an American,” reads a favorite Vogler quote on AIP’s current website, “I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.” According to Vogler AIP’s central purpose was to drive Alaska’s secession from the United States. Alaska, says current Chairwoman Lynette Clark, “should be an independent nation.”
Joe Vogler might have acutally been a terrorist, just the type of person the right is quick to accuse Obama of assocaiting with: “Vogler was murdered in 1993 during an illegal sale of plastic explosives that went bad” See id. Who the hell needs to buy illegal plastic explosives?
Do I know what he was going to do with them? No. Of course not. But we’re far beyond above board political conversations in this country. If an association with Ayers is bad, then being a member of the AIP is bad as well.
I think there is a lot more to come on this…
Update: After a good night’s sleep following a week of awful midterms, I realize this post lacks clarity. In my haste putting this post together, I oversimplified the issues related to Todd Palin’s former political party, the AIP, and their goal of splitting Alaska off from the rest of the United States. Seditious conspiracy is not synonymous with treason. They are, in fact, two different crimes with different burdens of proof, different punishments, etc.
And see: United States v. Rodriguez.
The point I had wanted to make was the attacks on Obama for associated himself with a former member of the group Weather Underground are a bit of a stretch as the “association” comes some twenty years following the illegal activities of Ayers. Also, and perhaps more importantly, Todd Palin was until recently a member of a political party whose stated goal is one of sedition. Sarah Palin both attended and gave speeches at AIP conventions. If we’re going to point fingers about who doesn’t love America…