So, Sarah Palin criticizes Barack Obama for “palling around” with former Weatherman William Ayers. I don’t know that attending someone’s educational seminar or sitting on a board with them constitutes “palling around,” but who knows what goes through her mind. Palin told CBS News’ Katie Couric that the worst thing Dick Cheney ever did was to shoot his friend by mistake — forget the lying about weapons of mass destruction, the leaking of Valerie Plame’s identity, and the terrorist and torture incidents that took place with his support.
Once again, a member of the McCain/Palin ticket seeks to smear Obama unfairly and unconscionably — and from a dubious position within a glass house. Blogger Casey Gane-McCalla tells a story that shows that not only is Palin a hypocrite and perhaps a liar, but that she has some associations of her own that many in the American mainstream would consider questionable.
First and foremost, a disclaimer: I have been quoted numerous times saying that I don’t consider myself a US citizen, and that is true. Yes, my parents were natives and both of their children were born on these shores, as were mine (and all are proud US citizens). By definition, I am a citizen too — that is what my passport says, but it is not my choice. When this ex-pat-in-waiting has the wherewithal to move to a country where all citizens are equal under law, that’s the plan. At the same time, this pacifist ex-pat-in-waiting wants only good for the land of her birth, which happily takes her tax dollars, and everything she does in terms of activism is to make the world — including the US — a better place. And though I refuse to sing anthems, recite pledges, defer to “leaders,” or salute pieces of cloth, I am happy to sing along to “God Bless America.” Lots of good stuff happens in this country, and there are wonderful people who live here. The concept of America is brilliant — the country just loses big points with me because of its government’s lies and because of the religion lurking in its laws.
Back to the primary story: The Alaska governor denies charges that she was a member of the Alaska Independence Party, a radical political group whose stated philosophy is “Alaska First,” and that has advocated Alaska’s secession from the Union. Palin indeed may not have been a member of AKIP (apparently the group’s preferred acronym, though they are also referred to as AIP), but according to the writer, “First Dude” Todd Palin did belong to the organization for about seven years, and his wife has spent time with group members. She has also spoken at its convention:
Writes Gane-McCalla for NewsOne:
Her husband was definitely a member from 1995-2002 according to voting records [editor’s note: the AKIP’s recently altered web site states, “Todd Palin was registered as a member but never participated in any party activities aside from attending a convention in Wasilla at one time”]. While it is questionable to call them terrorists, they were definitely radical secessionists who did not fall in line with … McCain’s slogan ‘Country First.’
… Here are a few quotes from the founder of the party, Joe Vogler:
‘The fires of hell are frozen glaciers (or cool breezes, per the Chairman of the Party, Lynette Clark) compared to my hatred for the American government.’
‘I’m an Alaskan first. Not an American. I have no use for America and her damned institutions.’
… Former head of the AKIP, Mark Chryson, had kind words to say about Palin:”I have known her for over 15 years, been in her house and have had numerous conversations with her, in person, on the phone both for personal issues as well as political issues.”
Sounds at the very least like palling around to me. Even AKIP Chair Lynette Clark herself believed until recently that the Republican VP candidate was a member, as she admits in an interview with Gane-McCalla. None of this means that Sarah Palin supported or endorsed the group’s political views (or that she didn’t), but we are sure that Barack Obama had no connection to Ayers’ acts of 40 years ago. Why is this fact so upsetting to Palin (and to her sycophant Elisabeth Hasselbeck)? If Palin doesn’t want to be tarred simply for knowing these folks and having them in her home or for her husband’s membership in a group that doesn’t put America first, she should not criticize Obama for someone he happens to know.
Do read Gane-McCalla’s entire article and interview plus the links above to learn more about the, um, interesting AIP and its views. And remember, AKIP member or not, Sarah Palin has palled around with this crew. That’s a fact.