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FTR #652 Palin by Comparison

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Intro­duc­tion: Eclipsed by the dis­as­trous finan­cial news of recent months, as well as rel­a­tive­ly super­fi­cial con­sid­er­a­tions-lip­stick, hock­ey mom, moose huntress-Sarah Pal­in’s polit­i­cal resume and her­itage is gen­uine­ly fright­en­ing. Although down­played or ignored by main­stream media, Sarah Pal­in’s pro­found rela­tion­ship with the Alaskan Inde­pen­dence Par­ty (AIP) [4] augurs very poor­ly for Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. Anti-Amer­i­can, polit­i­cal­ly ret­ro­grade, deeply racist and ded­i­cat­ed to frac­tur­ing the repub­lic, the AIP is the Alaskan ele­ment of the Con­sti­tu­tion Par­ty. [5] This fas­cist polit­i­cal par­ty has run can­di­dates endorsed by the Aryan Nations and ded­i­cat­ed to the suc­cess­ful re-estab­lish­ment of the Con­fed­er­a­cy. In addi­tion to echo­ing the neo-Con­fed­er­ate [6] endorse­ment of South­ern Seces­sion, the AIP has active­ly sought the sup­port of the Repub­lic of Iran in attempts to sep­a­rate Alas­ka from the Unit­ed States. Ear­li­er in 2008, Palin sent a greet­ing to the AIP’s con­ven­tion, endors­ing their efforts. Those knowl­edge­able about Pal­in’s polit­i­cal her­itage assert that this greet­ing was pre­dictable. In fact, the AIP had much to do with shap­ing Pal­in’s polit­i­cal agen­da when she was may­or of Wasil­la and she con­tin­ued to per­mit access to her AIP men­tors when she became gov­er­nor. (Her hus­band Todd Palin was a mem­ber of the AIP until recent­ly and is described by acquain­tances as a “shad­ow gov­er­nor.”) For­mer Nixon cab­i­net offi­cial Wal­ter Hick­el became gov­er­nor of Alas­ka run­ning as the AIP can­di­date! Although he lat­er switched back to the GOP, Hick­el takes cred­it for Pal­in’s elec­tion. Of great sig­nif­i­cance is the AIP’s ide­o­log­i­cal affil­i­a­tion with oth­er seces­sion­ist ele­ments around the world, includ­ing ele­ments asso­ci­at­ed with the UNPO [7], an orga­ni­za­tion that cham­pi­ons the inde­pen­dence of “unrep­re­sent­ed peo­ples.” Although it rep­re­sents itself as egal­i­tar­i­an and pro­gres­sive, the UNPO’s agen­da actu­al­ly works to under­mine the polit­i­cal and geo­graph­i­cal integri­ty of larg­er coun­tries that might present a rival to the Under­ground Reich. Of more than pass­ing sig­nif­i­cance is the fact that Palin quot­ed fas­cist colum­nist West­brook Pegler [8] in her speech before the Repub­li­can Con­ven­tion. It is also worth con­tem­plat­ing what the Nazi ele­ments [9] in the Bush admin­is­tra­tion will do with a seat­ed African-Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: The AIP’s sup­port for Tibetan seces­sion, the AIP’s sup­port for the Lako­ta seces­sion­ist move­ment; the AIP’s sup­port for Hawai­ian seces­sion; the AIP’s sup­port for Chechen seces­sion; the endorse­ment of Con­sti­tu­tion Par­ty Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Michael Per­out­ka; by Aryan Nations head Richard But­ler; Sarah Pal­in’s ori­gins in Sand­point Ida­ho [10]-an epi­cen­ter of the White Suprema­cist move­ment.

1. The seces­sion­ist par­ty with which Sarah Palin is close­ly affil­i­at­ed has a vio­lent­ly anti-Amer­i­can agen­da.

“ ‘My gov­ern­ment is my worst ene­my. I’m going to fight them with any means at hand.’

This was for­mer rev­o­lu­tion­ary ter­ror­ist Bill Ayers back in his old Weath­er Under­ground days, right? Imag­ine what Sarah Palin is going to do with this incen­di­ary quote as she tears into Barack Oba­ma this week.

Only one prob­lem. The quote is from Joe Vogler, the rag­ing anti-Amer­i­can who found­ed the Alas­ka Inde­pen­dence Par­ty. Incon­ve­nient­ly for Palin, that’s the very same seces­sion­ist par­ty that her hus­band, Todd, belonged to for sev­en years and that she sent a shout-out to as Alas­ka gov­er­nor ear­li­er this year. (‘Keep up the good work,’ Palin told AIP mem­bers. ‘And God bless you.’)

AIP chair­woman Lynette Clark told me recent­ly that Sarah Palin is her kind of gal. ‘She’s Alaskan to the bone ... she sounds just like Joe Vogler.’

So who are these Amer­i­ca-haters that the Palins are pallin’ around with? . . .”

“The Palins’ Un-Amer­i­can Activ­i­ties” by David Tal­bot; Salon.com; 10/07/2008. [4]

2. Vogler has allied him­self with Iran in order to gen­er­ate inter­na­tion­al sup­port for Alaskan seces­sion. In that con­text, one should not lose sight of the net­work­ing between the Iran­ian regime and Nazi and fas­cist ele­ments from the U.S. and Europe [11]. By the same token, the net­work­ing between Islamists and fas­cists is a well doc­u­ment­ed phe­nom­e­non, man­i­fest­ing itself in the 9/11 attacks [12], among oth­er events.

” . . .Vogler was­n’t just a blowhard either. He put his seces­sion­ist ideas into action, work­ing to build AIP mem­ber­ship to 20,000 — an impres­sive fig­ure by Alas­ka stan­dards — and to elect par­ty mem­ber Wal­ter Hick­el as gov­er­nor in 1990.

Vogler’s great­est moment of glo­ry was to be his 1993 appear­ance before the Unit­ed Nations to denounce Unit­ed States ‘tyran­ny’ before the entire world and to demand Alaska’s free­dom. The Alas­ka seces­sion­ist had per­suad­ed the gov­ern­ment of Iran to spon­sor his anti-Amer­i­can harangue.

That’s right ... Iran. The Islam­ic dic­ta­tor­ship. The tak­er of Amer­i­can hostages. The rogue nation that McCain and Palin have exco­ri­at­ed Oba­ma for sug­gest­ing we diplo­mat­i­cal­ly engage. That Iran. . . .”

Idem. [4]

3. Although the main­stream media have ignored or down­played the con­nec­tion, the AIP is very close to Sarah Palin and has helped to shape her polit­i­cal agen­da. AIP lumi­nary Mark Chryson has helped to forge the link between Palin and his par­ty.

” . . . Though Chryson belongs to a fringe polit­i­cal par­ty, one that advo­cates the seces­sion of Alas­ka from the Union, and that orga­nizes with oth­er like-mind­ed seces­sion­ist move­ments from Cana­da to the Deep South, he is not with­out pecu­liar influ­ence in state pol­i­tics, espe­cial­ly the rise of Sarah Palin. An obscure fig­ure out­side of Alas­ka, Chryson has been a polit­i­cal fix­ture in the home­town of the Repub­li­can vice-pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee for over a decade. Dur­ing the 1990s, when Chryson direct­ed the AIP, he and anoth­er rad­i­cal right-winger, Steve Stoll, played a qui­et but piv­otal role in elect­ing Palin as may­or of Wasil­la and shap­ing her polit­i­cal agen­da after­ward. Both Stoll and Chryson not only con­tributed to Pal­in’s cam­paign finan­cial­ly, they played major behind-the-scenes roles in the Palin camp before, dur­ing and after her vic­to­ry. . . .”

“Meet Sarah Pal­in’s Rad­i­cal Right-Wing Pals” by Max Blu­men­thal and David Niew­ert; Salon.com; 10/10/2008. [5]

4. Chryson and the AIP net­work with White Suprema­cist and neo-Con­fed­er­ate orga­ni­za­tions [6]. The AIP’s web site links to many of the site main­tained by groups sup­port­ed by the UNPO [7] (as well as the UNPO’s web­site), such as the Tibetan, Hawai­ian, Lako­ta and Mon­go­lian inde­pen­dence move­ments. Note that the UNPO–represented as a pro­gres­sive, egal­i­tar­i­an organization–supports the rights of minor­i­ty peo­ples in order to weak­en and breakup larg­er states that might prove a rival to the Under­ground Reich. The pos­si­bil­i­ty that an eco­nom­i­cal­ly and polit­i­cal­ly dev­as­tat­ed U.S. might dis­in­te­grate is one to seri­ous­ly con­sid­er. Cer­tain­ly, hav­ing a major-par­ty Vice-Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date affil­i­at­ed with an orga­ni­za­tion such as the AIP is very dis­turb­ing. Note that the AIP’s web­site has a quote from Con­fed­er­ate Pres­i­dent Jef­fer­son Davis at the top of its front page. It is also sig­nif­i­cant that the Con­sti­tu­tion Par­ty, which counts the AIP as its Alaskan affil­i­ate, ran Michael Per­out­ka for Pres­i­dent. Per­out­ka is a mem­ber of the League of the South and his can­di­da­cy was endorsed by Richard But­ler, the now-deceased head of the Aryan Nations.

” . . . Yet Chryson main­tains that his par­ty remains com­mit­ted to full inde­pen­dence. “The Alaskan Inde­pen­dence Par­ty has got links to almost every inde­pen­dence-mind­ed move­ment in the world,” Chryson exclaimed. “And Alas­ka is not the only place that’s about sep­a­ra­tion. There’s at least 30 dif­fer­ent states that are talk­ing about some type of sep­a­ra­tion from the Unit­ed States.”

This has meant rub­bing shoul­ders and forg­ing alliances with out­right white suprema­cists and far-right theocrats, par­tic­u­lar­ly those who dom­i­nate the pro­ceed­ings at such gath­er­ings as the North Amer­i­can Seces­sion­ist con­ven­tions, which AIP del­e­gates have attend­ed in recent years. The AIP’s affil­i­a­tion with neo-Con­fed­er­ate orga­ni­za­tions is moti­vat­ed as much by ide­o­log­i­cal affin­i­ty as by orga­ni­za­tion­al con­ve­nience. Indeed, Chryson makes no secret of his sym­pa­thy for the Lost Cause. ‘Should the Con­fed­er­ate states have been allowed to sep­a­rate and go their peace­ful ways?’ Chryson asked rhetor­i­cal­ly. “Yes. The War of North­ern Aggres­sion, or the Civ­il War, or the War Between the States — how­ev­er you want to refer to it — was not about slav­ery, it was about states’ rights.”

Anoth­er far-right orga­ni­za­tion with whom the AIP has long been aligned is Howard Phillips’ mili­tia-mind­ed Con­sti­tu­tion Par­ty. The AIP has been list­ed as the Con­sti­tu­tion Par­ty’s state affil­i­ate since the late 1990s, and it has endorsed the Con­sti­tu­tion Par­ty’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates (Michael Per­out­ka and Chuck Bald­win) in the past two elec­tions.

The Con­sti­tu­tion Par­ty boasts an open­ly theo­crat­ic plat­form that reads, “It is our goal to lim­it the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to its del­e­gat­ed, enu­mer­at­ed, Con­sti­tu­tion­al func­tions and to restore Amer­i­can jurispru­dence to its orig­i­nal Bib­li­cal com­mon-law foun­da­tions.” In its 1990s incar­na­tion as the U.S. Tax­pay­ers Par­ty, it was on the front lines in pro­mot­ing the “mili­tia” move­ment, and a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of its mem­ber­ship com­pris­es for­mer and cur­rent mili­tia mem­bers.

At its 1992 con­ven­tion, the AIP host­ed both Phillips — the UST­P’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date — and mili­tia-move­ment leader Col. James ‘Bo’ Gritz, who was cam­paign­ing for pres­i­dent under the ban­ner of the far-right Pop­ulist Par­ty. Accord­ing to Chryson, AIP reg­u­lars heav­i­ly sup­port­ed Gritz, but the par­ty deferred to Phillips’ pres­ence and issued no offi­cial endorse­ments. . . .”

Idem. [5]

5. In her speech at the Repub­li­can con­ven­tion, Palin quot­ed West­brook Pegler, a reac­tionary colum­nist viewed as a fas­cist by many, includ­ing George Seldes. (See below)

” . . . ‘We grow good peo­ple in our small towns,’ Palin said, quot­ing some­one iden­ti­fied only as a writer, ‘with hon­esty and sin­cer­i­ty and dig­ni­ty.’ That ‘writer,’ Wall Street Jour­nal colum­nist Thomas Frank notes [13], is a man named West­brook Pegler [14]. You have prob­a­bly nev­er heard of him, but he was a very pop­u­lar and very right-wing colum­nist from the first half of the 20th cen­tu­ry. How right-wing? He open­ly wished for the assas­si­na­tion of Franklin Roo­sevelt, for one. . . .”

“Palin’ Source”; Politico.com; 9/10/2008. [15]

5. Author George Seldes devot­ed a chap­ter of his 1943 opus Facts and Fas­cism to Pegler.

“It is the opin­ion of many per­sons and orga­ni­za­tions that one of the most wide­ly known and read news­pa­per colum­nists, West­brook Pegler, is aid­ing the Axis rather than the Unit­ed States in this war; it is a fact that the New York News­pa­per Guild, the orga­ni­za­tion of thou­sands of Pegler’s col­leagues, so stat­ed when it sent Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt a doc­u­men­ta­tion of twelve instances out of Pegler’s writ­ings.

It is a fact that news­pa­pers, colum­nists, radio ora­tors and oth­ers who form pub­lic opin­ion have served the Axis pro­pa­gan­da. It is also true that too fre­quent­ly those who know and who make these charges do not name names. They, there­fore, emas­cu­late their own words.

For exam­ple, here is the direc­tor of the U.S. Con­cil­i­a­tion Ser­vice, Dr. John S. Steel­man, who states:

‘Care­less recital of the dra­mat­ic side of strikes in the press and on the screen and over the radio has giv­en too many peo­ple the impres­sion that our war efforts are being held up in a seri­ous way because of will­ful strife in a major part of Amer­i­can indus­try. This is a dan­ger­ous lie that serves the pur­pose of the Axis, but serves no good end among us.’ Dr. Steel­man knows the cul­prits, but he is not in a posi­tion to name them. He is aware that Kaltenborn on the radio, Pegler in the news­pa­pers, the entire Hearst and Howard press are those guilty of care­less recitals about strikes.

On the oth­er hand here is the state­ment issued by the con­fer­ence direc­tors of C.I.O. edi­tors (Wash­ing­ton, April 11, 1942):

‘Labor has been sub­ject­ed to an infa­mous cam­paign of mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion, for the pur­pose of cut­ting wages, destroy­ing union orga­ni­za­tion, and in advanc­ing the prof­its of spe­cial inter­est groups. Most of the dai­ly press has joined in this cam­paign, togeth­er with such radio com­men­ta­tors as H.V. Kaltenborn and oth­ers of his type. This anti-labor pro­pa­gan­da cam­paign, if not direct­ly inspired by Axis agents and Amer­i­can appeasers, at any rate plays their game by strik­ing at nation­al uni­ty and under­min­ing labor morale.’

Again, the offi­cial organ of the Nation­al Mar­itime Union, The Pilot, states that ‘Pegler’s sales talk has the made-in-Berlin label.’ . . .”

Facts and Fas­cism by George Seldes; pub­lished in 1943 by In Fact Inc. [HC]. [8]

7. Whether rel­e­vant or not, it is inter­est­ing (and pos­si­bly sig­nif­i­cant) that Palin is a native of Sand­point, Ida­ho [10], an epi­cen­ter of the white suprema­cist com­mu­ni­ty.

8. It is also worth con­tem­plat­ing what the Nazi ele­ments [9] in the Bush admin­is­tra­tion will do with an African-Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent.