Normally in elections, I don’t like playing the “guilt by association” game. If you’ve been in politics for any length of time, chances are you’ve worked with, or accepted money from, people you have some serious disagreements with. That’s sort of how politics and government works.
So unless I’m convinced that Senator Blow’s connection with a troubling political organization or a crazy religious leader is strong enough to suggest that they themselves share those troubling/ crazy views, I’m not going to give them too much shit for it.
But if they, themselves, are playing the “guilt by association” game against their opponent? Playing it to the balcony, loudly and repeatedly, for all that it’s worth?
The way Sarah Palin has been doing with the “Barack Obama once served on a committee with former Weather Underground member William Ayers, therefore Barack Obama advocates terrorism” schtick?
Game on, baby.
Which brings me to this troubling story in Salon.com about Sarah Palin’s husband… and his membership for seven years in the Alaska Independence Party. An organization that advocates Alaska’s secession from the United States — and that has repeatedly advocated violence and armed insurrection against the Federal government.
A key quote from the founder (now deceased) of the AIP, Joe Vogler:
When the [federal] bureaucrats come after me, I suggest they wear red coats. They make better targets. In the federal government are the biggest liars in the United States, and I hate them with a passion. They think they own [Alaska]. There comes a time when people will choose to die with honor rather than live with dishonor. That time may be coming here. Our goal is ultimate independence by peaceful means under a minimal government fully responsive to the people. I hope we don’t have to take human life, but if they go on tramping on our property rights, look out, weâre ready to die.
And in 1993, shortly before his death, Vogler was scheduled to appear before the United Nations to to denounce United States tyranny and to demand Alaska’s freedom… sponsored by Iran.
Oh, just a reminder:
This is Sarah Palin’s husband. Not some guy she served on a committee with once upon a time. Her actual husband belonged to this organization. For seven years. And Sarah Palin herself supported them enough that, this year, as governor, she told them, “Keep up the good work. And God bless you.”
As Salon writer David Talbot writes:
Imagine the uproar if Michelle Obama was revealed to have joined a black nationalist party whose founder preached armed secession from the United States and who enlisted the government of Iran in his cause? The Obama campaign would probably not have survived such an explosive revelation. Particularly if Barack Obama himself was videotaped giving the anti-American secessionists his wholehearted support just months ago.
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