Which Country First?

I have to admit, being strongly opposed to the McCain-Palin ticket, the following story is almost too good to be true, scary though it may be.

Sarah Palin has very close ties to former Alaskan Independence Party chairman, Mark Chryson. Chryson, along with Steve Stoll (a John Birch Society activist who was involved in militia organizing in Wasilla during the 1990s), were key advocates in Palin’s campaign for governor of Alaska.

For those unfamiliar with the Alaskan Independence Party (I certainly was), here is their agenda in a nutshell:

The Alaskan Independence Party can be summed up in just two words:

ALASKA FIRST!

Until we as Alaskans receive our Ultimate Goal, the AIP will continue to strive to make Alaska a better place to live with less government interference in our everyday lives.
The Alaskan Independence Party’s goal is the vote we were entitled to in 1958, one choice from among the following four alternatives:
1) Remain a Territory.
2) Become a separate and Independent Nation.
3) Accept Commonwealth status.
4) Become a State.

I guess it’s also fair to mention that they have a history of being anti-Semitic (just ask John Stein), anti-homosexual (complete with book-banning), etc., etc.

Click on the image for an abbreviated version of Mark Blumenthal’s interview with Mark Chryson. The full video is on Salon.com.

-Meet Sarah Palin’s radical right-wing pals [Salon]

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