Friday, October 10, 2008

She Isn't Like You and Me: Sarah Palin's Unpatriotic Associations

A friend of mine who is a lawyer here in Chicago, just sent me a piece he did on a tie Sarah Palin has to an organization which is far more troubling than any ties Obama may have to education professor William Ayers. In this case the association can be labeled seditious. Here's what he says (note also video following).

She Isn't Like You and Me: Sarah Palin's Unpatriotic Associations

by Greg Brownfield

Sarah Palin’s most recent stump speech includes two scathing guilt-by-association riffs. First she says that Obama is “someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists (William Ayers) who attacked their own country.” Second, she suggests sedition with: “this (Obama) is a man that does not see America as you and I see America.”

Apparently Sarah wishes us to forget her association with the Alaskan Independence Party whose convention she endorsed earlier this year. The Alaskan Independence Party sees America as far worse than imperfect. It's so imperfect that their ultimate aim is to secede from the union. Which means that they do not see America as you and I see America. This is clear when you go to the introduction page on their website where you read this from the late founder of their party:

"I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions."

Joe Vogler
A quick comparison of the two associations will show how much more troubling Palin's is. When Obama met Ayers the latter was a noted education reformer and professor. Should Obama have checked into his past and made judgments about working with him on that basis? Perhaps. But that's not what brought them together. It was a community organizer meeting a noted education expert. End of story.

On the other hand, when Sarah Palin gave her warm words of support to the Alaskan Independence Party she was well aware that it is what it always has been—a radical secessionist movement. And her husband was a member from 1995 until 2000 (talk about guilt by association).

The bottom line is that it’s clear that there is a radical anti-American candidate in this race. But it’s not Obama. In the well-traveled words of Shakespeare, “the lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

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