Two representatives from the Alaskan Independence Party recently traveled to the Second North American Secessionist Convention, a gathering of separatists held October 3rd and 4th in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The convention’s co-sponsors — the League of the South and the Middlebury Institute — paid for the airfare of AIP chair Lynette Clark and her husband, vice chair Dexter Clark, as official ambassadors to the convention, “because we are a group that wants to separate from the United States of America,” said Lynette in an interview before departing. Full story published in the Anchorage Press.
Local Tennessee coverage of this event available from WDEF Channel 12 and WTVC Channel 9, both in Chattanooga. Click HERE for Associated Press story.
“I truly believe that Alaska’s destiny is to be a nation among the other nations in the world,” she said. (And with the Permanent Fund, Alaska has the money to do it, too, she said.) The AIP’s main goal, according to their website, is to re-visit Alaska’s 1958 vote for statehood, which included only “yes” or “no” options for statehood for Alaskan voters and failed to ask them if they wanted Alaska to become a sovereign nation. The Secessionist Convention is right in line with the party’s values, Lynette said.
“It’s so close to what the AIP, and its founder, Joe Vogler, and the leadership are asking for and looking for,” she said.
According to Lynette Clark, the focus is to return control to smaller governing units. Things are going downhill for the U.S., Lynette said, and she blames the federal government, which she said had created a “fascist America.” [Ed. Note: The USA Patriot Act, Real ID, No Child Left Behind, and the tyranny of diversity and multiculturalism are some prominent examples of "fascism".]
“What the point is,” said Lynette, “is that this federal entity has gone far and away from the constitutional requirements of what the government can do.”
Lynette’s husband Dexter also attended the first Secessionist Convention last year in Vermont. “It was nice for me to realize there were other people in other states examining their relationship to the United States,” he said. At the first convention, Dexter said, the Alaskan Independence Party was unique in that it was the only established political party in attendance.
But when asked about their prospective political allies, the Clarks didn’t think of the League of the South — a neo-Confederate group that promotes the Confederate flag and seeks an independent Southern republic — as a strange ally for the Alaskan Independents, the third largest political party in the northernmost state.
“We’re not talking about a bunch of Klans-people walking around with white sheets and pointed hats,” Dexter said. “These are some pretty legitimate people with some legitimate concerns about our government.” The Southern Poverty Law Center has falsely smeared the League of the South as a "racist" organization. Mark Potok, the notorious gay Jew who serves as the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, said the League of the South "has been on our list close to a decade."
"What is remarkable and really astounding about this situation is we see people and institutions who are supposedly on the progressive left rubbing shoulders with bona fide white supremacists," Potok said.
However, Middlebury director Kirkpatrick Sale fired back, saying that the League of the South "has not done or said anything racist in its 14 years of existence," and that the Southern Poverty Law Center is not credible. "They call everybody racists," Sale said. "There are, no doubt, racists in the League of the South, and there are, no doubt, racists everywhere."
Commentary: Secession - easier said than done. Yes, we have the huge Permanent Fund wad, but how long would it last without the steady diet of pork fed to us by our U.S. Congressional delegation? The removal of the Federal earmarks for the proposed Gravina Island Bridge in Ketchikan was enough to cause Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to suspend that project indefinitely. We also have too many yuppies and soccer moms in the state who demand their free amenities like swimming pools. Alaskans would need to re-learn self-reliance to make secesssion work.
Here is the platform of the Alaskan Independence Party:
1. To effect full compliance with the constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Alaska.
2. To support and defend States' Rights, Individual Rights, and the Equal Footing Doctrine as guaranteed by the constitutions of the United States of America and the state of Alaska.
3. To support the liberalization of initiative and referendum procedures to hold legislatures accountable to the will of the people.
4. To call and convene a State Constitutional Convention to address the flaws in the existing State Consitution.
5. To reinforce the unalienable rights endowed by our Creator to Alaska law, and to eliminate the use of the word privilege in the Alaska statutes.
6. To amend the Constitution of the State of Alaska so as to re-establish the rights of all Alaskan residents to entry upon all public lands within the state, and to acquire private property interest there in, under fair and reasonable conditions. Such property interest shall include surface and sub-surface patent.
7. To foster a constitutional amendment abolishing and prohibiting all property taxes.
8. To institute a majority vote for each elected office at every subdivision of government.
9. To seek the complete repatriation of the public lands, held by the federal government, to the state and people of Alaska in conformance with Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17, of the federal constitution.
10. To prohibit all bureaucratic regulations and rulings purporting to have the effect of law, except that which shall be approved by the elected legislature.
11. To oppose with rare exception, any secret activities or expenditures of funds of any government agency, state, federal or international.
12. To preserve and protect the Alaska Permanent Fund, Permanent fund earnings, earnings reserve fund and individual Permanent Fund Dividends.
13. To provide for the direct popular election of the attorney general, all judges, and magistrates.
14. To provide for the development of unrestricted, statewide, surface transportation and utility corridors as needed by the public or any individual.
15. To affirm and assert every possible right-of-way established under R.S. 2477 of July 26, 1866, before its repeal by the Federal Land Management Policy Act of October 21, 1976.
16. To support the right of the individual to keep and bear arms.
17. To support the complete abolition of the concept of sovereign or governmental immunity, so as to restore accountability for public servants.
18. To support the rights of parents to privately or home school their children and to provide them individually the right to access to a proportional share of all money provided for educational purposes as an unrestricted grant for such purposes.
19. To support the privatization of government services.
20. To oppose the borrowing of money by government for any purposes other than for capital improvements.
21. To strengthen the traditional family and support individual accountability without government interference or regulation.
22. To support the right of jurors to judge the law as well as the facts, according to their conscience.
23. To restore the open primary.
24. To support "Jobs for Alaskans...First!"
While the Alaskan Independence Party remains numerically strong, it has suffered from a chronic lack of competitive political candidates since Jack Coghill ran for governor in 1994. The best illustration of this dearth came in 2006. Three candidates competed for the AIP nomination for governor; Don Wright, basically a non-entity, Daniel deNardo, an intelligent and articulate individual who's argued cases before the Alaska Supreme Court but who spent too much of his campaign in the "conspiracy" mode, and Eddie Burke, an enthusiastic, energetic, and personable conservative populist who's been involved in a number of political causes. Who did AIP voters pick? Don Wright, who showed his appreciation by utterly refusing to campaign or to respond to any candidate surveys. Eddie Burke clearly would have been the best candidate.
The Alaskan Independence Party must find and promote more viable candidates if it's to get off the back burner and back on to the front burner.