AIP is a secessionist organization. Some have described it as fringe, though AIP have elected both an Alaskan governor, Walter HIckel, and Lt. governor, Jack Coghil. HIckel’s views are mentioned here. HIckel backed Palin in her 2006 run for governor.
(An aside: from the Anchorage Daily News: “…complaints arose when [as mayor] Palin hired a public works director with no engineering background, Cindy Roberts, who had been a Commerce Department official in the administration for former Gov. Wally Hickel. The wife of longtime Hickel aide Malcolm Roberts, she lasted a year in the job.”).
In the above video Clark says that Sarah Palin is a former AIP member and as governor should be sympathetic to the secession cause.
Clark’s following statement is found at 6:00.
Clark: “Our current governor, who I mentioned at the last conference, the one we were hoping would get elected… Sarah Palin… did get elected, there’s a joke… she’s a pretty good-looking gal… there’s a joke goes around…that we’re the coldest state with the hottest governor…(room laughter). And there’s a lot of talk about her moving up… she was an AIP member before she got the job as a mayor of a small town, that was a non-partisan job. But you get along to go along. She eventually joined the Republican Party where she had all kinds of problems with their ethics and, uh, got well…I won’t go into that. Uh, she also has about an 80% approval rating and is pretty well sympathetic because of her, her former membership.”
Clark complains about Alaska’s meager share of Big Oil profits -12.5% – adding that sharecroppers received more money from landowners. He says that Alaskans are “fed up.”
Clark’s following statement is found at 8:26.
Clark talks about *masquerading inside political parties in order to win elections: “I think Ron Paul has kind of proven that …and he’s a dyed in the wool Libertarian. I mean he came to Alaska and spoke as a Libertarian and he put the Republican label on to get elected. That’s all there is to it. And anyone in your organization should be using that same practice….you should infiltrate, I know that the Christian Exodus is in favor of it, The Free State Movement is in favor of it. I don’t know if they even care which party it is. Whichever party you seem in that area you can get something done…get into that poilitical party even though, it does have its problems right now… that is one of the only avenues and when you get a few people on a city council or county board you can have some effect………………… I kind of digressed there a little bit….”
Imagine Republican/media response if Barack Obama was a former member of a group inciting Party infiltration by way of *masquerade, in addition to state secession. Just imagine the frenzy.
Why are media outlets mum on this issue?