The first CNN piece had left wing blogger and journalist David Neiwert, who along with Sanchez, ties the Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) to Tim McVeigh. That claim is complete bull, but of course is very effective on the average American who rarely follows politics and just gets their news from the slanted mainstream media.
In response to viewer request CNN did another segment on the AIP. Here it is:
I like how Sanchez emphasises that they went "all the way to Alaska" to do the story. Wow, isn't that great, we should really appreciate a news organization for putting out like that!
What the video shows is that the AIP is simply a party that desires smaller government as laid out in the Constitution. They also want an end to the US empire. But to the big government parties (Republicans and Democrats) and their bootlicking mainstream media to be against the American empire and to desire a small limited government is anti-American.
At the end of the video Jeffery Toobin and Sanchez share a chuckle over how Alaska has benefited from federal pork barrel spending through the work of convicted felon Senator Ted Stevens. Naturally they miss the point that the AIP doesn't want that pork, it wants something more valuable: freedom.
It should be noted that the 2008 AIP candidate for Senate Bob Bird received 13,113 votes. This was about four times the difference that separated the winner Democrat Mark Begich (150,728 votes)from the Republican felon Ted Stevens(147,004 votes).
It also should be noted that the AIP candidate for governor in 1990, Walter Hickel, won the election. So is CNN and Mr. Neiwert going to tie the majority of Alaskans to Tim McVeigh?
The knock on the Alaskan Independence Party is that it supports self determination for Alaska. From the Alaskan Independence Party website:
The Alaskan Independence Party can be summed up in just two words:
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.
The call for this vote is in furtherance of the dream of the Alaskan Independence Party's founding father, Joe Vogler, which was for Alaskans to achieve independence under a minimal government, fully responsive to the people, promoting a peaceful and lawful means of resolving differences.
Wow, really radical and dangerous views...Not.
As I stated in a previous post: Ron Paul Endorses Bob Bird for US Senate:
It never ceases to amaze me that the mainstream view seems to be that no State could ever decide to leave the United States. Whatever happened to self determination? How come these same people supported the breakup of the Soviet Union? How come these same people supported the breakup of Yugoslavia?
This is the United States, it is a Union of States. States can choose to join, logically they also can choose to leave. But of course the issue isn't about what is right or logical. Rather, like most problems in the world, it is about power. If States could choose to secede, it would lessen the power of the Federal Government.
Both major parties are mainly concerned about gaining and holding on to power. Most in Congress and most Presidents also want ever more power to shape society to their liking. That is the opposite of what this Country was meant to be. Under the Constitution States are superior to the Federal government. But that fact is ignored more with each passing year.