Secessionist Wingnut or Traitor?

Sarah Palin’s husband has been shown to have membership ties to the Alaska Independence Party (AIP).  Now, I am not advocating a McCarthy-style commie-hunt here… people have a right to free speech as long as the Constitution is preserved, protected and defended by the President of the United States (oh, wait… maybe the Constitution is in trouble — but that is another blog subject).  I don’t want to infringe on those rights and I don’t want to suggest that people aren’t entitled to their opinion… that said… there are a lot of wingnuts out there that want their state or region to secede. If you want to know about all of the groups out there, go to the Registry of North American Separatist Organizations . That site is sponsored by the Middlebury Institute who’s stated purpose is

“… to foster a national movement in the United States that will: place secession on the national political agenda, encourage secessionist and separatist movements here and and abroad develop communication among such existing and future groups, create a body of scholarship to examine and promote the ideas of separatism, and work carefully and thoughtfully for the ultimate task, the peaceful dissolution of the American empire.”

They have sponsored two conferences in 2006 and 2007.  According to Middlebury, AIP, along with Chrisitian Exodus, Southern National Congress Committee, League of the South, United Republic of Texas, and The Second Vermont Republic attended both conventions in 2006 (in Vermont) and 2007 (in Tennessee).

From their report of the convention:

“Cory Burnell, of the Christian Exodus movement that hopes to settle in and free South Carolina, mentioned in his presentation that a poll was taken last fall by the Opinion Research Corporation and broadcast by CNN on October 23, 2006. It found that 71 percent of Americans agreed that “our system of government is broken and cannot be fixed,” and another 7 percent agreed it was broken but “hoped” it could be fixed. That is astonishing in one sense, since we are not normally provided such insight into the popular mind, but it is a measure of what should be obvious—and it provides extremely fertile ground into which secessionists can plant their seeds.”

Interestingly, one of the news articles the Middlebury Institute references is from a rather rightwing group called RedState suggests:

“So what should we do about the convention assembling today in Chattanooga? As private citizens, we can do nothing. But I know what the U.S. government should do. These people, by holding this convention, have conspired to commit treason against the United States. They have advocated the dissolution of the federal union and the destruction of American constitutional democracy as we know it. It is not enough simply to dismiss these people as flakes and nutjobs. They are execrable traitors, and the law has prescribed a penalty for what they are doing.”

Middlebury Institute is having another convention this year November 14-16 in Manchester NH.

Some deeper clicking around on the info provided by some of the groups listed on Middlebury’s site brought up some truly frightening insight into some of the groups belonging to Middlebury Institute:

League of the South:

“We also encourage individuals and families to personally secede from the corrupt and corrupting influence of post-Christian culture in America.”

Christian Exodus:

“ is moving thousands of Christians to South Carolina to reestablish constitutionally limited government founded upon Christian principles. It is evident that the U.S. Constitution has been abandoned under our current federal system, and the efforts of Christian activism to restore our Godly republic have proven futile over the past three decades. The time has come for Christian Constitutionalists to protect our liberties in a State like South Carolina by interposing the State’s sovereign authority retained under the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
“The Republican Party, which once promised to reduce the overbearing size of government, after gaining the reigns of power has expanded government to unprecedented reaches. Attempts at reform have proven futile for over three decades, and do not hold promise at the national level since Republicans and Democrats alike have abandoned regard for the Constitution and the proper role of government. offers the opportunity to try a strategy not yet employed by millions of Christian conservatives who are geographically spread out and diluted at the national level. If we really mean to return to the Christian principles of constitutional American government, we must start at the local level and accelerate the process through mass migration. This is the Christian Exodus.
“ is orchestrating the move of thousands of Christians to reacquire our Constitutional rights by electing State and local officials who will interpose on behalf of the people and refuse to enforce illegal federal acts.”

United Republic of Texas (nb: apparently they’ve already seceded):

“Today, October 26, 2006, we officially announce the United Republic of Texas © (URT), the sole legitimate national government of the Republic of Texas (RT) under the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). The URT was founded 9/2/2005 by the New Republic of Texas © (NRT) and the Historical Republic of Texas © (HRT). We are not associated with any militant extremist factions of the RT movement and do not advocate violence or fraud, as that would violate NAP. We are strictly neutral on religion and there is no place for prejudice in our government.”

Peoples of the North Star (VERY SCARY THESE GUYS!)

“Dedicated to building socialist power in the upper midwest. The Peoples (sic) Republic of the North Star is the intended communist governments of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. People living in the target areas are encouraged to share their thoughts on the creation of socialism in america (sic) within our lifetimes. Although this group is centered in Minneapolis, intent is to form a broad international support structure for local activities and affiliated groups, we encourage all who support resistance, communism, socialism, as well as workers, engineers, farmers, educators, and others with knowledge of guerilla warfare, history, and improvised tactics, especially in urban settings, to join in posting meaningful information here for the proliferation of the peoples struggle.”

I don’t know about you, but I think the Main Stream Media needs to investigate these and other groups and find out if there is any validity to the notion that Palin is/was a member of AIP. The AIP membership of Palin’s husband and possibly Palin herself should not be allowed to become a “side issue” These groups are frightening and becoming well organized.

As a Texan “ex-pat”, I have to say that we Texans always thought of these folk as nutty weirdos. I am now rethinking that idea… MSM needs to rethink it too.

© 2008


Update:  I just discovered that the link to Middlebury was broken and I fixed it.  Keep reading!!!


One thought on “Secessionist Wingnut or Traitor?

  1. Marcia says:

    Why are you so afraid of secessionist movements? The federal government has way too much control over our lives. Maybe you are too weak to make your own decisions? Why would anyone want this kind of intrusion into our lives? The federal gov. was never supposed to be the monster that both parties have created. As for Sarah Palin-get over her.You want the MSM to investigate these movements? That shows me that you are what is known as a sheeple. Traitors? I Think not!

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