All hail Comrade Palin

All hail Comrade Palin, Hero of the Proletariat!

By Craig Medred
Amazingly, unsuccessful Republican vice-presidential candidate and half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has finally come out — as a socialist.

It’s right there for all to read on her Facebook page, where she defends the massive taxes imposed on the oil industry in the 49th state when she was governor by saying, among other things, that she had to go all Hugo Chavez for “the Alaskan people (who collectively own the natural resources, via our state constitution).”

Yes, indeed, they do. Alaskans, independent-minded folk that they are, live under the nation’s most socialist state constitution. Palin, having grown up here and never having been much of a student, might not really even understand this. Alaskan youth are steeped in the idea that collective ownership of the state’s natural resources is a good and right thing.

The Alaska Constitution was written by a strange collection of old lefties and pragmatic businessmen who saw natural resources as the only capital available in the 49th state. Fearful of the way the territory of Alaska had essentially been run from Seattle by moneyed Outside interests, they wanted to make sure that the capital of the new state was tied up in such a way those folks couldn’t get at it.

What better way than to form something of a Union of Soviet Socialist Alaskans (USSA) and grant its members collective ownership of resources. Here, by the way, (for those of you in America who’ve drunk so much of the Palin Kool-Aid you just can’t accept the idea she’s a socialist) is the definition of socialism:

“A theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land (empasis added), etc., in the community as a whole.”

And Article VIII of the Alaska Constitution reads:

“The legislature shall provide for the utilization, development, and conservation of all natural resources belonging to the State, including land and waters, for the maximum benefit of its people.”

Over the years, that latter phrase has come to mean that if there is profitable “development” in Alaska, the money should go to “its people.” This is socialism, not capitalism. And it is representative of the twisted world in which Palin, and for that matter all Alaskans, live. They daily pound the drums of independence and capitalism, and nightly get into bed with socialism.

Some wonder why Alaska journalists and even politicians without question accept the state’s annual, socialist handout.  

It is called a “Permanent Fund Dividend.” It is a $1,000-to-$2,000 reward Alaskans get each year for living here. It is “their portion” of the collectively owned oil resources. No one does anything to earn this money, as they would in a capitalist society. They are given this money because they are part of the club — Club Alaska.

Journalists, being pure and holy souls, wouldn’t think about taking a $1,000-to-$2,000 gift from a business. And yet, they take this gift from government without even thinking about it. It is, after all, their “share” of the state’s resources. This is not the way things work in a capitalist society.

In a capitalist society, oil companies, like it or not, earn most of the profits as a reward for the risks and efforts they invest in extracting oil from the ground. And government then taxes them at a fair rate to pay for the costs associated with oil development — environmental regulation, maybe some funding for new schools and roads required by an influx of oil workers, maybe the costs of new social services demanded by those oil workers.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WakeUpAmerica
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 17:25:31

    Well, if you go outside and look up, you will probably see quite a few flying monkeys in tailspins over this article. Ok, it is probably a big assumption on my part that they can actually read.


  2. Sharon
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 17:26:53

    How much longer do we all have to suffer the palin syndrome? Will this grifter ever, ever go away? Why do we keep giving her attention and relevance when she’s simply dispicable and self serving, a liar and a grifter? What is the facination with this piece of human garbage? Fake pregnancies, lie upon lie on her record when she briefly held office, her personal attacks and vindictive behavior towards the president and first lady, the blood libel victim speech, the bizarre behavior while campaigning, the inability to prove any intelligent understanding of domestic or foreign policy, a war monger, and the list goes on and on and on. Dear God, please intervene and make her irrelevant so this nation can put this horrible lapse in standards behind us. How ridiculous we must appear to other nations – wtf? Why would they want this reality show screech to give a speech in India? Did you see her sitting there like a slutty librarian in a porn movie?! My brain hurts.


  3. Teal
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 17:40:54

    Whoop, there it is!



  4. Sally in MI
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 18:41:31

    Great article…the ‘bots will not be happy. But Madame Delusional thinks she can get away with saying she’s a conservationist who ‘doesn’t want to mess things up,’ in one breath, and advocate drilling that God-given oil anywhere it lies in the next. Sorry, Sarah, you can’t haver it both ways, even if no one in the media has challenged you yet. Just wait until your first debate…the GOP guys will crush you like the obnoxious bug you are.


  5. An Alaskan
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 19:01:14

    She keeps telling us that the MSM (LSM) keeps misrepresenting her record – distorting it to the point that people have no choice but to dislike her, intensely. She thinks correcting her record without the LSM filter will make people love her.

    If she is going to run on her record, which she keeps pointing at, by all means, look at her socialist regime with the Energy Rebate, the Mat-Maid bail-outs, feelers to bail-out a Koch owned refinery, and most importantly, the reestablishment of the Longevity Program that has no constitutional (State or otherwise) basis whatsoever.

    She bought the senior vote with a popular program Governor Murkowski cut. As unpopular as he was, he was a true fiscally conservative governor in terms of cutting programs for the citizens most in need of government on their side – but as a millionaire Republican, had no qualms about buying a state jet for his personal travel.

    Frank gave Sarah the notion she was in league with Senate-worthy individuals – he got his comeback for the monster he created. I wonder what payback McCain still awaits?


    • majii
      Mar 20, 2011 @ 19:27:34

      Palin paid McCain back when she was in India by showing him just how much she appreciated his putting her on the republican presidential ticket in 2008 by throwing him under the bus, running him over, backing the bus up, and running him over again. What better insult could she have made to him than the one in which she said that had her name been at the top of the ticket in 2008, they would have won the election?


  6. majii
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 19:35:12

    I have been vindicated!!! Thanks, Syrin and Craig Medred. I taught economics for over 20 years, and I have been trying to tell Palin’s supporters that AK is the most socialist state in America because of the common ownership of the state’s resources, but to no avail. Maybe they will read this article and finally realize that Palin has hoodwinked them all. The irony is that while she has been calling President Obama a socialist every chance she gets, she was the governor of a state whose constitution is actually based on socialism.


  7. TiredOfTheEmpress
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 20:38:34

    Geoffrey Dunn’s book due out on May 10 will be the end of her. She is TOAST!


    • Syrin
      Mar 20, 2011 @ 22:04:23

      Thank you for your comment! I too have grown tired of Silly Sarah
      You think so? I’m looking forward to it! I had a very good experience during the discussions with Geoffrey. I’m not sure if he used anything that we may have talked about, I hope so.


  8. Dis Gusted
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 07:43:09

    she’s having lunch with Mrs. Netenyahu today – that will translate into meeting with foreign leaders…..


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