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Wednesday’s Wanderings

Posted in General on September 3rd, 2008 by Eugene Finerman – Be the first to comment

On This Day in 1939

Upon returning from the Munich Conference and its betrayal of Czechoslavakia, Neville Chamberlain proclaimed “Peace in our times!” He failed to mentioned that the times would last a year. Now, with the German invasion of Poland, he was forced to announce the British government’s response. Here is the first draft of his speech:

Germany has failed to respond with an explanation of its actions in Poland. So it is my sad duty to announce that we are now at war with Wurtemberg. If Germany fails to respond within another three months, we may declare war on Baden. Within one year, we could be at war with the entire South of Germany. Yes, the full weight of the British Empire on Bavaria; and we may not stop there. So if Herr Hitler wishes to avoid such unpleasantness, he should send me just a brief note of explanation. I’ll even pay the postage.”

The members of his cabinet recommended something a little sterner, although Lord Halifax preferred a declaration of war against France and Poland.

Nostradamus Finerman

Yesterday’s satire is today’s news. A few days ago, I portrayed Sarah Palin as a survivalist loonie. Well, she was obliging enough to prove me right. Beginning in the 1990s, she has been associated with the Alaska Independence Party, a political party advocating Alaska’s secession from the United States.

Joe Vogler, the founder of AIP, regarded the American government as a communist conspiracy. In 1991 he said, “The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government…and I won’t be buried under their damn flag.” By comparison, Rev. Wright’s fulminations were a Hallmark Card.

There is some question whether or not Sarah Palin belonged to the AIP during the Nineties. The party secretary said she was; Palin denies it. (I am sure that any incriminating paperwork will somehow disappear.) There is no question that her husband was a registered member of AIP from 1995 to 2002; it is on his voters’ registration–and that paperwork wasn’t lost quickly enough. Nor is there any question that Mrs. Palin attended AIP conventions in 1994 and 2000; in 2008, as governor, she addressed the convention.

Right now, the McCain campaign is denying that Mrs. Palin belonged to a secessionist group–and she had no idea that her husband espoused treason. And if it turns out that she had a faulty memory, I can imagine the next excuse. “It was the Nineties and she was just trying to escape the clutches of Bill Clinton.”