That's a thought provoking question because that is precisely what Todd and Sarah Palin did. By the standards of nearly any American conservative--indeed, by Palin's own standards as announced in Florida over the weekend--Todd and Sarah Palin have betrayed their country. Two quick quotes for you to consider:
"When the [federal] bureaucrats come after me, I suggest they wear red coats. They make better targets. In the federal government are the biggest liars in the United States, and I hate them with a passion. They think they own [Alaska]. There comes a time when people will choose to die with honor rather than live with dishonor. That time may be coming here. Our goal is ultimate independence by peaceful means under a minimal government fully responsive to the people. I hope we don't have to take human life, but if they go on tramping on our property rights, look out, we're ready to die." --Joe Vogler, founder of the Alaskan Independence PartyBy Sarah Palin's own standards she falls short in her patriotism. No American patriot would bless a group whose central message is one of violence dismemberment of the United States.
"Keep up the good work, and God bless you." --from Sarah Palin's 2008 message to the Alaska Independence Party
Vogler was a domestic terrorist, but he had ties to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Vogler's greatest moment of glory was to be his 1993 appearance before the United Nations to denounce United States "tyranny" before the entire world and to demand Alaska's freedom. The Alaska secessionist had persuaded the government of Iran to sponsor his anti-American harangue.The Palins' direct ties to a group that plotted violence towards the United States and had ties to Iran lasted seven years. Since then, the Palin's have remained friendly to the Alaska Independence Party, even endorsing them and urging them to "keep up the good work."
That's right ... Iran. The Islamic dictatorship. The taker of American hostages. The rogue nation that McCain and Palin have excoriated Obama for suggesting we diplomatically engage. That Iran.
Read David Talbot's "The Palins' un-American activities" at Salon.com.
Here's Sarah Palin's message to a group of people who have threatened the United States with violence and disunion.
By the standards of the Republican Party, the Palins are traitors.
Hat Tips: throughaglassdarkly and Trifecta at Daily Kos.