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Doubtful Alaska can free itself from federal government

Posted: November 25, 2011 - 9:35am

In a recent edition of the Clarion (Nov. 18), Norm Olson wrote, "It's about time that the slaves stand up to the federal government and start acting like free men!" In his letter, he likens residents of Alaska to slaves of the federal government. In theory, I don't disagree with Mr. Olson's perspective, but there is more to it than simple theory.

Oh sure, his idea that Alaska make decisions for its own resources is desirable, but how  may this be accomplished? How can we "stand up to" the federal government? In his own words he pointed out the "federal government holding much of Alaska's resources under its strict domain ... how can (Alaska) be developed ... maze of federal restrictions and prohibitions ... even the Governor and our representatives in Washington are frightened ..."

He then advocates that we "take over the management of our rich resources." Considering the rich resources of our state, is it conceivable that the United States Federal Government would ever be willing to cede control? I seriously doubt it. What options and possibilities exist for those of us with "self-help, do-it-yourself" attitudes? We may petition, march, complain, and even elect all new officials. The status quo is certain to continue
Norm Olson paints a colorful story, but in the end, that's all it is; a story. How do we, the people (or slaves, as we've been described) stand up? How do we accomplish this independence? Will people be willing to sacrifice the programs and entitlements from the federal government to stand without them? What about the United States Air Force, Army, and other services with large presence in our state? Without them, how would Alaska be protected from any nation or faction that would take our resources by force? 

The federal government owns most of the land; the federal government sets most of the rules; the federal government has the military based in the state. We may "act like free men," but in the end, Mr. Olson's own words say it best, " ... it is doubtful ... (Alaska) will ever be free to own and manage the resources within its borders."  

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radiokenai
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radiokenai 11/26/11 - 07:31 am
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When Alaska became a State....
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When Alaska became a State back in 1959, this crap should have all been resolved. I ask, how many other states out there is locked up so much by the Federal Government? Oh sure, there is the occasional Federal Park or Camping Ground, the Armed Force Bases etc., but for the most part the States have their own rights (wait a minute, I believe there was a civil war fought over this if I am not mistaken?)

How do we start gaining control of our land back?

By not giving them any more!

Take for instance the idiots in office that let the Federal F&G move in to control our fish and game! Next, we elect people in office who are Alaskan's at heart and are not afraid to stand up and fight. When you invite jackasses like Begich in office, well you get just what you paid for! (read article where he is wanting the Federal Government to be involved in Arctic)

Finally, GET THAT BAFOON THAT WE NOW HAVE AS PRESIDENT....MOVED TO THE PILE OF ONE TERM PRESIDENTS!

Get out and vote...and vote with Alaska in mind!

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 11/26/11 - 08:51 am
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Free

It is the military that gives many jobs to Alaskan's.Alaska has been dependent on the federal government since it's purchase.I believe.The state constitution has something to say on who owns what.

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 11/26/11 - 10:58 am
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Is it time?

It just might be time for Alaskan's to vote to withdrawn from the union. We could rent out the military bases for big dollars and wouldn't have to pay into the Federal IRS or even motor fuel taxes. Take back all lands to state ownership and develop all resources under our policies and regulations, The state could even do like so many other countries and demand about 200 billion a year in federal aid, The federal government is so out of control it just might be time to consider this for the good of the state.

normolson
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normolson 11/26/11 - 03:22 pm
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Military Presence has little to do with sovereingty

Having military bases is a financial plus and has nothing to do with loss of sovereignty. One of the most militarized states in the union is Virginia, and yet the federals own only 2 percent of the state. Sovereignty needs to be focused on the management of resources, production, transportation, and the ownership of the property belonging to the people of that state.

Alaska is run by Washington. It is a plantation managed by fools thousands of miles away and fools in Juneau who cooperate with the master in the "big house."

It IS time that Alaskans start to make the break. It's time for the little Alaska piggies to grow up and leave the sow behind.

normolson
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normolson 11/26/11 - 03:22 pm
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Military Presence has little to do with sovereingty

Having military bases is a financial plus and has nothing to do with loss of sovereignty. One of the most militarized states in the union is Virginia, and yet the federals own only 2 percent of the state. Sovereignty needs to be focused on the management of resources, production, transportation, and the ownership of the property belonging to the people of that state.

Alaska is run by Washington. It is a plantation managed by fools thousands of miles away and fools in Juneau who cooperate with the master in the "big house."

It IS time that Alaskans start to make the break. It's time for the little Alaska piggies to grow up and leave the sow behind.

Norseman
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Norseman 11/27/11 - 09:13 am
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there ya go again

There you go again. Back to your modus operandi of trying to plant seeds to overthrow the governement.

The ray and norm show has a long and colorful history of constantly trying to form a new "country/state. Bash the government at every turn. Predict complete anarchy every year to keep the level of fear and hate up.

Those that are intellectually challenged and are easily led are your recruits. Sooner or later one of you or one of your "sheeple" will step over the line like your cohort from Fairbanks did, and all of you will have 3 hots and a cot provided at WCC.

Thankfully the FBI and Homeland Security are keeping close tabs on all of you. We will not put up with homegrown terrorists harming our law enforcement, military personnel, or innocent women and children.

One Oklahoma bombing tragedy brought about by a homegrown terrorist is enough.

radiokenai
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radiokenai 11/27/11 - 06:29 pm
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Good Heavens....
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Why is it that the goofiest dingbats are the ones claiming to be patriots to scour out the terrorist?

Lets start with raoulduke: Were you even alive in 1959? If so, I believe the vast residents of Alaska did NOT want to become a State of the Union and were doing JUST FINE living free. Alaska was not dependent on the Military, what happened oh unlearned one, is that the Government increased the Bases, who in turn voted to become a state...NOT THE PEOPLE! Do a little research ok...thank you.

Next up Norseman: Good Heavens to Betsy, are you still running on your paranoid "every one who protests the Government must be a terrorist" kick again? Do you think being saddled up with a Government who is driving our country into the ground...is helping us? Geez...

RaySouthwell
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RaySouthwell 11/28/11 - 12:15 pm
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Norseman

Norseman,

Just observations on how Alaska and Alaskans are treated. Don Young recently felt what it was like to be treated as a simpleton from Alaska.

Thank goodness the federal government protects us. We are such happy slaves :)

Hey, thanks for calling it the Ray and Norm Show. I am much prettier than he is and should have first billing.

fmurtley
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fmurtley 11/28/11 - 04:38 pm
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Good luck with secession

Good luck leaving the union. Alaska is a beggar state, receiving $1.87 in federal spending for every dollar it pays in federal taxes. Donor states are mostly liberal states like New York, California and Massachusetts. Maybe you can talk all the other freedom loving, self-reliant beggar states (that vote conservative) into leaving with you, so we can finally balance the budget. Good riddance.

Norseman
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Norseman 11/28/11 - 07:03 pm
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simpleton

You stated that Don Young recently felt like what it was like to be treated like a simpleton. How on earth he keeps getting re-elected just shows how many other simpletons we have in this state.

Are you and norm getting summoned to appear in court? I hear Cox and his cohorts started their trial in Anchorage today. Made me think of you and norm's little militia in Nikiski.

RaySouthwell
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RaySouthwell 11/28/11 - 08:00 pm
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Norseman

Norseman,
Makes me feel good how often you think of me. I have a special place in my heart for you. Hope you have the same for me. xoxoxoxo.

mojo66
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mojo66 11/29/11 - 08:55 pm
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Norsemen is somewhat

Norsemen is somewhat affiliated with Vikings i believe, of the medieval period around the 9th century? pagans and savages was what they really were. ... the nick suits you norseman.

mojo66
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mojo66 11/29/11 - 08:56 pm
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Norsemen is somewhat

Norsemen is somewhat affiliated with Vikings i believe, of the medieval period around the 9th century? pagans and savages was what they really were. ... the nick suits you norseman.

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