Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Alaskan Independence: Part I: The Founder

Joe Vogler was born a native Kansan in 1913.

In 1934, five years after enrolling at the age of 16 on a scholarship, he attained a law degree from the University of Kansas, and was admitted to the Kansas State Bar at age 21.

He eventually moved to Alaska in 1942, where he worked for the Army Corps of Engineers for nine years before homesteading there and taking up gold-mining.

After many years of actively petitioning and campaigning for the secession of Alaska, he formed the Alaskan Independence Party in 1984.

The quote for which he is best known is: "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her ------ institutions." (Just keepin' it clean.)

Another famous quote is: "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. And I won't be buried under their ---- flag. I'll be buried in Dawson. And when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home."

Don't be mislead by the above quote; I'm certain that he meant the politicians running the American government. He often carried a pocket-Constitution with him, so he was a tried and true American, if only in spirit.

My favourite of his is: "Government is not the giver of rights; only God confers these to the people. People create government, giving it certain and limited powers. Only eternal vigilance by the people will confine government to its proper role."

He was murdered mysteriously in 1993, supposedly by Manfried West, a thief.

He was buried in a shallow grave before finally being laid to rest in Dawson, Yukon Territory, Canada.

No U.S. flag flies over his grave.

2 comments:

Stephen Boyd said...

Very interesting! Definitely some things to emulate.

Son3 said...

Yeah, too bad he wasn't a Christian.

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