Alaskans Want to Rejoin Russia?   3 comments

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No, actually we don’t. I’m not sure who is signing the petition, but I seriously doubt any actual Alaskans think this is a good idea. Alaskans are republican-libertarian-anarchist in our leanings. The Russian autocracy would not set well with us and Putin would not enjoy the relationship.

But the petition does make a point. Alaskans are fed up with the colonial relationship that the federal government maintains with us. We’re not a state. We’re treated like a frozen banana republic, not allowed to access our resources without complicated processes that often kill economic benefits because they take years to accomplish and forced to submit to a special level of regulation that most other states do not face.

Most Alaskans are Americans by birth or by heritage, but we are frustrated and, while most of us wouldn’t want to be part of Russia, we wouldn’t necessarily object to being an independent nation with a friendly relationship with the United States.

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  1. I just assumed the petition was more of a show of frustration, then a real desire, I could be wrong.

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    • The petitioner has elected to remain anonymous. I have no problem with the first part of the petition. Alaska’s 1958 vote for statehood was tainted because Alaskans didn’t know they had more than the choice to remain a territory or become a state and I’d like to it redone with the choices of commonwealth and independence on the plebecite (after sufficient time for discussion). But the suggestion that we be returned to Russia is queasy making. Alaskans would certainly not vote for that and I doubt the United States would allow it, but you have to wonder what the petitioner was thinking.

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  2. Reblogged this on That Mr. G Guy's Blog.

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