November 9th, 2013
11:14 PM ET
5 years ago

Sarah Palin blasts ‘church of government’

(CNN) - Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin edged herself back into election politics Saturday, delivering a speech at an important Iowa gathering.

Palin was joined by other major tea party favorites such as Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Steve King of Iowa, as well as conservative intellectual and activist Phyllis Schlafly at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Annual Family Banquet.

The return of Sarah Palin

Palin has flirted with politics repeatedly since she left office halfway through her first term in Alaska, including a turbulent 2012 non-campaign for the Republican presidential nomination that she eventually abandoned.

In the important primary state, Palin spent the first part of her speech blasting the “war on Christmas” by secular society that she argues is stripping all public meaning from the holiday by opposing nativity scenes and other displays.

“Everywhere it seems that faith, religious freedom is under attack,” Palin said.

Those same topics are discussed in a new book Palin wrote called “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas,” a book for which she is currently on a national tour and that she discussed Saturday.

“The war on Christmas is just the tip of the spear in a larger battle,” Palin said, segueing into a discussion of what she sees as big government’s efforts to become a church in its own right.

That “church,” Palin said, comprises largely of President Barack Obama’s administration and scandals plaguing it such as NSA spying and the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi last year.

“The crowning achievement of their church of big government,” Palin said, is Obamacare.

More should have been done to destroy Obama’s signature legislative achievement, Palin said, blasting Republicans who “waved the white flag of surrender” and gave up on the defund movement.

Palin also had words for the national debt, particularly the $1.3 trillion the U.S. owes China.

“It’s going to be like slavery when that note is due,” Palin said, while noting at the same time that the comparison “isn’t racist”

Like the rest of the event’s speakers, Palins words were deeply rooted in a Christian faith.

In her opposition to Obamacare, Palin was in good company. Lee was one of the key architects of the movement to defund the health care law that helped precipitate the partial government shutdown when Democrats flatly refused to pass a government funding bill that also sought to destroy Obamacare.

Lee carried a similar mantle Saturday to that of his better known anti-Obamacare ally, GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Like Cruz, Lee likened the Reagan revolution to the tea party movement, drawing comparisons to the original Boston Tea Party that preceded the American Revolution.

Lee compared the British government that the fledgling colonies fought 230 years ago with the Washington of today, a government “slow to respond to the needs to the people,” he said, people who are overtaxed and little listened too.

Conservatives should not be purely reactionary, Lee cautioned in a broad rallying cry of a speech. Rather, Republicans should focus on moving forward, he said, not just repealing Obamacare but replacing it with something better while instituting other forward-looking reforms such as establishing a path for upward social mobility.

Cruz highlighted the “road to Philadelphia” and the Constitutional Convention. Instead of just moving away from the government they didn’t want, Lee said of the Founding Fathers, they were “moving steadily, inexorably in the direction of the kind of government they did want.”

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soundoff (583 Responses)
  1. S. B. Stein

    Palin has little room to talk. She, from the little we have heard, had to go to several colleges to finally graduate. It seems that she can't finish things that she starts like a term of governor. These conservatives don't seem to understand that there are people in need, and no one is there to help them but the government. If these conservatives would get off their high horse and form a non-profit that would fill in and take over for the government programs that they don't like, then that would make sense.

    November 9, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  2. Kinard

    They're getting nuttier all the time. Goes from one extreme to the next, in the blink of an eye.

    November 9, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  3. bassman

    In 2009 CNN's own poll indicated we are becoming a less Christian nation. The poll stated that Christianity is not losing out to other religions, but primarily a rejection of religion altogether. Once again Sarah Palin finds herself right on the issue. Just as she was on Obamacare.

    November 9, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    I hope the Quitta, Lee, King, Cruz and all the other RWNJs split from the GOP and form their own party.

    November 9, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  5. Drew

    Can we please give Alaska back to Russia?

    November 9, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  6. VET-2

    What an idiot!!

    November 10, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  7. d

    Oh, she's automatically wrong because SHE'S saying it.

    November 10, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  8. Steve

    Yep, liberalism is a religion. By denying it, they've been successful at wrecking our country along with a few RINOs who are just as guilty. She taps into that and doesn't back down. Thank God for people like her, Billy Graham, and others.

    November 10, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  9. Anonymous

    In the famous words of the late and great Fred Sanford...YOU BIG DUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2013 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  10. Just say no

    In the words of the late and great Fred big DUMMY!!!!

    November 10, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  11. Thomas

    “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas,” a book for which she is currently on a national tour and that she discussed Saturday.

    The lady is crazy !

    November 10, 2013 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  12. J.V.Hodgson

    Utterly useless and meaningless rhetoric ( from Palin.. not unusual) that simply ideologically criticizes what's been done.
    Then uses emotive ideas, ( ideology ) and words, that have no policy change ideas, substance whatever.
    The only party that tries to impose religious, theocratic ideas like the catholic catechism or versions of strict Christian religion to be converted into laws ( err something from founding fathers about separation of church and religion from politics) are the Republicans. Opps sharia law that's from Allah ... oops that's god in Christianity and God in Islamic belief SAME GOD, so why are they not pushing sharia law flagulation, chopping off hands, etc etc and the Hijab must be worn.

    November 10, 2013 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  13. James Hall

    Sarah Palin now looks like her own "after meth" picture.

    November 10, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  14. justino

    who can argue with the truth? – Obama of course

    November 10, 2013 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  15. David

    " an important Iowa gathering." Almost as much of an oxymoron as the subject of the article.

    November 10, 2013 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  16. Data Driven

    “The war on Christmas is just the tip of the spear in a larger battle"

    So I was at the mall yesterday - NOVEMBER THE NINTH - and they were playing Christmas music in every store, to say nothing of all the decorations that were already up.

    NOVEMBER THE NINTH. ALMOST TWO FULL MONTHS BEFORE CHRISTMAS. I swear to my god, I'm going to spend YET ANOTHER final two months of the calendar year being bombarded with "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer", and Sarah Palin is telling us there's a "war on Christmas"? Tell it to the retailers, honey!

    If there is a War on Christmas MUSIC, where the heck can I sign up? I will be on the front lines of that war, baby. I'd love to be Dictator of America for just one holiday season. Executive Order # 1: "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" Shall Be Forever Banned. Executive Order # 2: "Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time" by Paul McCartney Shall ALSO Be Forever Banned.

    November 10, 2013 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  17. ozonator

    The extreme GOP is running on fumes. They use "church of ..." to cover everything their voters are too lazy or rich to honestly contribute to making better.

    November 10, 2013 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  18. Marie MD

    Jealous much that nobody has invited her to anything importnat?
    First of all it's Iowa and second of all it's the screecher from AK. Only faux news cares about what she says anymore.
    She still sounds like an ignoramus on any subhect matter speaking to an even more ignoramous crowd of bubble heads.
    I love the way these teaklans don't want government to run their healthcare but Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid are alright vs not allowing women to get contraceptives then not allowing them the right to an abortion.
    faux news has had doctors and that stovell actually complain that women go to the doctor more than men and why should a 50 year old man pay for women's contraceptives. I take it these fools have never heard of prostrate cancer and other ailments that men have as they get older?
    Charity beings at home just as long as it's their home. Off with other people's heads!

    November 10, 2013 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  19. James

    I thought that religion was to facilitate spiritual growth? What is she talking about?

    November 10, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  20. Tony in Maine

    If they build a fence around Iowa at the right moment, the world would have a large reserve for the deranged.

    November 10, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  21. Gurgyl

    Just go away–I am not at all interested in your religion bs, it is getting commercialized., be it Christian , Hindu, or Muslim.

    November 10, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  22. Grist

    Of course there is no restriction on nativity scenes as long as they are not paid for by our tax dollars and are not maintained on public property.

    November 10, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  23. Shaun Greenfield

    Dear Sarah,

    Go away. Your 15 minutes are already way over.

    November 10, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  24. Obumba

    The true war on women is from the left. Any conservative woman they tear down.

    November 10, 2013 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  25. Cat

    When will this woman go away???

    November 10, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
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