(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.”
I'm thinkin' that the only thing scarier than the "church of government" is a government by church. Palin's preaching the gospel of theocracy, and that's not what this country is all about. If she wants right wing religious mullahs running the show, there are some lovely countries in the mid-East where she might be more comfortable, and maybe she should consider throwing her hat into the ring in one of THEM. Otherwise, she should pipe down and go back to doing her reality TV series. Her 15 minutes are up.
This response is for Labman57. How can you possibly accuse Sarah Palin of being "stupid?" Your own "esoteric" writing, filled with what you evidently believe are big and sophisticated words, falls completely flat when viewed in light of the fact that you obviously support those paragons of stupidity – Nancy Peeelosi, Dingy Harry Reid, Joe Bidet, and Barack Obama. You talk about "sound bites" and banality, and yet support a president who can't even say "Good Morning" without a teleprompter! Before you write about someone's stupidity, have a good long look in the mirror for God sakes!
Here we go again, This woman is nothing more than another cheerleader! Never offering a solution, She's The new Republican face leading with a block Obama! sabotage Obama! stop Obama now Rah! Seem like a Cheerleader!!!!
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Why does the media keep giving this woman free publicity? Ignore her and maybe she'll eventually just go away. I also find it pretty hilarious of her to decry government as religion, when she worships at the altar of the Second Amendment daily.
" conservative intellectual " is indeed an oxymoron.
You know someone is a loser when they stand next to Palin.
Yes! Please, oh please bring Sara Palin bac into the presidential race. There's nothing funny on TV anymore and we need a good laugh.
Does this woman really even hear her words. "Church of Government?" Is she crazy? She's done more to set back political dialogue in the country than any person in the last 10 years.
Atheists do believe in God..their god is government. They pray to their god by pushing laws that forbid others to practice their faith. I can be a Christian and accept my neighbor as a Muslim. An Athheist will try to rid the neighborhood of all religion.
She's a loon. Ignore her, and perhaps she'll go away again.
Does anyone really care what this meat head says. She's a quitter – left her state after 2 years as governor. Expect to entrain a small group of conservatives, she serves no real purpose.
Phyllis Schlafly – the professional woman who is against professional women. Palin – the woman against big government whose party did a lot to maintain and expand big government during their term in power. As a Christian, I refuse to celebrate Christmas in any way. There is no mention of it in the Bible whatsoever. It is a secular/pagan holiday with a Christian veneer added during the Dark Ages to lessen the culture shock of conversion.
another christian who hasn't read the bible.. find anywhere in the bible that Christmas is a Christian holiday... no where! It's a pagan holiday the romans adopted to get more converts to their arbitrary choice of Christianity as the new official religion of the Roman Empire.
It's pretty obvious in the comments here and on any Palin story that a lot of people are filled with hate against her. They try to cover it with baseless claims that she and the Tea Party are bigots or racists, but the hate is obvious and harsh.
Ask yourself – WHY?
Sarah Palin is nothing more that the Courtney Stodden of American politics; she offers no talent, but craves the national spotlight.
The tea party is a group that does nothing but tear down and destroy.They have no solution for the health care problems especially the millions wihout.Their concept of cut,cut,cut to do away with our debt fails basic grade school arithmetic.They have contempt for American democracy.They pound their Bibles and wave their American flags yet espouse few if any Christian or American values.
You will never find a more wretched hive of ignorance and bigotry. We must be cautious.
The "former governor of Alaska" quit that job, she should be referred to as a "Quitter"
Sarah's so silly and delightfully misinformed. How can you not love this broad?
The more this Alaskan Palin opens her mouth the more Republicans cross the line to vote Democrat ....So wail on you siren of the Republican Teatards and we will win again in 2016.....This women Palin is the best thing to happen to the Democrats since the Bumbeling Bush Years...... Charles Bowen Solomon Stone
Someone obviously has a new book coming out.
Sarah Palin and Mike Lee are voices that speak for many in this country – that Obama has tried to silence – with his mafia style intimidation and his brainwashing techniques. I hope they, and others like them, speak louder and more often.
Ms. Palin knows how to get media coverage.....make outrageous claims easily packaged into a sound bite. If she really has something to say, and wants to have a real debate about the issues, then she should run for political office and go through the challenges that result. The fact that she won't run shows just how hollow her positions are.