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. djak

    Well, I ignored her...but she isn't going away. I can almost guarantee if she were a homely frumpy woman, the media wouldn't give her the time of day.

    November 10, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Sven Bengalie

    Nativity scenes are more than welcomed on church property but not on federal government property. Separation of church and state needs to be maintained. Otherwise, tax the church.

    November 10, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. allenwoll

    Buzz off, Sarah ! ! !

    November 10, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Asturiano

    Get your church outta my government

    November 10, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Pen

    The tragedy with Palin isn't just the fact that she has become the laughing stock of any serious commentator, the real tragedy is that she actually has an audience that want to hear her.

    November 10, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. qularknoo

    our founding fathers left Europe because of big government and because the King of England claimed to be the head of the church ... which gave him authority over both the secular sphere and the church sphere ... and thus total control and power over the people. Statism is "church of the government" ... the Roman Empire, Europe both followed the road to statism and now liberals in the U.S. are traveling the same road.

    November 10, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. SFC Mike

    I guess she's running low on money, and needs some more attention to keep monetizing being a half-term governor of a small state and a failed VP candidate.

    November 10, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. jacobvogel691

    What the hell happened to separation of church and state, all I keep hearing are these bible banging nut balls, I don't care who your god is or isn't, worship whatever allows you to sleep better at night but if you mention or it becomes your political platform you will never get my vote no matter what party you belong to

    November 10, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Katie

    Where the heck is religious freedom under attack?
    Are people not free to worship as they please?
    Are people not free to attend any church they please?
    Are people not free to speak out loud about their faith?
    Is Christmas NOT a national holiday and is it NOT promoted absolutely everywhere through ads, decorations, lights, parades, festivities, and song?
    Is Easter NOT a national holiday and is it NOT promoted through ads, decorations, festivities and song?
    Is God NOT mentioned ALL THE TIME in almost every setting?

    Sarah Palin wants people to believe Christianity is under attack. It gains her national attention. It feeds into fears and emotions of those who are all too willing to believe that Democrats and Liberals and people who worship other religious faiths want to suppress or oppress Christianity. There is zero evidence to back up such claims. This country was founded on religious freedom – everyone everywhere is allowed to worship as they please. They are also allowed to NOT worship. Christianity and other faiths are PERSONAL matters, not PUBLIC matters. No one is telling Sarah Palin she can not believe, cannot pray, and cannot worship. SHE is the one telling other people what THEY should do.

    November 10, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Huckleberry

    Why is this lady still given the time of day?! Seriously! She didn't eve finish her one term as governor. She was second banana to a fruit loop in a FAILED bid for the White House. So why is she still considered influential? I don't get it.

    As for her comment, “Everywhere it seems that faith, religious freedom is under attack,” my question is this: will she be as passionate for a Muslim group wishing to display Islamic religious symbols? Just asking! It is freedom of religion after all....

    November 10, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. MaryM

    Ha! does anyone take that Loon Palin seriously. Maybe the TPer rwnjs

    November 10, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Chris

    The Tea Party is not comparable to the revolutionaries of 200-odd years ago, except maybe the angry mobs of the Boston Massacre. It's a political hate group opposed to anyone against their mix of guns, God, and greed. Hate to tell you, Ms. Palin, but the war on Chirstmas is following the war on Thanksgiving, which your godless free market system, baiting consumers of all stripes, has pretty much ruined. (My company is opening at 8 pm on Turkey Day, when the rest of my family is just sitting down to eat.)

    November 10, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Quest

    Is she on acid?

    November 10, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Bill Davis

    The idiot speaketh again and again...

    November 10, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. wut!?!

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

    There's something "deeply rooted" alright . . . but it ain't in the christian faith! There's only ONE god this opportunist worhips and that "god's" name is MONEY! Anyone that buys into whatever thisd freak of nature says should have their heads examind.

    November 10, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Me 3

    This woman is such a flaming rectal orifice. Never forgive John McCain for unleasing this idiot on the world. The GOP is the party of hate and bigotry.

    November 10, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Larry in Houston

    I would love to Vote for a moderate in 2016, but I guess people like her & cruz isn't going to let us Independents do it. >sorry< to be so blunt ...

    November 10, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Scott

    Now that's interesting because I see churches trying to become government.

    November 10, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. jc

    I hope she keeps on talking, the more she talks, the more she is helping the center or the left. Just keep opening your mouth Sarah! (just not around me hurts my ears)

    November 10, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Fedup

    Palin would rather have the Government of big Church. No thanks.

    November 10, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Wootings

    "Sarah Palin blasts ‘church of government’"

    Uh-huh. And if people like her and her radical religious terrorist group, aka the Republicn Party, ever gain control of the government we'll have a church *for* a government.

    And not a very good church, either. Not that any of them are "good."

    November 10, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. David Pratt

    Message to Tina Fey: please get ready to do your thing again.

    November 10, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Bobby Love

    Well, she was kind of cute in 2008.
    It just occurred to me that she will probably not garner any news attention after she is no longer attractive.
    Just sayin.

    November 10, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. jc

    @loud music, you said it perfectly

    November 10, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Name carl

    SARAH PALIN Can see Russia from her House.

    November 10, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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