November 9th, 2013
11:14 PM ET
4 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. Ronaldo

    You can always count on Palin to spout ignorant nonsense.

    November 10, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. SuZieCoyote

    Oh, here we go again with the war on Christmas. Poor Christians, they are a minority here and treated badly. Ooops. They are a majority here and always have been and many go out of their way to marginalize any one of any other faith. Poor Christians, nobody will recognize their holiday. Ooops. Almost all corporations close down for their special day. Poor Christians, nobody pays any attention to their important religious holiday. Oops. Hugh amounts of time, energy and resources go into this one day. These tea party folks live in an alternative universe where everyone is out to get them.

    November 10, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Scott

    I see in the video to this article that Palin is making George Washington cry. He's so damned embarrassed to be associated with the Tea Party.

    November 10, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. jc

    @chris, there is absolutely nothing out there that forbids you to practice your religion. Not one thing.

    November 10, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Harry Shaw

    Sarah Palin and most importantly the Tea Party Terrorists want nothing more than to destroy the country so they can have it all their way. Terrorists to the End

    November 10, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Wyckette

    How Palin comes to her conclusions I'll never understand. She draws a crowd but of what level of comprehension are those who find her fascinating and enlightening? She's a pretty face and "pretty" is a short-term podium to stand on.

    November 10, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Tim Jordan

    Every day I read nonsense like this and thank gawd I'm an atheist.

    November 10, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. CTYank

    These folks remind me of Professor Wagstaff (Groucho Marx in "Horsefeathers").

    "Whatever it is, I'm against it." They're ankle-biting snipers, with nothing to contribute, but to their financiers.

    Sarah's merely a media-ho.

    November 10, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. halhiker

    Please stop reporting what this moron says. Just seeing her name in a headline is annoying.

    November 10, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Steve

    Lord you people need to get a life. I still don't understand what people have against Sarah Palin. She has never said anything that wasn't true, she was denigrated for having a child with downes syndrome, (should have aborte) and was completely right right about death panels in obamacare as we are finally discovering!!! The left is suffering from a mental disorder. Please think before you post.

    November 10, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Scott

    The Anna Nicole Smith of politics.

    November 10, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Sarah Palin's new Book , just in time for the holidays .

    Palin has flirted with politics repeatedly since she left office halfway through her first term in Alaska.

    Palin / Cruz 2016
    It's all about US

    November 10, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. LouAZ

    Oh, he gave me special instructions back of the pulpit Christmas Eve. He got to howlin' "Repent! Repent!" and I got to moanin' "Save me! Save me!" and the first thing I know he rammed the fear of God into me so fast I never heard my old man's footsteps! – Lulu Bains in Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis 1927.

    November 10, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Bill Gates

    Palin id nothing more than a creation of the mass media. News media needs celebrities to dump advertising on, when they need a good controversy.

    “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” This is total nonsense.

    Lee's reference to the founding fathers is ignorant. Thomas Jefferson started the Public Education system because only the rich could afford to educate their children. He wanted taxpayers to pay for public education to reverse the education gap and make the country stronger. This is socialism, where the government controls the means of production and distribution of products, which are educated people, ready to enter the employment marketplace. It was long before Marx and Darwin.

    Lee also refers to the "Reagan revolution" Usually this means lower taxes and smaller government. But Reagan raised taxes after he lowered them because the deficit went up. He left office with a bigger government anyway. But the GOP never mentions these facts because they need to scam the public for votes.

    November 10, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. airjackie

    This is a book tour not a political tour. Sarah needs to sell her Christmas book and get some donations from the faithful Tea Party. The just released book did not get good reviews as just a piece of trash so Sarah is on the road giving her usual Obama hating speeches and getting people to buy her book and donate to her PAC. The Duggets campaigned for Ken Cuccinelli and had their kids selling their book to the crowd. Sarah saw how Senator Cruz gave a fake filibuster reading Green Eggs/Ham while asking the people to donate and he raised millions. All the Tea Party former candidates are fundraising for self profit even Rev. Huckabee. As long as people give these nuts their money they will continue to entertain and give hate Obama speech.

    November 10, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. god

    For a christian she sure breaks allot of the ten commandments. She has broken 1,2,9,10 regularly.

    November 10, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Magister

    There is no power in secular atheism. Just foot-stomping temper tantrums. It will phase itself out because most atheists can't help saying and doing things that demonstrate what happens when you don't believe in a higher moral power.

    November 10, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. symone says

    ... well, then, she probably should encourage all her right-wing, pseudo-christian/pretenders to lay off, eh?

    November 10, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. Clement Arbruster Bodog Castlenut, Jr.

    Let's all dance the Wackadoodle Bop!

    November 10, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. DarqueSide

    Palin's a media ho, nothin' mo'.

    November 10, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. don in albuquerque

    Did she find someone else who can write above third grade level to do her next Epistle to the Ignorant.

    November 10, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. ted

    I used to live in Fairfield County Connecticut which includes Greenwich, Stamford, Canaan and Ridgefield. All bastions of corporate and wall street folks and republicans and it was those communities that wanted to get rid of the symbols of Christmas. Glad I don't live there anymore as I was in the minority. So Sarah Palin and her alledged Christians need to stop boasting about how great they are an what they want for the country, I DO NOT WANT WHAT THEY WANT. I want freedoms that the republican conservative right wingers want to deprive me of.

    November 10, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Carol

    Palins nonsense, and the people around, her keep the sane Republicans from being heard. They make the biggest noise about nothing, and anything worth paying attention to is lost in their clatter.

    November 10, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Jules

    She is such a foolish person. How does she think Jesus likes her spreading her venom and lies? Seems to me she ought to look a bit more into that before she sets herself up as someone who should be listened to. What do you say, Sarah, what would Jesus do?

    November 10, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    "Republicans should focus on moving forward, he said, not just repealing Obamacare but replacing it with something better "

    We're listening, Mike.

    Still listening, Mike.

    Say, Mike? We've been waiting an awfully long time now for your 'something better'. How about you guys either put up or shut up and move on?

    November 10, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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