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. manhandler1

    Barf......Can this nasty woman become any more repulsive. " How to Take a Pretty Face and Turn it into Something Ugly," by Sarah Palin. And did the writer of this story really refer to Phyllis Schlafly as an INTELLECTUAL?? WOW!

    November 10, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Johnboehner1234

    whats the difference between sarah palins mouth and her lady parts?

    only half of what comes out of her lady parts is mentally challenged

    November 10, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. yogi

    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!
    You are only capable of using Labman57's originality and add name calling to it, how original, and nothing else than the old typical GOP projection technique.

    November 10, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Jim970

    Article includes; " she left office halfway through her first term in Alaska,... non-campaign for the Republican presidential nomination that she eventually abandoned." A little media anti-Palin bias? "Non-campaign"? As I remember it she campaigned all the way through. "Abandoned"? I remember it as someone else being elected. She was there to the finish as I remember it. And, the only reason she resigned as governor was that the left had gone into rabid attack mode, so viciously that she could no longer do Alaska's business and resigned for the good of the state. Over 100 ethics charges shotgunned at her when she returned after the campaign. Incidentally none, absolutely zero, of those charges proved valid. It was simply the left out to destroy her. I have never seen such a hate campaign run against any candidate for public office. The left/media appeared terrified that she might win.

    November 10, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. kbomb106

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

    Wow. For once, I actually agree with Sarah Palin. Let me find a tweet to back up my argument. Here it is:

    "Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand. Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in the interest of healing." – Sarah Palin.

    Oooooohhhhh. I see. She only meant Christianity. Well, since that's the only world religion, that's totally reasonable. Oh, wait....

    November 10, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Amy Fox

    It is the Government's obligation to the law of the USA to stay out of individual religious rights even those held by members if he Government ir bureacracy...that most especially includes interfering with the practices and worship of religious groups....and removing RELIGIOUS Nativity scenes.

    If you want this different STOP ignoring the supreme LAW of the land and get a three-fourths majority vote of either the Legislature or the States together and vote on it. The USA is neither a monarchy, parliamentary monarchy or a dictatorship.

    November 10, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Frank, that guy from the next block

    Will this human mouthfart ever just go away?

    And, ever notice how we never see Todd Palin anymore? I'm guessing they are no longer as concerned about living the public lie that their long-since dead marriage is viable. I feel sorry for Todd. He seemed like a nice guy.

    And, Sarah Palin is NO Christian. Christian is as Christian does, and this flake lies WAYYYYY too much to be Christian.

    November 10, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Jon in Pittsburgh

    Okay Sarah – find Benghazi on a MAP, or can you see it from your home?

    November 10, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Sal Martorano

    Putana by any other name is still a putana! 

    November 10, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. dike

    Ted for president and Sarah for Vice... Yeah.... 100%of Texans will vote for them

    November 10, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. reldra

    I hope she runs for something. She is an endless source of amusement.

    November 10, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. snoopy

    Sarah Palin is trying to sell her book. Her piggy bank is probably running low. Each time she comes out mouthing you can "Betchya" she is trying to sell something.

    November 10, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. John

    I pretty much ignore Palin these days yet her statement provides some insight. Complaining about "Church of Government" when she would be fine with "Government of Church." How about the novel idea of separation of "Church" and "State"

    November 10, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Albany Park

    I'm no fan of Palin, and McCain blew it badly when he chose her in almost cavalier fashion to be his running mate – she just did not have the qualifications or background. But she's certainly right about the church of big government, going back to the roots of Marxism. I consider myself a complete secularist, but I'm not interested in replacing theocracy (as was practiced in Europe, and as practiced in Iran and Saudi Arabia) with a new kind of secular theocracy. Supporters of Progressive politics today absolutely act like they are on a religious crusade and you cannot talk to them – their little theories are gospel, and they believe in utopia in the same way Christians and others believe in heaven or paradise. Apparently we're hard-wired as a species to be irrational.

    November 10, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. teddyg

    Relax all. Her only following is 50-ish males who keep wondering if she's bohemia or brazil.

    November 10, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Calcommuter

    I hope Caribou Barbie keeps talking. She just proves the Republicans have learned NOTHING from polls and past elections. The scandals, the plagiarizing, the Puritanical ideas trying to keep women in the 17th century, calling Exxon "small business". And instead of them trying to make up for the shutdown, they are now going after affordable healthcare. None of them want to be in Congress or the White House. Well good. Keep it up Sarah, keep it up.

    November 10, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Rick Morrison

    .......would someone just make her pregnant again and get her out of the headlines!

    November 10, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Loathstheright

    " conservative intellectual ", that one really gave me a belly laugh. Sarah is just stirring up the low IQ crowd for money...again.

    November 10, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Mike S.

    Dang, she looks like hell. Apparently hypocrisy ages one rapidly.

    November 10, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. mfvjr

    Here she go again.

    November 10, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Bob

    Whenever Obama is getting a bunch of bad press, CNN always publishes a Sarah Palin story to say "Hey, remember, there are some Republicans who suck pretty bad too!"

    November 10, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. jamesdusch

    palin will do anything for money, the woman has no shame, no dignity, and is in the perfect political party, the tea party, the splintered GOP freak show with extremists matched only by al qaeda.

    November 10, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    @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."

    Being an atheist doesn't mean you don't believe in a power greater than yourself (such as ethics, morals, etc.); it just means you don't believe in God.

    November 10, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    airjackie: Excellent post and very true – Thanks!

    November 10, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Davidbiz

    Yes, Sarah! Let's make sure we protect the religious freedom to ignore all those poor, weak, souls less fortunate than us. We have a God given right to deny health and happiness to the "least" of us! We MUST be allowed to continue to stock pile our wealth and blessings, without the need to share and care! We will make our own decisions of which "church" to give our millions and keep those corporations healthy! You go girl!!

    November 10, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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