November 9th, 2013
11:14 PM ET
12 months 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. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    The only "god" the Quitta believes in is the almighty ka-CHING!

    November 10, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. NameFrank Deery

    Gov. Palin was right about Obama five years ago, and got blasted then by the same Liberals who are now in "shock and awe" over the Obamacare-less roll out and confusion among voters over it's impact-one
    never properly explained by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid, it's authors. Disaster!

    While Obama golfs and fundraises in Florida,
    his signature legislation is still mired in IT problems any greenhorn programmer would have seen coming at the outset, not nearly
    2 months into it! Big Government! Big mess!
    And with Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving pending, a "fix date" of 30 Nov is not "doable". Well, no one added an actual year to that, so maybe Jay Carney has "spin" room 1 Dec.

    From Benghazi, to Boston, to Syria, to Health
    Care, to sly exemptions for irate unions under the latter, to coddling Iranian Nazis(thanks, France!), Obama is A Disaster!

    Democrats worried about their Political butts in 2014 need to pressure this bad Presidrnt to resign.
    At least Biden can work with Congress and
    be Present when we are in crisis. He can probably defuse this crime-wave("Rave-robbers"! Oakland. Where are Al and Jesse?)we are under. LAX and even malls under attack-weekly under Obama! Something is very wrong, and people will respond by voting GOP.

    None of The Above under Bush/Cheney! Good old days.

    November 10, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    I believe in the teachings of Jesus and tested my own faith in the existence of God and you know what? The Quitta and her ilk in NO WAY represent me. My God is bigger than her narrow, hateful use-as-an-excuse-for-bad-behavior self-centered fantasy. Religion is cultural more than anything – and the God I believe in doesn't give a rat's patooty what rituals you practice or words you say or where you park your butt on your day of worship. What matters is what kind of person you are and the life you lead.

    November 10, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. StafCoyote

    Palin is a narcissistic sociopath always crying victim.

    November 10, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. bajadelmar

    Money grubbing POS.

    November 10, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    Going to church no more makes you a Christian than sleeping in a garage makes you a car.

    November 10, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Quasi

    Sarah "the evil devil that she is!" Palin is totally irrelevant to anyone and everyone.

    November 10, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. steve

    could it be that all the people that disagree with Palin,Lee.King and Cruz are “moving steadily, inexorably in the direction of the kind of government they do want.”

    November 10, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Another Voice

    Can we please get complete health checks on these extremist ranters? If they really believe the nonsense they spout their paranoid delusions are interfering with their (and our) lives.

    November 10, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Iam Reading

    Dominionists need to be exterminated now before they cause real trouble.

    November 10, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. just me

    I must save christmas by making money off it. I must save gubmint by sabotaging it. I must save my celebrity speaker status by being asinine.

    November 10, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Dave - Phx

    No, Palin,it seems that everywhere religion and blind faith are at war with anyone who doesn't believe the way they do. That isn't America and never will be. Mexico will breed us all out or a super storm will kill us all while you blithering idiots argue about bengazhi and other crap no one cares about. DRILL BABY DRILL

    November 10, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. carlin123

    Watch in awe as the amazing Palin wraps herself in the Bible and the American at the same time!

    November 10, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Todd

    As religious as I am, Christmas is technically NOT a religious holiday. I repeat, NOT a religious holiday. If you do your research, this is nothing more than a pagan custom that was adopted by the church, same with Easter.

    November 10, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. FrenchChef

    The previous National Laughinstock, the quitter former governor of Alaska, has exhausted her 15 minutes of fame. It's time the media simply ignored her latest crazy blathering.

    November 10, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. BUD

    The Tea Party is toast.They just don't know it yet.

    November 10, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. mesai

    good point. She is in no way represent Christians. She has a hateful spirit which non is mentioned in the teaching of Jesus. She is good for nothing.

    November 10, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Harry

    wow! She is so far fetched and partisan and without logical merit that I can only wonder who is taking her seriously?

    November 10, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. BobVk

    Palin represents the Church of Greed and Hatred

    November 10, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Dennis

    "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." Isn't it your greedy business owning Republicans that keep their stores open 24/7 that is 'stripping holiday meaning? Isn't it your greedy business owning Republicans that start commercializing Christmas about friggin' Labor Day that is stripping holiday meaning? Go back under your Alaskan rock, quitter...your relevance in the real world is through.

    November 10, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Russell

    Oh, boy. I hope she gets another shot at VP. Best thing that could happen to the Democrats.

    November 10, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. jc

    for those who just "can't understand why people don't like Palin" maybe it is just it, YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND. Maybe you are on the same IQ range as her.

    November 10, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Elle

    The real war on Christmas is the commercialism that has shifted the focus from Christ to materialism. My first Christmas on my own in a foreign country without all the gifts and trimmings which is now for me the norm now that my parents are gone (I lost 'em young) . . . it's amazing how much easier it is to focus on Christ. If there's a war on the Christian right, well, it's whackadoodles like this woman that are the reason.

    November 10, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Leslie Griffith

    She surely cannot be more stupid, can she? You betcha

    November 10, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    What a nut case.

    November 10, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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