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. motorfirebox

    The actual headline: Palin Tours to Promote New Book

    November 10, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Tea Party would've hated Reagan.

    November 10, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. smc

    Palin's "crowning achievements" are that:
    1. she quit her job as governor halfway through her term, wasting taxpayer dollars.
    2. she canceled the "bridge to nowhere" after she campaigned for governor on her support of it, then took the federal dollars for the bridge and wasted them elsewhere.
    3. she put Alaskan taxpayers on the hook for half a billion dollars to a Canadian company for a pipeline project that will probably never be built, and was a bad deal for Alaskans but great for the Canadians.

    November 10, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Mymy

    Ms Palin, there is something that you and your tea party friends have never learned... it is called respect. No, you don't respect the views of others, but rather you demand we respect you and your beliefs. Until you and your simple minded followers learn to respect other peoples religious views than you will not receive any respect.

    November 10, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Ron

    Palin needs to go back to Alaska and watch Russia off her back porch ! This women is dumb as a rock, Couple of weeks ago she commented that she was sure Christ celebrated EASTER !! All of you vets who are standing behind her need to not be there, Someone will actually believe you endorse her!!

    November 10, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. A in Pa

    “Everywhere it seems that faith, religious freedom is under attack,” Palin said. Yes Sarah Palin, religion is under attack because it is a fraudulent misrepresentation of history. It is racist, hypocritical, homophobic, contradictory in it's own text and gospel, it promotes hate and attempts to hold those who do not subscribe to it's philosophies liable for not conforming to the cultural and social demands of religion. Labeling members of society sinners as religious adherents appoint themselves judges of their peers. Then they proceed to lay claim to the moral high ground to create a situation where they make the rules, they govern, they are in power, they control the information, they have the rights, they call the shots and start assinging the roles others are to play in their production. You will be the slave, you will be the humble servant, you will be the wife (here is your script), you will be the husband, everyone is defined according to a scripted role. It's a sick thing that religion attemts do do to our society, while claiming that love and respect is to be had by everyone as it takes away your freedom and right to be human. Religion has nothing to do with God and everything to do with man's ability to corrupt the natural God given spirituality of man and in religions attempt to enslave mankind.

    November 10, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. IDontKnow

    She is the product of the apathy and non critical thinking that blankets the US as humans cling to the superficial and self absorbed petty areas of interest that keep them glued to vacant video,text, images and content all around them. There is more an expectation of self amusement and entertainment of others by her than real activity towards bettering the culture.

    November 10, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. SciGuy

    @Think Again: the god you believe in doesn't exist.

    November 10, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. RickN

    What palin doesn't seem to realize is that her perceived war on christmas and christianity are actually defensive acts to prevent people like her from shoving their religion down everyone else's throats. She's not a victim, she's a perpetrator.

    November 10, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Ben

    If she was so called based in a "christian" manner and actually followed the bible then she would know not to get involved in politics at all but to just obey the laws and regulations set forth.

    Pinning it on Obama is not fair as I'm sorry he is the messenger not the fault. The real fault is all the people in the cabinet that are corrupt and doing things better for the money or where it will get them.

    It will never change because the gov't is corrupt. End of story

    November 10, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Kane

    I believe this woman may in fact be crazy.

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

    Keep talking, Sarah. And, if you decide it's not simply too much work, by all! The higher the office the better. Just stay in the limelight and keep yapping. You're doing your country a bigger service than you'll ever know. Maybe not the one you wish it to be but ......

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

    Palin should give her speech in glossolalia. She is a member of a church in Alaska that practices "speaking in tongues."

    November 10, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Sam Adams

    The real agenda about Christmas is not religious but greed. See the many major stores chains that will be open on Thanksgiving to encourage people to shop.
    Christmas was the Church's usurpation of the ancient midwinter solstice celebration of the return of the sun. Most of the trappings come down to us from Norse history. From the setting of that date comes the setting of the Annunciation on March 25.

    November 10, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. VEW2012

    Wasn't December 25th originally a pagan holiday co-oped by the Christians....Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, the Birth of the Invincible son, Miithras, or Yule?

    November 10, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Joeygirl

    Unfortunately, as much as I love nativity and other Christmas related displays, they cannot and should not be displayed on public property, for the simple reason that this would, out of "fairness" to all religions, also allow displays of any religion year round. This could/would include various cults, Satanism, etc. Most religions are beautiful and their basic precepts should be embraced, regardless if one is religious and what their religion is, but there are definitely some that should never see the light of day.

    November 10, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Neo Agnostic

    What war on Christmas? What the heck is she talking about?

    November 10, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Megan Hunsdale

    She's like an annoying relative showing up for the parties but disappearing for the clean up.

    November 10, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. albie

    firs of all, who care what Palin says – second, I want freedom FROM your religion, I don't care what you do in your own home, but dont you dare use my tax dollars or a public venue to push your religious propaganda

    November 10, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. vikingwoman

    Looks & sounds like the Tea Party wants to relive the Boston Tea Party days! Which means setting themselves & the rest of us (kicking & screaming, of course) back 250 + years, in the process! There is no 'war on religious freedom,' but there is a 'war' by the teavangelicals to insert/intrude their views of Christianity into the every facet of government! Talk about Church of Goverment! I often hear repubs charging progressives w/'war on women' due to comments about 'extreme conservatives' such as Palin, Bachmann, Coulter & even Schaffly! This is a patently false equvalence! As a woman I reserve the right to vehemently disagree w/women who want to set my gender back hundreds of years & force their religion on me! In fact, I treat the men & women who want to do this Equally! And, btw, the Boston Tea Party was a nation builder, the 'modern' Tea Party is just a disgrace!!

    November 10, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Dave

    In Sarah Palin's case it's a 'church of ignorance'

    November 10, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. David B.

    When will this Idiot go away. Tea Party are only Racist people with no real solutions. Bridge to Nowhere, Death Panels. What a retard. She is a lost cause. Still whining and delivering her hate. Tea Party GOPers Lost the Election, Supreme Court Ruling on Obama care, Could not defund Obama Care and are still LOSERS! On your way out the Door and not too soon.

    November 10, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. LastOne Standing

    I think The Democrats should pay Sarah Palin to keep opening her mouth. She is one of the best weapons against the Republican Party. Every time she speaks up, she buries the PUBs just a little bit more. She instills fear in the hearts of most Americans, because she is so narrow-minded, racist, greedy, uninformed and ignorant. You go girl.

    November 10, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. JB

    Christmas is a pagan holiday. Christmas was adopted by the Romans over 300 years after Christ. Simple history Palin.....

    November 10, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Mercury

    Did Ms. Palin make any reference to the relentless war on non-Christians, waged for the past sixteen centuries or so, by those who obliviously describe themselves as "Christian?"

    November 10, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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