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. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Paling needs to learn reading books instead of writing them but she's too lazy to do that. And if you haven't noticed she did a disappearing act when the budget, economy or anything that has to do with numbbers. Palings best asset is she's no more Than. GYPSY selling snake oil.

    November 10, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. fandancy

    Just when you think she can't get any crazier, she gets crazier.

    And stupid people believe her. She definitely has a following of idiots.

    November 10, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Tony

    Religion is fiction. God's language remains in God's realm. All other are child, make believe, short attempts at human slavery.

    November 10, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Thomas

    "an important Iowa gathering"

    "conservative intellectual"

    I don't believe those words have ever been used in that order before. It seems very wrong.

    November 10, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    This is a Christian country only, principals of the Constitution were from the Bible, and seperation of Church and State originally meant for the Gov. to stay out of Church business, totally

    November 10, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. B. Batson

    America was and is a Christian nation only, the Constitution was written on biblical principals and seperation of church and state was meant for the Gov. to stay out of Church business any time and any place, however that has been misinterepreted by radical judges who show their real ignorance for their radical views.

    November 10, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. isolate

    What a fountain of ignorance! How fortunate the people who are laved by her waters.They will never have to think again.

    November 10, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Adam

    She lost her stardom a while ago. What she says is of no importance.

    November 10, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Skeeve

    Ah, yet again a major religious group in this country plays a victim. Please, do cry me a river.

    November 10, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Andy Anderson

    "as well as conservative intellectual and activist Phyllis Schlafly:


    November 10, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. VEW2012

    Spirit of Spirit, if it be your will,
    give me over to immortal birth so that I may
    be born again – and the sacred
    spirit may breathe in me.”
    -Prayer to Mithras

    November 10, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. WhereIsPalin

    What does this woman stand for? She is a plague!

    November 10, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Blue

    Where is this "war on christmas" she is talking about. I see christmas decorations already coming out, and we're two weeks away from thanksgiving yet. Where are the homeland security agents shutting down any christmas themed businesses? Or banning and confiscating christmas trees from citizen's homes? Or barring the doors of christian churches that teach the story of Christmas to their congregations? This is such an idiotic statement. Freedom of worship is intrinsically coupled with the separation of church and state, principles the founding fathers understood very well, and this dolt obviously doesn't.

    November 10, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Just a thought

    God I love those Pagans

    November 10, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Theseus

    Christmas doesn't even have anything to do with Christianity. It's a Christian adaptation of a pagan holiday that they couldn't fully eliminate from the culture, forcing the church to incorporate Christian teachings into it. Leave it to Christians to think that everything started with the Bible and ignore the facts. Religion has no place in government, it's based on unsubstantiated claims and unproven doctrines... most of which they interpret incorrectly themselves. Thanks Palin, for continuing to solidify your groups idiocy.

    November 10, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Sammi

    Notice that Mrs. Palin did not say one single word about Thanksgiving, the upcoming important holdiay . Why? Because a mention of the truly American feast day of Thanksgiving won't sell any of her books.

    November 10, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Johnny

    Peace to men of good will.

    November 10, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. ib1sage

    Beam me up Scotty. No sign of human intelligence here....Palin Ugg!

    November 10, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. fghfghf

    Unless 100% of the profits from *her book*(i seriously doubt she wrote it, her name is just on it) go to charity, then she has no ground to stand on. Anyone who profits off of such a topic sickens me.

    Ignoring the money grubbing troll, onto the topic itself...

    I have not seen a case anywhere of anyone fighting nativity scenes on private property, etc. The only cases ive heard of is trying to remove religion from the government. It has no place in government at all. It belongs in your home, on your property, in your private clubs(ie churches), in such places you are free to practice your religion all you want. But you are not free to try to weave your religion into the peoples government.

    November 10, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Doris Durand

    That is right Todd, Christmas December 25th was picked by the Pope to go with Saturnalia. They tried to stop it but since they couldn't they use the customs and called it Christmas. Jesus was born in the spring. Sarah Palin just wants media time and money.

    November 10, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. VEW2012

    @ Name Frank Deery
    Sarah Palin was wrong five years ago, and she is still wrong today.
    We are still paying for the Bush/Cheney fiasco.

    November 10, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. rs

    I'll give Sarah Palin this: when you need to explain the Right's inability to deal with complex issues, she cobbles together another "this or that", "black or white" kind of non-answer to problems that really shows the inability the Right has to deal rationally with issues of the day.

    November 10, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Steve

    "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."

    OK Fine. Then allow Christians and others to say "Merry Christmas." Seems to me the problem is solved.

    November 10, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. nintex

    I have a feeling that I'm not the only former left-leaning independent who is now voting a straight Democratic ticket, thanks to you, Sarah.

    November 10, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Mona

    What's that expression, "children should be seen but not heard!" Get my drift Ms. Palin.....go climb back in hole from
    whence you came & leave the rest of us alone.

    November 10, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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