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. skywolfrf

    Sure, just like when she was interviewed at a turkey farm while live turkeys were being rendered behind her. What scares me is people listen to her, not many but the fact that even some do.

    November 10, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Pat

    Little Missy Sarah can't tell the difference between the White House and a painted white church. Interesting.

    November 10, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. dina

    Todd is right.It is not a Christian holiday. It is a custom. Remember that Palin does not speak for nothing.She earns money every time she speaks so she is using Christmas rhetoric to earn money.That doesn't seem right.

    November 10, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Cybr

    Welcome back, Sarah. We need some comic relief.

    November 10, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Rolick

    The war on Christmas, the book, really? What a craven money grubbing parasite this person is. What next, the war on Christmas movie, musical, coasters? Merchandising is in order here I think, why not just go all the way in exploiting this Fox News darling of a non-traversy issue.

    What about the war on Halloween! First you can't draw witches, and you can say anything about ghosts or magic, kids can't even have the god given freedom to draw pumpkins. Then there is the war on Thanksgiving, no more tracing your hands to draw turkeys kids.

    It's funny how Christmas is the only Christian event that there is a war on, what about the war on Easter? Oh right, that one has much less impact and would not make good news and sell books if we created a fake war on it.

    November 10, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. What!!! What!!!! What!!!!!!

    Christmas is all about spending. Nothing about religion in it.

    November 10, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Andrew

    These tea party freaks sound like terrorists who hate the United States. What Palin and her ilk are stoking is a pot of non-christian like, hateful revenge. They always hate everything and aren't afraid to call our duly elected president horrific names worse than Bin laden did.
    If – and I say if – these freaks get their man elected president, I'm going to call him every name in tne book – just like they've been doing. They're going to get a smearing just like they're doing.
    Sarah Palin is a redneck patsy freak who hates America.

    November 10, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. ergo sum

    Opportunistic nitwit Sarah climbs on any bandwagon that comes in handy, whether it is the "Walmart women", or Joe the Plumber - so why stop at Jesus Christ? Just find a bunch of dissatisfied grumblers and stand in front of them with a flag, and they will start to march. Nobody ever lost who underestimated the intelligence of the American people.

    November 10, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. pchelp, Juneau, AK

    It's not a war on Christmas, it's an effort to put Christmas back into the Catholic & Protestant churches (and homes) where it belongs. It does not belong in a government that represents all faiths including Moslems, Jews, Wiccans, Hindus, Buddhists, Confucianists, Hopis, atheists, and others. Of course if you want to make Christmas a purely secular holiday that's fine-but the Nativity scenes say you're trying to keep it a religious holiday & that needs to stay out of government.

    November 10, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Ralph

    Palin is an evil women who uses anything she can to make a name for herself. Uses anything she can to get herself back in the headlines. She's nothing but a con, ego minded, narcissistic women who will use what ever it takes to make money and a name for herself

    November 10, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Yes

    Sara who..... Next news item please.

    November 10, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. reasonablebe

    no one is waging 'war on christmas.' you are welcome to celebrate and set out displays to your heart's delight on your own or the church's property, but not on public property. why? because this is a secular nation, with a secular government and not everyone who is a citizen shares your christian religion or beliefs.

    the government cannot endorse religion, no matter what you want to believe. it cannot endorse any religion, regardless of whether a majority of people scream it is their right and religion- in fact, that is the point. the majority cannot force their religious beliefs and celebrations upon the minority through government endorsement or encouragement.

    palin does not understand the law here, but what else is new? she has a very narrow view of things- she very much believes her views are right, because she says so.

    November 10, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Brian from DC

    I thank God every day for Sarah Palin! If it weren't for her we wouldn't have Barack Obama in the White House. Long live Sarah Palin!

    November 10, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. GEORGE

    Enough with the nitwit. She is neither Christian in he behavior nor deserving of a public forum. Perhaps hee book should be sold at Hallmark stores or in the discount bins of used bookstores. Or better yet, fire starting material for those cold winters in Alaska.

    November 10, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Eric J. Beck

    The New Nazi's are on the rise in the U.S. Or, the Tea Party is employing the tactics of Goebbels to brainwash a constituency that is ignorant, afraid and angry by repeating the same lies over an dover and over until they all believe it. The problem is, they don't realize that the very people they put their faith in are the very people that have betrayed them. Exhibit A: The Bush Admin, which crashed the economy, raised the deficit 86% (Obama is at 60%, but as a necessity to rebuild ala FDR), allowed 3,000 Americans to be killed on their own soil by a foreign power, sent 6,000 more Americans to die in two unwinnable wars, crashed the economy, etc., etc., etc. Blaming Obama for ruing the country is beyond absurd. He's made his mistakes, but they don't even come distantly close to what the GOP/Ta Party has done to this country.

    November 10, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Justaguy

    Todd – the point is that Christmas has been a traditional Christian holiday for years and now the atheist and pagans want to do away with symbols of Christmas in the public setting – you have a small minority trying to change our culture and traditions under the "separation of church and state" and irreparable harm arguments which as everyone knows is bogus – – the beginnings of this custom are irrelevant to what is going on now.

    November 10, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. jon Rhodes

    The "good old days of Bush and Cheney?" Sending over four thousand of our young American boys and girls to die for a lie in Iraq is hardly the "good old days" unless you think war crimes are a good thing.
    No White House team has done more harm to the United States than those two thugs.

    November 10, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Name Uche Agonsi

    at least, palin said nothing new in her epistle than the grand old drama story of benghazi, obamacare, ap. Such epistle is only for the devil's worshipers, not for christian faithful.

    November 10, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |

    Snooki Palin couldn't sit still and watch Rapheal Cruz run off with her bumpkin wingnut money again.

    November 10, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Charles

    Please Palin, not again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Michelle

    Palin is an ignorant evil woman whose focus should be her dysfunctional family. Anyone who contributes to her is just an uneducated and ignorant as her. She is an embarrassment to this country and for women in politics. It's obvious most Americans have little respect for her, why can't the Tea Party realize they will have little value as long as she is around. I feel sorry for her children, she's so embarrassing. Her image is tarnished, she should go in a hole and pray and ask God to forgive her evil ways.
    God Bless America!

    November 10, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. SeattleReign

    I guess she hasn't been getting enough attention lately from the press, so she dredges the old religious persecution crap up again. Actually, the only religions that are under attack are the ones that don't coincide with Palin and her ilk. This country is one of diversity, not a Christian theocracy. She makes a lot of money with idiotic statements that keep her in the limelight, but place no responsibility on her for being correct and factual. Even Sarah Palin knows she is too stupid to ever be president of anything. Alaska must be embarrassed that they even elected her as a half term governor.

    November 10, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. sigh

    Since most of our Christmas decorations are vintage or homemade or inherited, I guess she wouldn't like us, either. We don't fill our house with throwaway garbage from China, nor do we use lights to excess. Did the Chinese hire her to shill for that cheap stuff? Sure seems like it. We honored veterans today in our church, and the military is part of the government. Is she implying that veterans cannot attend a place of worship if they are drawing military benefits? Is she pushing for conscientious objectors, and disparaging veterans?

    November 10, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Dan

    Put the Yule back in Yuletide.

    November 10, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. fastrack1

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

    Yeah, Sara, you give 'em hell, all those vile, nasty non-Christian people, who, like your own ancestors, fled to America so they could practice religious freedom. No, wait, that's wrong. Sara invented herself and simply clings to the dregs of the teabags now...

    November 10, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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