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. Kate Gallagher

    The woman is an utter buffoon, she has never once had an original thought.

    November 10, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. martin

    too bad sarah left church before the service was over...

    November 10, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Brenda

    Everything is a "war" and a "battle" with this loud mouth.

    November 10, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Pete/Ark

    Remind me again ...who is this person and why do we care ?

    November 10, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Ben Bowloe

    At lease she does know where Russia is. Don't know of anything else she knows about foreign policy

    November 10, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Down with Feminist Traitors

    If you ever want to see the misogyny of the Left on full and loathsome display, just mention Sarah Palin. The comment section of any CNN story in which her name appears rapidly becomes a cesspool you would not allow your children to read, because of the filthy mouths and hateful rhetoric of the so-called protectors of women's rights.

    The Left has co-opted the political organizations of every minority group in a pretense of solidarity, but that pretense burns away like cobwebs in a fire when a member of one of their client groups wanders off the reservation and dares to disagree with the Party Line. Then it's "screw dignity and equality", you are "Dick Cheney in a skirt", an "Uncle Tom", a "twinkie", or whatever other racist/sexist slur they have come up with to attack your authenticity.

    It's disgusting, and it prevents those groups from forming groups that actually look after their own interests instead of the Democrats interests. So they have not only betrayed women, they have cheated them of a truly inclusive women's movement, in the name of Democratic power. Shameful.

    A Democrat's idea of "Diversity" is a bunch of people who may look different, but who all say the same thing. Any dissenters are destroyed. When are women and minorities going to wise up and throw these Leftist usurpers out of their organizations? I'm not saying you have to run to the Right, but shouldn't feminists be for all women, and not just Democratic women?

    November 10, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. SonoraChick

    War on Christmas? Yeah right....that is why it starts weeks before Halloween, makes people work Thanksgiving and all night long for shop-a-holics and decorations remain up after New Year.

    November 10, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. always looking for a bit of critical thinking

    There is a war on Christmas, but not by the government–interesting that it really got started the beginning of 2008. The war is by Palin's, and the Conservatives', panacea for all: capitalism and the free market. (By the way, I'm not anti-capitalism; I am just pointing out a point that seems to have alluded Ms. Palin.)

    November 10, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Fish

    Will this woman ever shut up??? When entering a war of wits tis best to be armed, the more she speaks the more she proves she isn't!!! Not sexist just honest!!!

    November 10, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Gene

    The thing that I find amazing is not the fact that networks still give her air time. It's baffling to me that some on the right actually find anything that comes out of her mouth credible. She is the stereotypical bimbo.

    November 10, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. JB

    When is this moron just going to fade away into obscurity. She is a quitter who could not even complete 1 term in office. Her 15 minutes of fame are long past....

    November 10, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Robert Schoales

    She's preaching to her choir.

    November 10, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. disgusted01

    Wow, slow to react. How long did it take for the GOP to figure out the tea party was trying to take over the party? Wake up, times change..cost of item's change. And as cost increase, so does the debt. As far as the Affordable Health Care program goes, we are all Americans and we all deserve the same health care.

    November 10, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. TiredofBush

    Sarah – please do all of us a favor and go back to Alaska, if they will let you in to the state. Your BS is so bad it's not even funny.

    November 10, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. James Friel

    I cannot for the life of me understand. why the press keeps following this idiotic woman. There is nothing she could do or say that would impress me. After listening to her and Ted Cruz I can only wonder what kind of people are
    keeping these people in the limelight. They are both self serving idiots..

    November 10, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. william griffith

    it is very she was elected governor of Alaska and wouldn't even finish her term because she knew she couldn't get the big bucks while in now she is worried about a war on sorry to say if these people are Christians-–where do I line up to be a agnostic or atheist or even buddahism........sure don't want anything to do with any of these so called Christians.....if I were sarah palin I would be looking out for a lightening bolt coming my way and I want to harm to anyone

    November 10, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. lloyd roberts

    She has at least learned the technique of mastering buzz points or phrases, or buzz words, would have you. Ask her a reasonable intelligent question pertaining to her memorized buzz slogans, and she would be completely unable to discuss what she is rambling about. But everytime she screams one of those buzz phrases, her crowd goes wild. Please God, these people have a right to exist, but don't let the devil fool people into possibly voting to allow them run this country. Then your only hope on earth, America, will have no hope

    November 10, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Floyd from Illinois

    Palin is all about 'Palin as the center of attention' and nothing more.

    November 10, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Seth Hill

    Winners never quit, quitters never win, losers never quite quiet.

    November 10, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. giggy

    This person lacks critical thinking skills and of all the people in the world who have no true values except the money she is paid to give a press conference. 1. This is a country were everyone is not a Christian, I for one.2. There is a clear separation between church and state. Alaska has to shamed by her.

    November 10, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. theoriginaljames

    Palin the the Democrats best resource. Go girl.

    November 10, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. sodakhic

    "Church of Big Government" get out of my life.

    November 10, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. UncleBenny

    "Like the rest of the event’s speakers, Palins words were deeply rooted in a Christian faith."

    What a crock. Palin's words are deeply rooted in promoting Palin.

    November 10, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. NameCharles. Davis

    These nutjobs should be tried for treason

    November 10, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Sally

    Palin and all the rest of these narrow minded troglodytes sound like they're resurrected from the old John Birchers of the l950's. I'm shocked that the mainstream Republican party lets them get away with the blatant disrespect they show anyone or anything that doesn't fit into their ignorant little world. My 4th great grandfather actually fought under Col. Christopher Gadsden and the "Don't Tread On Me" flag during the American Revolution and I really resent these know nothing, see nothing, feel nothing selfish people using it as thier standard.

    November 10, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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