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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  1. Ryan Hoffland

    One thing that I don't understand about this "War on Christmas", is why place so much emphasis on Christmas? Religiously speaking, Christmas is a very minor holiday. Easter and Pentecost are the two most religiously important Christian holidays on the calendar and both are not as widely celebrated like Christmas. So WHY?

    November 10, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  2. NotQuiteAnAthiest

    The only war I've ever seen over Christmas has been spearheaded by christians who seem hell bent on excluding other celebrations from the holiday equation.

    November 10, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  3. amlcpamaine

    Palin, Lee and their supporters can stir up the fervor all they want (and as long as they get media coverage they will). But they don't have a CLUE about how middle-of-the-road voters – us independents and the moderates in both parties – value society and good government. Sure, they'll make a lot of money and drive a lot of polls, but in the end they'll lose, perhaps feeling surprised like Romney. For generations we've had pols whose focus was 'public service' even when debating their opposing parties. These jokers don't know the meaning because they're self-centered and they run on hatred.

    November 10, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  4. Mike

    Send in the clowns... they're already here.

    November 10, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  5. I told you so

    her again

    November 10, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  6. albert

    "“war on Christmas”" What a joke. Christmas is nowhere to be found in the Bible. It is rooted in pagan customs. Things that the Bible speaks out against. Palin and her anti-christ thugs are nothing more than hypocrites, and continue to make a mockery of God.

    November 10, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  7. Flecka

    Really now, who the hell is Sarah Palin, and why is what she says, so newsworthy?

    November 10, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  8. Pablo

    Oh please tell me more about what Palin says or thinks. I'll be anxiously awaiting. Not.

    November 10, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  9. zanny

    this poor woman doesn't realize that her 15 minutes of fame ended a long time ago the only audience she has now maybe she needs more money and realizes there are crazies who will pay to hear her speak are the far right nut jobs and of course Fox ENTERTAINMENT network THANKS JOHN MCCAIN for giving us this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  10. MITCH

    This group of yahoos is lacking enough synapses to do anything but obstruct progress. They are fearful of change – they profess to love America but they despise what the country has become , which is more progressive and inclusive .

    November 10, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  11. Mark

    When will someone put a bullet in Palin's empty skull??? She is the perfect example of why abortion should be legal!! I wonder how her little retard is doing? It is quite sad when a retard has more sense than his mother!!!!

    November 10, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  12. FrFigure

    "Palin's words were deeply rooted in a Christian faith."

    That sentence is better written than, I'm guessing, the author knows. Not THE Christian faith, but A Christian faith, specifically some twisted variant of Christianity. I can tell you, as a priest, that Ms. Palin's faith is an almost unrecognizable variant of what Jesus taught. That variant is the one that ignores Jesus' message of compassion and love for the outcast, ignores His commands to care for the least powerful, ignores His example of humbleness and self-emptying. It replaces these core elements of Christianity with a triumphal, angry, selfish doctrine better suited to animals...though that might be an insult to animals.

    Fighting to put a nativity scene in shopping malls and the like is misguided to the point of approaching blasphemy, utterly missing the significance of Jesus' birth at the fringes of His society, celebrated on earth only by the loathed and disregarded shepherds. Making cultural/political statements with His birth, especially in places of consumerism or power, is so wrongheaded that it cannot possibly be squared with Christian doctrine. That it is common in modern Western Christianity is a sad sign of how much we are like the disciples, who misunderstood Jesus all through the gospel accounts and even thought of Him as a means to their own power and status.

    I suppose the wrong-headedness of so many of Jesus' followers is just a sign of how much we truly need Him.

    November 10, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  13. Tampa Tim

    War on Christmas? Church of government? Is little Miss Word Salad aware that it is the baggers who are attacking women's rights, veterans, seniors, the poor, minorities, and the middle class?

    Slow to respond because baggers vote against helping Americans in order to help the Kochs destroy government, I really do not think a person with an IQ above room temperature would think that a government shutdown and default will help our country.

    November 10, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  14. Mathprof

    When will this idiot get off her soap box? AND, who the heck is writing these books for her?

    November 10, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  15. Tom

    When Churches (and political parties) fail to address problems it is up to a freely elected Government (within established Consttutional law) to make change. Eg. 48 million citizens without health insurance, irresposible corporate governance leading to world wide economic collapse, irresponsible and dangerous gun ownership to name just a few.

    November 10, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  16. MightyMoo

    Sarah needs to stop being a hypocrite and learn that fiscal responsibility includes paying bills you owe on time instead of threatening to be a dead beat because you don't get your way.

    November 10, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  17. Jason

    There is an easy way for Palin, Lee, Cruz, etc., to achieve what they want: win elections. But they cannot do so – cannot win control of the House, the Senate, nor the Presidency because they are and will remain a minority of Americans. They will be a side note in American political history, much like the Whigs and the Know-Nothings. (And they do not currently control the House; they are a noisy minority that has the Republican Party afraid to stand up for itself.)

    November 10, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  18. Monsieur Grumpe

    Why anyone listens to this barely coherent serial quitting snow-billy grifter is beyond me. Palin is qualified to do nothing.

    November 10, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  19. Mara Tam

    Does she know how government works? Can she comprehend? Does she have any thought processes? Is her "book" written in completes sentences? Any words with more than two syllables? if so, she couldn't have written it. What an example of the Peter Principle squared. Do I need to explain the word "principle"? Sad thing is, her followers are just like her. God help America. She won't go away.

    November 10, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  20. That Sherman Woman

    I don't understand why anyone has to wear any mantle. Palin has points. The debt to others is not tolerable. The ACA is a tottering mess. Single Payer. (think McFly) Balanced budget and no, Sarah, there isn't a Santa Claus.

    November 10, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  21. Zaphod Beeblebrox

    I blast the "Government of Church" that Sara Palin and her ignorant ilk would force on us.

    November 10, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  22. TheTraveler

    Sarah is out promoting her new book by blasting away at government. So what's new? The woman appears to take an interest in politics only when there is some money to be made from it.

    November 10, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  23. jpzipp

    Stop giving this idiot a voice!

    November 10, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  24. curiouser

    While blasting ObamaCare, did Ms. Palin mention that her husband, children, and grandchildren are covered by the Alaska Native health care program? Indian Health Care. This is free medical care for life, cradle to grave, paid for by the US government (you and I). Socialism? You BETCHA! But it is only wrong to make an effort to cover OTHER families.

    November 10, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  25. PepCap

    How many comedians and late night writers’ r contributing to her campaign?

    November 10, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
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