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. Rick

    Is this woman really as ignorant as she comes on to be? I find it hard to believe that anyone can be as mentally challenged as she is. She can go on and on about "big government" and big debts. She always seems to forget that they both came from the previous administration, and that the present administration is cutting the debt and deficit at record rates. She also seems to forget that if her TeaTard cronies had their way, we would all be living in a religious state run by the American Taliban, excuse me I mean the far right extremists.

    November 10, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Ben Beauka

    Palin is one of the few with enough sense and guts to speak the truth. The Liberals are to depraved and eaten up with dementia to know what truth is. They follow the Pied Piper Of lies and deceit like a bunch of lemmings.

    November 10, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. Stephen Cross

    We might listen if they actually proposed something other than getting rid of The Affordable Care Act. How about you give up on getting rid of it, since that is not going to happen, and instead make constructive plans to fine tune it so that it works for everyone. Because you don't have any new ideas, just oppose everything!

    November 10, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Cotton McKnight

    It should be noted that what Sarah Palin really said is that you can see Russia from parts of Alaska, which is true. Tina Fey, while impersonating Sarah Palin in an SNL skit, is the one who actually said that she could see Russia from her house. If you are going to bash someone for something they said, you should confirm that they actually said it. Sarah Palin, like everyone, has faults. However, she is not the buffoon the main stream media and the left would have you believe. Just saying.

    November 10, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. edpeters101

    I gotta think that the late night TV comedians are backing Sarah Palin (coco bird) with money for her to talk! Now to find the I am not a WITCH to join her. Only question is how long will Cruz and his father allow her to steal the microphone from them??

    November 10, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. norma jean

    For a Govenor who did not compete her term....a vice presidential candidate who did not win.....someone who has been made fun of in every form of the media.....thiis poor excuse of a woman just doesn't have the dignity to step back and find a private life for herself.....she is not only ranting like the proverbial "fish wife"....she is even looking a little shabby around the edges....Time to move on Sarah,,,,,,,,,PLEASE !!!!!!

    November 10, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. mickinmd

    She know what topics to say and knows she doesn't have to have a clue about them to get people angry.

    It reminds me of the episode of "Family Guy" where Lois is running for mayor and losing a public debate with her opponent because he's saying meaningless things that sound cool where she's trying to explain programs she'd start. Then, she inadvertently included the phrase "9-11" in an answer and got cheers. She caught on.

    How would you fix the schools, Loia?"

    THAT is Sarah Palin except, unlike Lois, we can agree with McCain's aides who told him after interviewing Palin, "She knows nothing."

    November 10, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Jon

    She should teach everyone else how to govern. Oh, thats right, she couldn't even finish one term as Governor and is as dumb as a post (of course that just makes her a typical Republican).

    November 10, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. Willie Jay

    At least we do not have a Theocracy (like in Iran) which she and her fellow Teabagger wingnuts really want! She only wants to force-feed her religious intolerance to people in the USA who are susceptible to her vitriole (and who therefore must have the IQ of their shoe size). We do NOT need to be another Iran! Religion is the opiate of the masses, and a crutch for the weak and stupid!

    November 10, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. needNewGov

    You have to give it to Palin, she really knows how to promote a book.

    November 10, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Ed

    For heaven's sake, what was the collective average IQ of this gathering anyway? Stop giving this dimbulb media attention.

    November 10, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. Larry L

    Palin is of course trying to get back in the public eye. Making ridiculous comments just isn't working anymore – at least not beyond the radicals of the Tea Party.

    Maybe it's time to pull out all of the stops... She could convince Hustler magazine to run a special edition called "The Crazy Cougars of the Right-Wing". She could do a fold-out wearing a Nazi helmet and a hateful expression. I can't stand the moronic woman but I'd want to see the photos...

    November 10, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Reggie from LA

    Phyllis Schlafly is an intellectual? Did i catch her at a bad moment whenever I found her to be rather obtuse? Dear, sweet, Sarah (and anybody who thinks like her), our faith will withstand any "wars on Christmas". I suspect however, that you don't apply that thinking because it doesn't garner you any money. I hope that the interest in your book will be somewhat parallel to the interest in your game changing movie.

    November 10, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. SmartPotato

    She is such a mor*n... America has bigger worries that protecting a pagan holiday's rituals. Just to name a few: poverty, crime, immigration, health care, education...

    November 10, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Frank Franklin

    Ironic how she hasn't mentioned the Republican War on Freedom. The only difference between these two parties is who they steal from and who they give it to.

    November 10, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. J

    That woman is insane. Certainly doesn't act like Christ.

    November 10, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. liberal disease

    i thought she was dumb until Obama came along

    November 10, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. NanookoftheNorth

    Haters gotta' hate :-/

    November 10, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |

    Better than Palins Church of the stupid!

    November 10, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. GOPnightmare

    Wow....Plain seems to slightly confused again. It's so sad she knows no other way because if she ever discovered that our national debt increased by large amounts when Reagan was in office and has kept right on going up. But she and her disgraceful moral view wouldn't get that.

    November 10, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. BigdaddyUSA

    Come on Palin, please run for President, we all need some more laughs.

    November 10, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. works4me

    I never in my life could have ever imagined despising someone as much as I do her.
    Thanks John McCain. Your contribution to the human race will be your legacy, with this one.

    November 10, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. Seriously

    Calling Phyllis Schlafly an intellectual is like calling a dessert tropical. Dominionist nut bunnies will put America back in the same century as the Taliban. No scientific progress that counters dogma in their literalist biblical world. She's a symptom of the disease, and Schlafley is definitely a carrier.

    November 10, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. Lawless4u

    What on Earth is wrong with this woman? War on Christmas? Where?

    I love the oxymoron they printed: Conservative intellectual.

    November 10, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. GOP = Greed Over People

    Is what's her face touting a new book called "Angry White Biddies"?

    November 10, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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