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. timelord7202

    She would turn this country into a theocracy with Sharia law and then still find a way to blame everyone else for the anti-woman and anti-people attitudes she'd usher in.

    She's known for being a quitter in the business world. Why hasn't she quit NOW?

    November 10, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. Biff Changsteen

    I would suggest the revision: "Church of politics"–brought to you by the mass media. Dare I say that citizens of the free world should just roll up their sleeves and work at what they believe in, instead of getting distracted by the game?

    November 10, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Twain

    Why is it that Christians feel the need to shove their beliefs on everyone else? They want the right to force the dark ages on society again and complain about religious freedom when people refuse. Here's an idea for the Jesus freaks, read Matthew 6:5. And stop trying to shove Christmas, a Pagan holiday by the way, on everyone.

    November 10, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. Jeb

    Palin is truly an inspiration to morons everywhere.

    November 10, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. Tom

    Who cares what this lunatic has to say on any subject? She is John McCain's gift to American politics, the gift that keeps on giving.

    November 10, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. scarf


    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....

    She'll never go away. She is the Herpes simplex of American politics......

    November 10, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. GOP_R_Traitors she still alive?
    This made me LOL "conservative intellectual"
    Oh man so funny.

    November 10, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    will she never just go away..Pathetic Palin at it again..

    November 10, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. Engineer in Raleigh

    Wait a sec... Aren't Republicans the ones who are constantly trying to merge church and state by lying about how "America is a Christian Nation"? Talk about big government.

    November 10, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. theotherbob56

    Another venture to increase her bank account, nothing more. She would be destroyed by her own party if she tried to run for dog catcher, let alone POTUS.

    November 10, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. jed

    It was explained to me that Palin was a turtle on top of a fence post. She for sure doesn't belong there. And she clearly did not get there by herself.

    November 10, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. sameeker

    Why doesn't she start in on the corporations that have destroyed the meaning of Christmas? It is nothing but a greed fest that is now starting in September. You see nothing religious in the ads, or in the stores. They don't even take a day to be thankful anymore. Instead, the hypocrites make their employees miss Thanksgiving so they can rake in the cash that day. I am an Atheist, but this article demonstrates just how stupid Palin and the GOP is.

    November 10, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    @obumba, the right wing little women don't have a spine. That is why they allow their men to tell them what to do, how to do it and they just go along for the ride because they are too darn s tupid!

    November 10, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. Chuck

    Don't get me wrong folks, but we do need her in our lives. She lightens up my mood with her humor. She constantly redefines reality and absurdness. She brings me a smile once in a while. It sometimes riles me up that she makes money off the good old folks who keep hanging on to her inane comments. But hey, you cannot save everyone. As the saying goes, you can fool only some all the time. She certainly has found her few fools whom she keeps fooling all the time.

    November 10, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. Elliott Carlin

    I'm not a big Palin fan, but man, can she get the libs coming out of their skin.

    November 10, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Carolyn

    The church of Palin is like so many others who want to run people's lives is no different. She is in a church as a position of power and spreads just what she wants for herself. I am so tired the rich and powerful telling others how to live. They should be grateful we work to make them their money or they would have nothing.

    November 10, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. sharon12345

    What war on Christmas? It isn't even Thanksgiving and the stores are decorated. Is this woman's brain connected to anything. Can someone filter her mouth. Maybe something along the lines of the Man in the Iron Mask. Would she still be able to talk? Something has to shut her up. It is McCain's fault. I blame his senility. And her stupidity.

    November 10, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Allen Huckabay

    Being a Canadian it amuses me that the Americans listen and give credence to a woman who has never accomplished anything significant in her life. What is wrong with you people????

    November 10, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. Scarey mc Berry

    I love her snake oil tongue.Good for you Sarah:).Keep playing those old hillbillies out their cash.......good girl

    November 10, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. Rick

    How is it that there are still people that believe that Sarah Palin actually has something credible coming out of her mouth?

    November 10, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. Karin

    What have I done to deserve this abuse? Please, I beg you, don't publish anything this woman does. Now, where is my aspirin?

    November 10, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. where is the sanity

    What a loon...She hasn't figured out no one is listening to her and the Tea Party crazies...Not even the republicans. Give it up Sarah, the village called they want their idiot back so go home.

    November 10, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Teri

    There is no war on Christians.. But bot everyone in America is Christan and to assume that is AND then ram the Christian beliefs down our throats is not what this country was founded on. Freedom OF and FROM religion. And last time I checked it wasn't atheists who have killed untold scores in the name of GOD or practiced racism/sexism and used a religious book to "back up" their viewpoints and beliefs to keep certain segments of the population on an unequal footing.. I am a dyed in the wool Libertarian (our numbers are rapidly increasing) and I wouldn't vote for Palin if she were the last candidate on the ticket. But she knows this. She knows she has no hope for the presidency. She is only drumming up publicity in order to increase her speaking rates. A gal's gotta make a living, ya betcha!

    November 10, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. fsmgroupie

    go sarah - destroy the gop

    November 10, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. donald

    maybe she will go away some day.

    November 10, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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