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. Big Henry

    She's acting like a candidate so she will have more appeal as a speaker so she can charge a large fee.She's not running for President, she's just making a living.

    November 10, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. Clint

    The non-existent "war on Christmas"? I thought the religious nuts finally admitted that it didn't exist (or proclaimed that they had actually won it...).

    November 10, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  3. Jan from Colorado

    Every single time this woman opens her mouth I cringe, but then screeching has never appealed to me. I am a Christian and I don’t feel like there is any war on Christmas. I can celebrate as I choose. I don’t feel offended because my grandkids go to a public school that welcomes children from families of all faiths. I think everyone needs to learn of different faiths, be aware of them, and choose as their heart directs them.
    Last time I looked, not any single one of us here on earth could definitely send anyone else to Hell, try as though some might. And frankly public schools are not the place for practicing religious doctrine. It’s a good place to learn about different religions, but the celebration of that religion belongs in homes and places of worship…..
    ……and most of all….in the everyday way we treat each other and the way we live. Somehow “I got mine now you go get yours dummy” isn’t something I remember Christ being quoted as saying, and certainly I’ve never felt that special humbling, warm Christian feeling in my heart when I hear things like “if they weren’t deadbeats they could afford ….” I prefer how I feel when I hear words that are attributed to Him and ring true to His philosophy.
    If anything it’s capitalism that has waged a war on “Christmas” Ms. Palin, and the spirit behind this once celebration of Christ’s birth is nowhere lost as much as it is with some of your followers. I could be wrong, but it seems to me that the true teachings of Christ have been aborted by many in the Christian church, of today and yesterday, who hold themselves in such self-righteous esteem that they believe that they, and only they, know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Um, I think we’ve been warned against doing that, by the Man himself. Look it up.
    There are many wonderful and fine Christians out there, and I strive to be one of them, most of the time. So I won’t wish you ill, Ms. Palin, but please give up public speaking. Write your books. Make money. But please, stay off the pulpit, especially when it comes to mixing politics and religion.

    November 10, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. trent1280

    Sarah Palin was the half-term governor of a state with fewer people than Charlotte, NC.

    She quit her office half-way through her first term, evidently because the heat in the kitchen was too much for her. On the way out, she helped sink John McCain's presidential bid.

    Ever since, she has made millions promoting herself, and shows no sign of stopping. While some may question her love of duty, no one can question her love of money.

    November 10, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. ThisIsNot4U2

    I feel sorry for people like Palin who are too stupid to realize that the whole world is laughing AT her...*smh*...

    November 10, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Dixie Independent voter

    Sarah is out on the campaign trail turning tricks for bucks. Just like the less well paid ladies do. I do have to say though, that she's much better at it.

    November 10, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. TexasGuy

    Face it. Palin is now an established cultural icon, and as such, she commands the attention of the media. I think she is a danger to our society, only because she influences a lot of people, dumb as they may be, but they have a vote and have spending power. She is on the Tea Party train, and it IS hard to stop a train. Even though Palin is uneducated and not qualified for public office, she should be considered like a Pee Wee Herman - absolutely ridiculous, but fun to watch.

    November 10, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. Jzunee

    Please protect me from the Government of "Big Church" that Sara and the rest of the conservative Tea Party extremists would have us ruled under!

    November 10, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. tet1953

    Yeah, but government of church is ok isn't it Sarah?

    November 10, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. audrey from baltimore

    please let this be our last sip of the idiots 'tea partiers and palin'. JEEZ. what are you clowns smoking?

    November 10, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. Conscioius Observer

    Palin's concept of "church of government" is pretty close to reality since nationalism is a religion.

    November 10, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. Bob Nickell

    She is such a loon.

    November 10, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  13. Dennis F

    I have watched for years now as the extreme wings of the Democratic and Republican Parties have shown that all either of them really knows how to do well is to screw up this country in such a manner that they can blame the other side. In my view, Sarah Palin is one of those people. She has put very little effort toward placing this country, and its people, at the top of her list of priorities. She, and her family, seems to be the only people on her list of priorities.

    Remember when she had the opportunity to give back the illegal per diem payments made to her by the State of Alaska for staying at home while she was Governor. When she found out those per diem payments were illegal, instead of paying back the State of Alaska, she chose to instead pay the Federal taxes on those illegal payments and keep the after-tax portion of those illegal payments for herself.

    If she had been working for President Reagan and did something like that, he would have fired her!

    As far a religion goes…

    The first words in my holiest of scribes are as follows:

    "We the people of the United States..."

    It is time that those of us in the political center told those two extremes “ENOUGH of your self-centered drool”!!!

    November 10, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  14. richard

    Everyone here loves to whine about Sarah. I guess it is a great way to not have to discuss the absolute dismal failures of the current administration and your spiritual leader Obama.

    November 10, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. orange sunshyne

    I don't give a horse's patootey about what Palin has to say.

    November 10, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. bam

    religious freedom is under attack...
    Yeah I am sorry that I wish to have this disease removed from places it does not belong.

    November 10, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Paul Puma

    What we need are actual human beings taking a vested interested in leading this country. We need to stop commenting and start doing, all of us.

    November 10, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. al

    i don't think highly of obamacare im sure we will see problems develop as it is implemented i dont know how bad it could be but one thing i am ABSOLUTELY SURE is that if Palin were the President things would be much worse. she probably would be trying to quit and weasel her way out.

    November 10, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. Rich Townes

    This woman is to be pitied. She walked away from an elected office...turned her back on those who elected her...and yet she still talks to people who listen to her as if she knows what she is talking about. Cut it to the bone...and you have someone who just cannot stand that she lost, and is regarded as a fool by the vast majority of the world. Sure, she has her base, but they are not enough to do anything for her, yet she still shouts as if she has something to say. All in all...a very sad person. Go away Sarah...every time you open your mouth, you put a big moose foot into it. Had you finished your term as Governor, you might have had some footing, but you did not...and have to live with this legacy of being a sore loser.

    November 10, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. Vader

    Look at ME! Look at ME! Look at ME!


    November 10, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. BADGUY

    There's no war on Christmas...or religion...or Christianity...The government has no place in promoting ANY religion. And regarding going back...ONLY forward. A single payer system is inevitable.

    November 10, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. MetroMike

    Who really cares. Why are you even bothering CNN. Lame. Oh, and Schlafy, an intellectual? Yea, a real Einstein there. Is is that hard to recruit real journalist?

    November 10, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. Moses

    "Like the rest of the event’s speakers, Palins words were deeply rooted in a Christian faith." The correct statement would have read, "Like the rest of the event's speakers, Palin's word were deeply rooted in a greatly misguided interpretation of Christianity." Jesus wept. And he still does when he sees people misrepresent all for which he stood.

    November 10, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. That's just crazy talk

    That sea hag needs to disappear

    November 10, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. MarkinFL

    She is just mad that we are slowly dismantling the government by church.

    November 10, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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