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. amisc1970

    She blasts Republicans who “waved the white flag of surrender” by not continuing their effort to defund Obamacare. I suppose she would have preferred that the shutdown continue indefinitely until they got their way, and then blame the Democrats for making it take so long. She undoubtedly also would have not wanted the debt limit raised, even though that is to pay for spending that Congress already authorized. It seems her attitude is "damn the consequences to the country and people if we can't get our way."

    November 10, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Drakenfly

    Love the SNL reference but don't tell people the saying actually came from a SNL skit...let them pretend they were using their own intelligence in making the comment in the 1st showed everyone your intelligence Ben....

    Ben Bowloe

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

    November 10, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. Bikepath

    What a goof

    November 10, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. Former Texan

    Conssensus has already been determined and established about Palin and Perry of their ignorance. And along comes Cruz who can't even answer questions asked of him when pushed to elaborate of what he has been espousing. Who's the dumbest of them all? I'd say all three of them. They have no shame whatsoever.

    November 10, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. Tom

    I think it's for our own good to leave religion out of most things......... this is a country of equal rights and a LOT of OTHER religions will want equal time and may get really out of best nip it all in the bud now.

    November 10, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. lagunalad

    So she's trying to sell books!!

    November 10, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. Lawrence

    The Tea Party is having the Party. We (those who are writing the comments) are not a part of the party, we are the people in the back of the room. The Kock brothers have shown us they have more money than us and will have no problem bring down America because they know in the end – he/she who has the GOLD – RULES. We will be totally broke and the Republicans along with the right wing Evangelist will be the only ones with any money. Remember, the Tea Party cost us over 26 Billion Dollars that they didn't have to pay (24 + 2 more to cover Federal Back Pay). She makes me sick.

    November 10, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. bailee

    The Tea Party, including Sarah Palin, might as well get off their soap box and go back to private life. Less than 20% of Americans approve of the Tea Party, and after last months 16 day close of Government most likely that percentage will only become less. Go back to Alaska, Sarah! You are wasting your time and other people's money! I'm sure you found some way to get a "free ride" to Iowa, because you wouldn't spend any of your own money to get there.

    November 10, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  9. Jonathon Powelly

    Does this woman have anything of value to say?

    November 10, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. tomservua

    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 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. Biff Omney

    Keep talking Ms. Palin....the Democrats are laughing all the way to victory in 2014.

    November 10, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. tired

    palin is a political prostitute. she no doubt banked big bucks to appear and stir the little minds of the tea party mob. the only thing she consistently gives away is her integrity.

    November 10, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. RNK

    Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz are the stand-up-comic-full-employment act. Tina Fey and a lot of other comics are shopping for a bigger house when they hear Palin and Cruz talk. They hardly have to work any harder than the republicans – they just need to repeat what these dim bulbs have said.

    November 10, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  14. S.Khan

    Palin never ceases to stay busy – a speech here, an appearance there and now a new book as well. It amazes me that there are some willing to listen and even buy her so-called books. She is laughing all the way to the bank while making most of America the world's laughing stock. If the mainstream media stopped following her around, she would be dead and gone. Why can't they ignore a air-head who has never said anything sensible in her life?

    November 10, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. lakeside 1

    Possible that this nutty woman will EVER shut up? Her rant about the so-called 'war on religion' is ludicrous. Coming from her? Especially ludicrous.

    November 10, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  16. nik green

    Ms. Palin, if you are so embittered, then I would suggest that you find another line of work outside of politics.

    November 10, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. toreropalido

    Palin: Teabaggers best and brightest.

    November 10, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  18. pattysboi

    I love it when she starts blabbering about the supposed "war on Christmas". There is no such thing. There is also no "war on Christians", no matter what sarah the silly says.

    November 10, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. OrmondGeorge

    Sarah Palin's "blast" has the megatonage of a fart in a 10 mil wetsuit

    November 10, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. Cedar Rapids

    Ah you can always tell when the holiday season starts....when the sound of moans of 'war on Xmas' starts, long before anyone else even thinks about Xmas.

    November 10, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  21. Jay

    Palin is so right about the war on Christmas!!! But it more than that, it the war on Christians!!! Need more people to see what's going on. Praise The Lord Jesus Christ!!!

    November 10, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  22. freeloaderpolitician

    Really? who gives this airhead any visibility on her thoughts. it's disgusting that anyone would even pay her for her airhead thoughts. at least she's getting better on her geography.

    November 10, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  23. Non-story

    "important Iowa gathering"- Isn't this a contradiction of terms?

    "Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Annual Family Banquet"– never effing heard of them

    Article title should read "Palin says exactly what she's paid to say at a rally that paid for her to come and say just that"

    November 10, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. jim

    Palin – Coulter 2016

    November 10, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  25. berthaAllen

    The woman is a complete IDOT. Why do we give her the time of day?

    November 10, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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