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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soundoff (583 Responses)
  1. John Charm

    Its time for the Tea Party to stop taking free stuff from the Republican Party and register themselves as a separate political party. When you have a separate political platform, a separate political name, and a separate political flag, then you're not the Republican Party, you're the Tea Party. There are approximately 33 registered political parties registered in America yet, incredibly, the Tea Party is not one of them. Tea Party, do the work.....get your act together and become a separate independent political party and stop mooching from the Republican Party.

    November 10, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  2. roy

    Round up Palin, McCain, Cruz, and Palosi send them home for good without media access.

    November 10, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  3. Odo

    Better than a "government of church"!!!

    November 10, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  4. Terry

    Run Sarah run!
    Hillary and the DNC

    November 10, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  5. Lucky18

    If Jesus did exist, he was probably 5 feet, maybe 5 feet 2 inches, dark skinned, nappy hair, very thin and a bit delirious from his nomadic existence in the desert. Same with his "followers".
    Jews preaching a "nether" world, because of their impossible lives experienced in this one, was easily manipulated, by a charismatic person.
    To this day, the preaching goes on by delirious people, such as Palin, etc.
    Can't wait for the preaching in "tongues"!

    November 10, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  6. Larry38363

    God, this woman just never shuts up even though she blathers nothing about nothing!

    November 10, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  7. Palin

    Most Iowans laugh at Palin, King, and Lee. And last night was no exception.

    November 10, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  8. 1Bigboy

    Sarah Palin, Mike Lee and Steve King......the 3 stooges. Her criticism is laughable as a she plays Reverend Palin from the Church of Stupid.

    November 10, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  9. longtooth

    I see wolves trying on new coats, seeing which one will look best to the flock.

    November 10, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  10. Tom

    She is crazy. The Christians made Christmas illegal once upon a time not so long ago. But it was not called christmas it was called the fest of the winter solstic. They then stole it back from the pagans because the church could not stop the pagans from celabrating and they called it christmas and put their christ into it.... Oh i know about saint nichols the church ridiaculed him for handing out gifts. Please know your facts PALIN...CRAZY WOMAN.

    November 10, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  11. Dougie

    She is like a case of herpies, she never goes away

    November 10, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  12. Anonymous

    " the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Annual Family Banquet"

    And that explains it. No reason to read any further.

    November 10, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  13. David

    As a democrat who votes and donates to the Democratic Party and support Obamacare but really want Universal Health Care in the USA, I would love to see Sarah P as the GOP Candidate for Presisent 2016. Good Luck. She would be the best candidate we might run against.

    November 10, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  14. JCS

    " the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Annual Family Banquet."

    That explains it. No need to read any further than that.

    November 10, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  15. michael in houston

    Palin....Cruz....these tea is all one obnoxious ball of snakes floating in the water.

    November 10, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  16. KieranH

    Man will someone swat the buzzing gnat please???

    November 10, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  17. don in albuquerque

    You know I really don't know how long it is going to take Palin (Pied Piper of the Un and Under educated) to realize that the American people just are not that into Fascism. For the World War II vets that follow her I think it is sad to see them lining up to support the same thing that they fought, and died to defeat. The talk Palin, and others of her ilk use is so similar to 1930's Germany and even closer to Peronism. Not familiar with Eva Peron and how she and hubby left their country? Educate yourself.

    November 10, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  18. Thunderstruck

    Of course.
    She has a book to sell.
    Media Ho.

    November 10, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  19. gary

    She must be totally insane ... she is a traitor, a liar, a poor parent, a very bad person.

    November 10, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  20. Organic1

    I am always amazed that people actually let her speak in front of crowds, how pathetic can one get? If her brains were measured in grams, the candy bar made for Halloween treats would be larger and make more sense.

    November 10, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  21. Keith

    The only thing under attack is the nation's collective sanity when Palin opens her mouth.

    November 10, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  22. Gus McCrae

    So the right is going to keep bringing the crazy. Amen! Palin is dumber than a bag of hammers and hardly fit to serve coffee...

    November 10, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  23. Thomas Nichols

    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.

    Maybe she should have finished her term as govenor in Alaska!

    November 10, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  24. LCB

    Spare us another 'dose' of this person – PLEASE – !!!!!!

    November 10, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  25. Maine liberal


    The only War on Christmas is waged by you and others that force beliefs and practices onto others. Not one person in this country has every been arrested or banned for saying Merry Christmas or putting up Chrstmas decorations on private or church property. Not One.

    Merry Christmas as a greeting should be used selectively and be given not received. Say it to someone who has made a difference in another person's life. Give it sparingly dont over use it, otherwise it is nothing more than "have a nice day".

    If you dont receive the greeting perhaps you have done nothing to earn it.

    Buying a xbox at Walmart doesnt earn it: here are some deeds that do.

    34"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'

    November 10, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
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