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. Deke

    Palin belongs to the Church of Ignorance and Moronity. Anyone who gives even one of her words credence is also a fellow member and traveler. Too bad we can't 'defund' her.

    November 10, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Tom

    Sarah Palin falls into the same category as Donald Trump - a self-promoting blowhard who has no chance of being elected to national office, but will chase the spotlight every election cycle by intimating they are considering a run for office. Why CNN seems compelled to keep covering this woman is beyond me.

    November 10, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Grumpymedic

    She needs to go back to the Church of Rednecks and stay there.

    November 10, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. The citizen

    You are confusing religous freedom, with public condemnation of the American governments' widespread
    endorsement of the christian religion.

    The freedom of religion alllows each individual to choose what, if any religion they might practice.

    The public endorsement of a religion, especially a government involved endorcement, vilifies and demonizes
    anyone that practices a religion differing from the endorsed view.

    I have no doubt that you believe your religion to be the one true path for you. To this point I would not
    try to influence you otherwise.

    What I have a problem with is your insistance in trying to convert me and all of the Americans to your
    belief system.

    You clearly do not have the right to use the power of your government to push your belief system upon
    innocent citizens that have rights based on individuality of choice.

    November 10, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. rafterman11

    Not the mythical "war on Christmas" again. These tea party dinks do but just recycle the same old myths and conspiracies over and over.

    November 10, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  6. Tom1940

    Where are the Woman's Rights Groups, not filling these "comments" with indignation, upset and "concern" in the "way" this story was "set-up" prior to the remarks by the four speakers. Still attacking Sarah Palin? C'mon! Stories about Sect'y of State John Kerry do not start off: "The one-time Senator (JFK Wannabe), sometime "Failed Presidential Candidate" Sect'y of State John Kerry – etc. etc." Nope!!! Kissing the hindsides of Dem's and vilifying Republicans, particularly the Female Republicans is classic Democrat and Media "fodder" – "modus operandi", thrown up/out to obscure, tarnish and otherwise demean and diminish their credibility, remarks and message. Very similar to what is done in smearing the "Tea Party" folks, whose politics it is assumed by the Left to be Conservative or Right-Wing Republican. I've stood along side these folks, and it seems to me the only thing on their (Tea Party) agenda, was getting the country back to work – the government to quit spending money, balance the budget and let folks live their lives, with less government control/interference and meddling. Too bad the Democrats, lacking any experience, knowledge (hands on type), and going hand-in-hand with the media in selling this country right down the tube.

    November 10, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Tychi

    "Church of Government" ? What Palin really wants is a Government of the Christian Church. A theocracy.

    November 10, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Dennis Freeman

    A quitter and loser desperate for attention...

    November 10, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. JD

    Funny how the only ones who care about Palin at all are left-wing media. She's not actually important at all anymore, except that when things are going badly for Obama (which is often), they drag her out as a distraction. "Wag the Dog", anyone?

    November 10, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Mike in Texas

    You're being taxed less now than under Reagan. Give it a rest. Palin is a money chasing quitter. Zero credibility.

    November 10, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Bob

    So she thinks that religious freedom is under attack and needs to be protected, but then she calls Obama's administration a "church" and wants to bring it down. I guess I don't know why I would expect anything coherent to ever come out of Palin's mouth.

    November 10, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. cat5fred

    White flag of surrender? What was Cruz doing then? Think before you speak.

    And, also, it may be that most republicans understand that the people voted for Obama and thus voted for health care reform, like McCain, your running mate/boss said.

    November 10, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. marc

    These crackpots are getting narrower and narrower in focus. It's down to the purported war on Christmas now. Soon, the latest single issue will be artificial vs real Christmas trees. I'm guessing they'll claim Obama wants to do away with real Christmas trees. Go ahead, line up to vote for them when they release that shocking claim.

    November 10, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. honest joe

    Government without religion = freedom for all to worship however they please. Government run buy these religious zelots = persecution and prejudice for everyone who does not follow their warped megachurch money worshiping version of Christianity. You don't belong if you are poor, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, black, hispanic, (they will tolerate rich hispanic) etc.

    November 10, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. dzerres

    Don't forget: Palin's family has a factual history of crossing the border into Canada to seek free medical care there. hypocrite.

    November 10, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. crocksoldiersimprobablywearingbedrolls

    Please stop covering every appearance former half-term governor Sarah Palin makes. Or, at the very least, please consistently refer to her as "former half-term governor Sarah Palin." She doesn't deserve the coverage.

    November 10, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. John P. Thiel

    Faith and religious freedom have never been less under attack, and properly referring to the 'holiday season' instead of 'Christmas season' is a sign of that. It's called Holiday Season because there are a whole lot of holidays which come at the same time of year. Palin's argument is for the exclusivity of Christmas on the calendar, that we should ignore Hannukah, and that Thanksgiving and New Year are somehow Christian holidays–they're not–and government recognition isn't going to change that.

    As a person of faith, I have never felt more freedom. Freedom to practice my faith without censorship, and freedom from the oppression of one faith being recognized and acknowledged over all others.

    If you want to argue for Christmas as a purely religious holiday then insist that only Christians celebrate it. The rest of us will find a way to deal with it, as obviously we have been.

    November 10, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Mike

    If Palin, other Tea Partiers and well-to-do paid their fair share of taxes (which they block in legislative action), we would not have a deficit.

    November 10, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. YUCK

    She should join the army and make a difference,instead of sounding like an angry,sick bird

    November 10, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Darrell

    She's still alive?

    November 10, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. Joe

    Would love to hear how Iowans responded to her comments on ObamaCare, considering a large portion of our states population is already on Medicare.

    November 10, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. JD

    What a coincidence that she chose to talk about the issues central to her new book!

    November 10, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Knucklehead

    "Xmas is the spear in a larger battle"..... this says everything you need to hear from Sarah Palin

    November 10, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Buckwheat

    What war on Christmas? Everyone loves Christmas. My friends of other faiths celebrate it. Christmas as we have celbrated it for 60-70 years isn't relgious anyway. Feel free to enjoy as you see fit.

    Without the "church of government" Palin would have nothing. If she hates government so much, why is she always involved in running for office or helping someone else run for office?

    It's always entertaining to see what self-promoting noise she comes up with. Unfortunately there are people who think she is for real.

    November 10, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. JD

    Hmm, so as long as you say a comparison to slavery isn't racist,it isn't? OK– the caddy fees at my country club are just like slavery! But that isn't racist! Done and done.

    November 10, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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