November 9th, 2013
11:14 PM ET
10 months 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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  1. Sunflower52

    I love how "Christians" like Palin are all about "religious freedom" as long as it's their religion. Here in Volusia Co., FL they had to cancel a school board meeting because of security concerns. What sparked this? The fact that the second volume of a history book devoted, according to opponents,to many pages on Islam. It didn't matter that in the first volume as much space was devoted to Christianity. One person even suggested students tear out the pages on Islam. To me such fears show a distinct lack of faith in God. If you truly believe that God is the way, then shouldn't you be unafraid of other religious beliefs simply because God is more powerful than what is taught in other religions? Christians have become like people that wear too much perfume. Instead of people being drawn in because they caught a whiff of a wonderful aroma, they drive them away with the overwhelming stench of their rigid beliefs. Jesus excluded no one not the leper, the harlot, or the tax collector. My belief is that God wants people to "come" to Him, not to be forced to accept a belief in Him.

    November 10, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Belseth

    "Jim

    Hasn't this disease been wiped out yet?"

    There's no cure for stupid.

    November 10, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. jnpa

    Palin said, blasting Republicans who “waved the white flag of surrender” and gave up on the defund movement. Really Palin? Wasn't it YOU who "waved the white flag of surrender" and quit your job as Governor of Alaska in the middle of your term? I am not defending the GOP by any stretch of the imagination, but you have no right to talk about anyone giving up anything!

    November 10, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. eric stanway

    "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."

    AAARRGGH!!! When is CNN going to hire some competent editors? No closed quote after "he said," and then a misspelled word at the end of the sentence.

    That aside, Palin is a dingbat who needs be ignored.

    November 10, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. truth is

    Why in god's name is this person still getting attention. Just another in a long line of people who can't seem to leave the public eye and go back to whatever is they were doing before. Just go away already, you have added nothing positive to any discussion since you appeared on the scene.

    November 10, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Quixote

    The article mentions schaffly as a conservative intellectual. A creature as real as unicorns and mermaids.
    palin is hawking a book. One thing she learned fro her short stay at fox......the more ridiculous your rhetoric the more press you get, and the more idiots buy your book.

    November 10, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. good_richard

    I can almost smell the fecal cloud of her breath from here.

    November 10, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. LarrytheCableGuy

    She said, “Everywhere it seems that faith, religious freedom is under attack,” she isn't aware the all Churches belong to the Sate, all churches are State Churches. All churches have State ID Numbers and the majority Federal Exempt 501C3 the church is Government.

    November 10, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Thomas J Everson

    The war on Christmas has already been won by corporate America. Christmas belongs in churches,peoples homes not in government. One more scare tactic to influence people who use their critical thinking skills occasionally or not at all. In order to spread the consrevative/religous agenda Palin resorts to fear and half truths

    November 10, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. tony

    Mobile excretement squeaks.

    November 10, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Keep Fear ALive

    poor Sarah .. must have met up as early as a Hot Summer July day with her Canklen sore cohort, Bill O'Rielly to discuss how to proceed with her ( continually manufacured ) Christmas Hate~Fest .. would be nice to see her and Bill put on a thin alaskan ice sheet .. on a warm warm day ....

    November 10, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Mike Trottier

    This woman is like the "Bimbo" you find in bars. You know the type who were someone at some point, but now she just needs you to buy her another drink, spend a few bucks on her and then she'll screw you.
    Palin has just taken it too a new level. She's still a "Bimbo" and always will be
    I Will Not Vote For A Teatard,.......ever! It will be a very long time before I ever vote for a republican again.

    November 10, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. JohnRJohnson

    What is most frightening about this person is that she still has supporters.

    November 10, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Darwin

    No churches or preachers in America have ever given the people:
    1) Clean water and air (the EPA and pollution control laws enforced by that nasty government did that)
    2) Sanitation (more nasty government programs that build sewers and treatment plants to keep the germs away)
    3) Roads and bridges for our travel to work or play
    4) Parks and forests and wildlife refuges for our enjoyment of nature
    5) Law enforcement to protect us from criminals
    ETC ETC ETC
    I await Palin's proposals that would do ANYTHING to make our lives more enjoyable and prosperous. Guess what? Except for praying more often to JESUS, she doesn't have any.

    November 10, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. rell87

    Liberalism is a religion. It is based on nothing more then blind faith in politicians and their dogma.

    November 10, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. luckytwo

    Why hasn't Palin and her pack of jerks gone back to Alaska .Palin is a "cancer" that can not be cured. She is ru de ,unprofessional and ever time she opens her dirty mouth nothing but $–T comes out.

    November 10, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. jdbost

    Must have been an earthquake in Iowa! Look at what came crawling out from under her rock!

    November 10, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. Sunflower52

    The GOP must be a losing party. Has anyone else noticed that all their "talking heads" are losers?

    November 10, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. myway

    Why is it suprising Palin continues to deliver statements that make absolutely no sense? I think initially she did it out of pure ignorance back in 2008. The major discovery was there are millions of people out there who believe in nonsense. Since then Palin is being rolled out whenever the tea party or GOP wants to rally that special voter demographic. As to the subject at hand, judging by the church riddled American landscape, Christianity is doing very well and doesn't need Palin's help. In other words, her effort is pure political, if you can call it that, and a waste of everybodies time.

    November 10, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Brian Richards

    For a comparison between true believers and the anti-Christians lead by Sarah Palin, just imagine how those who fear a made-up "war on Christmas" would have fared in the Roman Colosseums.

    We need a law where those who complain about the "war on Christmas" get thrown to wild animals while the rest of us cheer.

    In our home, we celebrate Christmas, and we don't whine about how tough it is being a Christian. Only the anti-Christians believe in their phony war.

    November 10, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. lewtwo

    Palin is "blasting" out her backside again.

    November 10, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. omeany

    Well Sarah, i'm tired of the Government of Church where religious fundamentalist through their extreme right elected officials force their views such as banning abortion and cutting programs designed to help the poor on those of us who do not believe like you.

    By the way...If you truly believe you are being persecuted for your faith I would recommend you read A Pilgrims Progress because THOSE people were persecuted. What you are experiencing is the point of view of people who do NOT believe as you do. There is a HUGE difference.

    November 10, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Tampa Tim

    Sarah is really bitter. Glen R must have hurt her bad.

    November 10, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. enzo

    truth is, are you talking about the fraud OBAMA?

    November 10, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Tim

    She's Mrs. Carmody from the Stephen King movie The Mist.

    November 10, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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