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. Thomas J Everson

    If you really understand the revolution you see it was about merchants and business making more money as much as it was about freedom. George Washington began his career seeking wealth and a commission in the British army along the way he was transformed into a man that believed in freedom alas he was luke warm on the slavery issue

    November 10, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Louie

    She's making the money and she is getting the attention that she wants. I also believe this person really believes her rhetoric, and that she thinks she will help change the political landscape enough to allow her to run for President once she is certain she has enough gullible people who will vote for her. She can't run any other way.

    November 10, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. labman57

    Moose Juice - a unique and particularly pungent blend of insipid Kool-Aid, bitter tea, ipecac, and vitriol … personally brewed in the cauldron of the Whining Wannabe from Wasilla.

    Sarah Palin once again demonstrates that she is indeed the reigning Master Champion of the Non sequitur and the Patron Saint of Sophistry.

    I have to admit that I am somewhat perplexed by the irrational line of reasoning being used to explain away the endless barrage of banal sound bites, simplistic fact-devoid assessments, and every-present rash of blunders made by Palin every time she steps up to the microphone. The explanation goes as follows:

    "Sarah Palin cannot possibly be as shallow, petty, inarticulate, and ignorant as she appears to be. Therefore, she must actually be quite brilliant, and the rest of us are simply too stupid to realize how brilliant she is."

    Sorry, but that's just a load of disingenuous rhetoric composed of two parts spin-doctoring and one part psycho-babble.

    Stupid is as Sarah does.

    November 10, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Doug

    When they talk about Reagan, they always forget to mention he signed the largest tax increase in history, appeased Saddam Hussein, and negotiated with terrorists.

    November 10, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Ralph_in_FL

    Sarah Palin stays in the public eye by telling bigots what they want to hear.

    November 10, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Larry B.

    This woman is totally irrelevant to today's world and government. If she had her way we'd be back in the 1400's. Palin has no place in politics at all.

    November 10, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. B. Darby

    Palin is less than zero. She's a sideshow act for the cheap seats. She'll be lucky is she can land a gig with Hustler Magazine.

    November 10, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. GIUK

    Good Sarah. Split the Teapublican vote. Run, Sarah, run. Good girl.

    November 10, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. judith

    The nasty little harpy is back! Palin is trying to sell herself and her book about an imaginary war on Christmas that does not exist. I am a liberal progressive Christian who celebrates Christmas and reveres the spirit of it. Yet this little hypocrite supports GOP policies that take food from the mouths of the poor and scapegoats the "have-nots" at every opportunity. It is Palin and the Republicans who undermine Christ's message at every turn.

    November 10, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Mymy

    As an atheist I always feel like I am under attack by Palin. Her leadership would force me to sing to a puppet or idol of a baby Jesus ... she would be a leader that wouldn't recognize the any religion but her Christian religion... Jews, Muslim, Hindu... all swept under a rug. Yes, she certainly talks about protecting everyone's rights but demonstrates she is only concerned about her own.

    November 10, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. krivka

    I will gladly take the church of Big Government over any established religion represented by so called "Holy Books". Although I do not LIKE all things the government does, it does a reasonable job in taking care of the things important to me whereas religion is a way to diminish the actual world and to guarantee a better afterlife. The perfect explanation was the response from Carl Spackler on Caddyshack... "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice." If you believe that, you can believe anything.

    November 10, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Happy

    LOOK at all the hicks, THAT is all that needs to be said of the tea Party. Anyone who till thinks this Woman is anything BUT a distraction...should LOSE their voting rights.

    November 10, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Iowan

    Does she ever quit yappin'? Sheesh!

    November 10, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. drefromla

    Know that if you care or agree with one thing sarah palin has to say– you're parents failed you miserably.

    November 10, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Linda Piera-Avila

    Hasn't she heard of "separation of church and state," a very wise premise upon which this government was founded, so as to avoid the abuses of past centuries of persecution?

    November 10, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Gapeach7355

    A war on Christmas? Are you kidding me? it's a cornerstone of marketing and sales in capitalism... No one is waging a war on Christmas without Koch bros? funding!!!

    November 10, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. treblemaker

    PC, or cultural Marxism, has its roots in atheism. That's where the USA is headed-an atheistic, morally bankrupt society that degrades any person who dares to stand for Judeo-Christian principles. I'm not a Sarah Palin fan by any stretch, but I agree with her this time-even though she can't get enough of the spotlight. The "church of the government" statement really brings it home. The separation of church and state is being changed to become the elimination of church FROM state, replacing it with just the state's view of church. The Marxists are winning the war without firing a single shot (Read Pogo).

    November 10, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Bill

    Ironic this imbecile blasts the 'church of government' yet her and her fellow conservatives would love it if the government was church-run. That is, inflicting her misguided Christian beliefs on the entire population by having a Christian government run this country.

    November 10, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Grampa

    Palin continues to demonstrate why she has no credibility among the rational majority of American voters.

    November 10, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. Tony

    When are people like her going to go to the light, and shut-up.

    November 10, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. merklebobdan

    that's a stupid F'in girl right there, that Sarah Palin.

    November 10, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Darwin

    HL Mencken, the famous Baltimore Sun journalist, once said, "When people say they want more religion, they really mean MORE POLICE."

    November 10, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. corpsman

    Palin blast the "church of government," but would be fine with the government of the church.

    November 10, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. bpaish

    can anyone really imagine living for eternity ? I would probably be insane after the first billion or so years.

    November 10, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Seattle Sue

    I would think Sarah Palin's blaster would be worn out by now. She never has a thought on how to improve American lives, she just keeps blasting. How many blasts can you put into a woman.

    November 10, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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