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Vander Plaats 'Capturing Momentum'

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bob Vander Plaats shares a laugh Wednesday with Rosie Osterberg before speaking to a handful of individuals at Pizza Ranch in Spencer. He and the Family Leader's director of development, Matt Reisetter, are visiting Iowa's 99 counties during the entity's "Capturing Momentum Tour."
(Photo by Randy M. Cauthron)
"For those of us who call ourselves constitutionalists or conservatives or pro-family voters, what we saw at the polls in November was a little bit encouraging," Matt Reisetter said Wednesday afternoon. " ... Rather than sit back and rest on any laurels that we might have ... it's our goal to kind of keep the foot on the gas and the pedal to the floor."

Reisetter is director of development at the Family Leader, an organization of which three-time Iowa gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats is the president and CEO. The two are visiting Iowa's 99 counties during the entity's "Capturing Momentum Tour" and stopped at Pizza Ranch in Spencer.

Prior to the Family Leader's creation, Vander Plaats established Iowa For Freedom and led the Nov. 2 ouster of three Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional in April of 2009.

Vander Plaats said the retention vote "held judicial activism in check" and has been called "the most important election" by conservatives across the country.

When Vander Plaats is asked how same-sex marriage affects his marriage, he responds with a question of his own.

"What does it do to the next generation?" he asked. "As people of faith, we are called to have a multi-generational view, a multi-generational vision."

"We believe strong marriages lead to strong families, which lead to strong societies and communities and even school districts," he added later.

With the goal of strong marriages in mind, the Family Leader encompasses the Iowa Family Policy Center, Iowa Family Political Action Committee and Marriage Matters.

Vander Plaats hopes for the Defense of Marriage Act to be reinstated. While the Iowa House passed the bill, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, is blocking debate on the measure.

He would also like to see a change in how Supreme Court justices are appointed.

"(With) executive leadership, you need to do due diligence before you hire," he said. " ... You have 60 applicants for those (three) vacancies. ... You interview all 60. Within six hours of the last interview, they recommended nine nominees to the Supreme Court. They didn't even sleep on it."

Instead, Vander Plaats would like to see Supreme Court justices appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature.

He also wants to see a "pro-family" presidential candidate next November. The Family Leader has sponsored former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty events in Sioux Center, Iowa City and Pella, and will be bringing other presidential hopefuls to the state in the coming months.

In the meantime, he and his organizations will be hosting a marriage rally at the state Capitol on March 15.

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Bob, please move to Topeka, join Westboro baptist church and leave Iowa alone. I think we can get along fine without your bigotry and intolerance.

-- Posted by DaveMunson on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 7:04 AM

Thank you iowaskeptic. Christianity is not about hatred and yet it is what Bob preaches. What's he going to do about divorce? How is that helping the family unit as a whole. Or unwed mothers?

-- Posted by joev on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 8:17 AM

Just another nutjob worrying about how other people have sex!

-- Posted by Cookster on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 8:21 AM

Thank You Mr. Vander Plaats. We spend WAY too much time worried about the "troubles" of this sliver of the population. For God's sake, go ahead and be gay, just leave the rest of us out of it. Better yet, move to San Fransisco and start a colony and have yourselves a ball.

-- Posted by Dick Butkus on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 8:40 PM

Mr Butkus I agree that you spend way too much time worrying about homosexuals. Wouldn't it be much easier for you to just let them live their lives?

-- Posted by DaveMunson on Fri, Mar 4, 2011, at 6:44 AM

I am skeptical of both Bob Vander Plaats and the homosexuals. Bob didn't lead much of anything. Long before Nov. 2010, he read the polls that told him voting Iowans were ready to throw out the court bums. He just marshaled some ad money and went out and repeated what the large majority of Iowans were already planning to do.

But I am even more skeptical of those who are skeptical of God and His creation ordinances. They are anything but passive, they want anything but to be left alone, and they have way too much 'blogging' time on their hands. This leads me to believe most of them either have an ill-legitimate government job or have plenty of free time fighting the ailments connected to their violations of God's sexual moral code, and most often are "fighting it" with medical care funded via Christian taxpayers.

Most of these "skeptics" were introduced into such Christ-hating nihilism and illogical skepticism as youth in the government schools, which is yet another reason we need to get rid of the failed Prussian experiment of public stools.....errr schools.

-- Posted by PDorr on Fri, Mar 4, 2011, at 10:53 AM

PDorr all I can say is WOW - where did all that hatred come from?

btw I don't hate your christ any more than I hate santa claus (and for the same reason).

-- Posted by DaveMunson on Fri, Mar 4, 2011, at 7:01 PM

What hate?

-- Posted by PDorr on Sat, Mar 5, 2011, at 9:38 AM

P, pretty much everything starting from "...ill-legitimate government job..." through the end of your rant is filled with hate. Perhaps it is not hatred, but instead sheer ignorance - only you know for sure (and personally I don't care which it is). It never ceases to amaze me though when people blog about how others have nothing to do but blog (but of course the irony is probably lost on them). Not to mention you have no idea what the word skeptical means.

-- Posted by DaveMunson on Sun, Mar 6, 2011, at 2:58 PM

First you write "WOW - where did all that hatred come from", a pretty emphatic statement that the thoughts represented in my post were "hate". Now you write "Perhaps it is not hatred, but instead sheer ignorance" and that only I know for sure.

Are you saying my writing is confusing to you? Ignorance and hate are two different things and now you can't tell the difference in written ideas. Let us know when you reach your conclusion. BTW, is 'hate' always bad? If so, what's your source for defining 'hate' or for that matter, 'bad'?

I see by declaring some government employment as "ill-legitimate" that this is "hate" in your mind. So I must have offended you. Might we then conclude you do have such an illegitimate job? If so is it city, county, state or federal?

-- Posted by PDorr on Wed, Mar 9, 2011, at 8:46 AM

P, the only confusion seems to be yours. Hatred and sheer ignorance are not mutually exclusive. Your hatred seems to stem from your ignorance. You express hatred toward "ill-legitimate" gov't employees, but provide no examples of such people. I think you are ignorant about what these employees do and the services they provide to their communities. Could you provide an example of an "ill-legitimate" government job? Who exactly set you up as the arbiter of what makes a job "legitimate"? What has a government worker done to you to make you feel such hatred?

I'm not sure we even need to cover you homophobic tirade in which you assume all people who support equal rights for homosexuals must be suffering from some STD as a punishment from your "loving" god.

-- Posted by DaveMunson on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 6:47 AM

I find it hilariously ironic that the person complaining most about people not looking at "reality" regarding homosexuals is also the one most arduously advocating mythology in creationism and christianity. If you want to be taken seriously in any intellectual conversation, bringing up the blind worship of some imaginary friend in the sky is not the way to do it.

Let's all agree that vander-whats-his-name is pretty much an idiot with absolutely no chance of ever winning any major office in Iowa and most of his opinions are extremely prejudice at worst and laughable at best, and drop this whole "legitimate" crap regarding government jobs. clearly there are entirely too many government agencies and therefore government employees that would be much more productive in the private sector if those government agencies were abolished and the private market was allowed to fill the void of the ones that were actually needed. but to say everyone who works for the government has an "illegitimate" job makes the whole thing not worth discussing any further, as it's clearly only the ranting of a lunatic.

-- Posted by jlees on Thu, Mar 10, 2011, at 2:18 PM

iowaskeptic seems to have nothing better to do than hover on this website waiting for an opportunity to spread his/her own brand of hate and intolerance for the conservative/Christian viewpoint. Check me if I'm wrong, but isn't the definition of bigot "one who's intolerant of others based on race, religion, or political view"? (American Heritage Dictionary) Skeptic, your rants have become boorish. Perhaps it is you who should move to . . . well. . . Topeka.

-- Posted by faithfulone on Fri, Mar 11, 2011, at 4:13 PM

First you posit hate and ignorance as exclusives, without qualifications or definitions - it is "hatred", then "perhaps it is not hatred, but...ignorance." Then you write they are not mutually exclusive. It's hard to debate with someone who gets to define terms on the fly. Then you won't define 'hate' or 'bad'.

People with ill-legitimate government jobs?....I just want to fire them and see them get an honest job producing something, and stop taking. (They'll have less blogging time then, too.) Looks like that includes iowaskeptic.

I'm done casting pearls before swine and am getting late for church.

-- Posted by PDorr on Sun, Mar 13, 2011, at 9:07 AM

OK, one other final note after Pastor reminded us from the pulpit this morning to pray for those who revile us, as it is God they war against. The Spirit of God and the love of Jesus Christ can break the most rebellious heart (I.e. Saul on the road to Damascus), even those mired in the self-delusion that He doesn't exist. I will pray for the work of the Holy Spirit on the heart of iowaskeptic.

Their delusions about the non-existance of God are real (Romans 1:20-23, 28a)and they suffer mightily, as they war against Him. They are often convinced that every man must live with the unrelenting guilt that they live with. Some will even seek their own painful temporary atonement (body piercings, violent self-destructive behavior, etc.) to give them a fleeting sense of relief from their guilt and that their sins are 'paid for'. Yet, only the blood of Christ truly does this and for all eternity.

They can not understand that Christians are redeemed men not perfect ones, yet we are growing in sanctification while seeing greater victories in the war against our old sin nature...that is, the old Adam in us.

Meanwhile, when their very best 'intellectuals' debate this notion of the "non-existance of God," they suffer mightily.

See one part of the fourteen part series of the Great Debate between Dr. Greg Bahnsen and Dr. Gordon Stein, found here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW4LXxTZ0...

After this event another leading atheist scholar in America canceled his debate appearance against Bahnsen, an Orthodox Presbyterian pastor - even though they had both signed a contract.

Christians - iowaskeptic's war is not with us. Pray for his soul.

-- Posted by PDorr on Sun, Mar 13, 2011, at 12:33 PM

This article was about a dishonest and relatively unpopular politician with clearly absurd and sometimes insane ideas, yet it has devolved into a religious tirade and judgment of someone using factual information in defense of their opinion that your opinions and and those who share them are (sometimes hilariously) ignorant, if not outright stupid.

Nowhere was there an actual invitation for religious posturing or sermonizing. Nor is anyone who has not been swindled into believing such nonsense swayed by judgments that sound not unlike the rants of an opiate-addicted lunatic. Trying to ostracize iowaskeptic based on personal bias in favor of quackery and mysticism does little to redeem the intellectual integrity of your opinions.

-- Posted by jlees on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 5:30 PM

I am a Christian and I enjoy the intelligent perspective both jlees and iaskeptic bring to this board. I don't have to agree with them to enjoy discussing issues with them. I appreciate that they're always respectful to me in spite of our differences, unlike a number of self-identified Christians who post here.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 6:28 AM

Amy, the name calling & belittling by these two are hardly respectful, not to mention unappreciated. If you are indifferent to the demeaning labels imposed by those who would prefer to rid the world of religion, that's fine for you. But this "self identified Christian" would like to see these slurs stopped.

-- Posted by faithfulone on Thu, Mar 17, 2011, at 2:21 PM

I will say that when faith and politics mix, the result is overwhelmingly hurtful and negative. No one has license to hate others due to religious beliefs. I understand there are Christians on this board who feel the need to defend Jesus against those who do not believe. The God I worship is big enough to defend himself, and calls upon us to love our neighbors.

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Tue, Mar 22, 2011, at 7:15 PM

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