2016…Yes We Can!

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Bob 2009Bob Vander Plaats is President and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER. His leadership and voice for the family is frequently noted and his comments are widely requested by a vast array of national and international media outlets. The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and many other have referenced Bob as “Kingmaker,” while Bob prefers that The FAMiLY LEADER’s role be one of “Standard Bearer.”Bob is author of two books, Light from Lucas, a true story of how God uses the weakest among us to have the greatest impact, and If 7:14 : An Urgent Call for Revival…It’s Time.The FAMiLY LEADER has earned the 2010 “Family Champion” award presented by CitizenLink, an affiliation of Focus on the Family.

It’s official; the 2014 midterm election was a wave. Americans are waving good-bye to Obama’s and the left’s failed policies.

And, in turn, they are waiving a hopeful hello back to common sense, decency and freedom. At the heart of the extreme liberal agenda is to remove God and His standards from all aspects of our lives. This extremism was on display at the 2012 Democrat National Convention in Charlotte, NC when the party’s extremist intentionally removed God from the party platform and then proceeded to “boo” Him back in under political scrutiny.

After the left’s victories in 2012, they continued implementing their socialist healthcare scheme. They executed their anti-family policies by executive and judicial fiat, racking up incomprehensible debt with no regard for the next generation. They trampled on religious liberty by forcing unnatural sexuality on our states, on our businesses, on our children, on our restrooms and on or pulpits. They hyped up their claims of a “war on women” in order to continue the funding of their baby-killing mill Planned Parenthood.

Thank God the good citizens of our great land recognized this intentional attempt to crumble the pillars that made this country great. They flat out rejected the extremism of the left that shows no regard for the “laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” Our founders, like John Adams, are quoted as saying, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” This election proves America still believes and embraces this fundamental parameter to freedom.

Thus, the American people waved good-bye to a failed approach and are waving hello to a better one.

Now, it’s time to lead. The time is now to repudiate the left’s agenda, their policies and activist courts. As America said, “yes,” to different candidates, now the new officeholders should say, “yes,” to America through their leadership.

Yes, repeal Obamacare and truly reform healthcare based on private market principles and best medical practices.

Yes, reign in government, balance the budget, simplify the tax code, and encourage entrepreneurs who create jobs.

Yes, embrace a culture of life that truly values society, respects women and cherishes children by championing each ordained day from conception to natural death.

Yes, uproot Common Core and the Department of Education and return the decisions to nurture, train and raise a child back to parents, church and community.

Yes, secure our borders and implement a comprehensive and compassionate 21st century immigration policy that brings out the best in our country of immigrants.

Yes, secure our alliance with the nation of Israel and send a clear and uncompromising message of freedom to radical Islam and others who seek to destroy Israel and to expunge liberty’s entire DNA.

Yes, reestablish policy that honors the timeless foundation of natural marriage so children can be taught virtue as they are nurtured by the unique characteristics of a mom and a dad.

Yes, embrace and never let go of freedom’s cornerstone, religious liberty, which gives life to all of our other rights.

In saying, “yes,” we can dream of a revived America that honors God and blesses people.

This country voted for leadership…leadership that says, “Yes we can!”

And, as a footnote, by leading with “yes” to the return to the pillars of our founding, the stage will be set to complete the “Yes we can” by ushering in a transformative president who knits the timeless threads of the Constitution back to its original intent.

While the elected class of 2014 leads, Iowa and the entire country will be in search of this bold leader who will deliver the hope and change we’ve been longing for…let the competing visions for 2016 begin.