Presidential Hopefuls (?) in Mt. PleasantWritten by Theresa Rose on April 10, 2015
The IWC Chapel Auditorium filled up Thursday night with folks from all over Southeast Iowa. They came to Mt. Pleasant to hear four potential candidates billed as speakers who lead with principle over politics. Bob Vander Plaats, president of the Family Leader brought together former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov Bobby Jindal, former senator Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. The cornerstone of what they are about at the Family Leader is a transformation of a culture by inspiring Christ like leadership in the home, the church and the government. However, religious liberty seem to be the common theme of the evening. And it was apparent that all four are seriously considering a run for the presidency. All four insisted that if Americans lose their religious freedom we will lose all our freedoms. Rick Perry told the crowd protecting religious freedom is at the basic foundation of our country. Perry said he believes that God is a god of second chances and that the American people are looking for a second chance after 6 years. Mike Huckabee said the values we hold dear are under assault and religious freedom is is under assault as never before. Huckabee focused his comments on the three equal branches of the government and believes the idea of judicial supremacy is the greatest threat to government. He encouraged the audience to register to vote and to be educated about what they are voting for. Gov. Jindal said Obama care and the common core can be repealed but he feels Obama is determined to re-define the American dream and that it’s not the dream Jindal recognizes. As for religious liberty Jindal said…the United States didn’t give us religious liberty, religious liberty gave us the United States. And that we need a spiritual revival to get this country back on the right path. Rick Santorum focused his comments more on the break up of the family saying this is the fundamental problem in the United States and that we we need to restore the American family, that it is the economic and social unit of our country. As far as religious liberty, Santorum said it is so much more than the first amendment.