“Yes, my Christian beliefs were there when I was in my late teens and early twenties but they weren't strengthened until I had to rely on that faith. As I grow older, I can't imagine life without the love of God in my heart.”
“A personal relationship with God has taught me that he truly is a loving God full of grace and forgivness. Through every trial and all of the pain I have experienced I have always felt his love. Should you choose at some point to explore a similar relationship I can assure you, you will find it sustaining. I pray that you explore that faith and find the same thing I did. Should you not follow that path I hope you won't be offended if I pray for you anyway. It's all a choice and your free will isn't something that should ever be taken away.”
“I was raised in a household that worshiped sleeping in on Sundays and eating a large breakfast upon waking. My mother then read the Sunday paper until early afternoon and my father usually went to work. My parents loved each other and gave me great example of what a marriage should be. What they didn't provide was depth of spirit and possible answers to bigger questions we all have. I thank God (as I do often for many things) that my aunt and uncle picked me up for church for several years. I have a great faith in Christ, but I had to find that faith on my own. It would have been so much easier to have parents that introduced that into my life. My mother passed at the age of 54 and on her death bed she accepted Christ, my father became a Christian right after my mother passed. I thank God for those events also.”
Alki Gifting on Dec 12, 2011 at 22:31:29
Thank God your parents accepted Him however late it was”
“And movie stars who preach redistrubution. Do you think they'll be speaking out when the future Socialist States of America takes their money and redistributes it? I think not, I'm betting there would be an outcry of unfairness in Hollywood”
“The USA was founded on freedom to pursue opportunities or freedom to fail. A dreamer can have great ideas, but lack motivation and spend his life dreaming. In the past we've been free to persue our goals. It's getting harder to do that with so much government regulation and loss of freedoms. If you doubt that, try to live your life for one day and not have a government regulation or control touch your life. You can't do it. We are no longer free, we're programed and we've become a submissive society. Your ideal has a name, it's called Socialism. It's been tried and tried, it fails. If you truly believe this is the correct form of society, then live in a socialist country. Don't try to take the only real free country further down the trail to the brink of destruction.”
dcnashinsc on Oct 27, 2011 at 01:15:40
“It is not socialism. Democracy doesn't mean the government doesn't help the people You are confused. Our forefathers started the library system, fire depatments and public schools. Some of the misguided call that socialism. If you believe in a nation where the people own their own businesses and their own property which is where power comes from, then you have to believe in a tax system where people starting small businesses get the same help from the Governemnet that corporations get through subsidies. That comes in the forms of loans and tax write-offs for phone, rent and bills and utilitiy costs etc (BTW corps get the same write-offs). Every corp started off a s a small business that got the breaks it needed from the government in order to aid in its success. We no longer live in a world where you can get a piece of land to farm. The way to to it today is to have a job and buy a house or pay rent. As I said before. We have to work together. The rich made their money off of the sweat of the American worker. They don't sacrifice themselves in war. That is fine. If I was rich my sons would not get anywhere near a war. Their contribution is money. That is fair that is equal. If this is your country and you believe in it you make your contribution to it. Asking the rich to contribute is not socialism.”
“I too am a stepmother. My husband was never the "dad" type of guy. He didn't have a great relationship with my kids and didn't know how to relate to his daughter, or put much effort into it. I pushed him throughout the years to keep the relationship with his daughter going. As he became ill with less than a year to live, I called my stepdaughter who was by this point, grown and in graduate school. The call was without my husband's knowledge, urging her to come visit soon. At the end of this visit she told me she didn't see the urgency, that her father was doing better than I indicated. He passed away 5 months later. I called my husband's ex and asked if she would attend the memorial to help her daughter through this difficult time, had the mother picked up at the airport in a limo, arranged a condo for her to stay at with my stepdaughter so they would have some time alone together. My thanks for the years of support, encouragement and kindness was a verbal attack at the memorial service of my husband. Oddly enough, the ex tried to defend me to her daughter. I don't think I'll make that kind of investment again.”
Heidi Dietrich on Oct 24, 2011 at 19:05:57
“You sound like a wonderful woman and I'm sorry that happened to you. I can say that maybe later in life, your stepdaughter will appreciate you. I have uncles and aunts that stepped in when my father left us and I never really thought about it till one day I was shopping for toys for tots. I was in front of the Barbie Section and got to thinking of how my uncle bought me Barbie stuff when I was growing up. I never thanked him so when I got home, I sent him a note telling him what happened at the store and how Garrison Keillor once said that "Nothing that we do for our children is ever wasted." Sometimes, us kids take a while to remember but when we do, we are grateful. I'm sure she'll be grateful some day. Give it time and keep your chin up, okay?”
“Yet Obama had to end his ties to his "preacher", distance himself from Van Jones and other radical buddies or we might see who he really is.
He promised not to raise taxes in order to increase our nations debt limit and now, just a few months later he's calling for tax increases. Do you really think deception and lies are limited to any one party or agenda?
We need all career politicians out of office. When will we find someone who stands on principal and looks out for the good of the country and not their political future? Quit bashing the GOP...greed, self concern and power...the lust for these things sits on both side of the isle.”
snesich on Sep 29, 2011 at 16:27:29
“Actually, "these things" DON'T sit equally "on both side (sic) of the isle (sic)"
Greed, self concern and power---for the wealthy, connected and influential---exist among 100% of the people on the Republican side of the aisle. And they exist among roughly 10% to 20% on the Democratic side of the aisle. And those minority Democrats are the ones who allowed Republicans to successfully oppose almost everything Obama wanted to do from Day One.
Learn the facts---and some sixth grade composition and spelling---before you spew off in the future.”
“How do job benefits equal European Socialism??? It's the free will of the employer to offer benefits not the government imposing a "share the wealth" policy. Benefits reflect free enterprise working at it's best.”
Xavier Velasquez on Aug 10, 2011 at 16:00:03
“Just going to leave this here:
"I want you to know that the United States is the only country in the advanced world that doesn't require paid maternity leave. Now I happen to work for a nice employer that gives me paid maternity leave. But the United States is the only advanced country that doesn't require paid leave. If anything, the United States is in the dark ages when it comes to maternity leave. And what is it about getting pregnant and carrying a baby for nine months, that you don't think deserves a few months off so bonding and recovery can take place?"”
“Why is this a "lefty" position? Job benefits don't reflect a socialist policy. When a company offers benefits the policy and benefit is weighted to also benefit the bottom line of the company. This is done in a enviornment of free enterprise to attract and retain a happier, higher quality of worker. I certainly don't see where she advocated a socialist system.”
The Notorious PDF on Aug 10, 2011 at 16:45:29
“It is a lefty position by nature. It is the inverse of cutting benefits, paying people less, and working them long hours to increase the CEO's bonus and the company's profits, which is a righty position. That is what the right advocates for, and what their position results in. It's the reason why they oppose unions, because unions disrupt what I just described, and give more power and benefits to workers.”
Kirtai on Aug 10, 2011 at 14:01:36
“Government mandated job benefits ARE a left position. Refer to any "Obamacare" posts. She's not saying the companies should have medical leave, she's saying the law should require them to offer it. Big difference.”
Techboy308 on Aug 10, 2011 at 13:58:20
“Did you read this part?
"But the United States is the only advanced country that doesn't require paid leave. If anything, the United States is in the dark ages when it comes to maternity leave."”
SaveTheMarshMouse on Aug 10, 2011 at 13:42:55
“free enterprise?? her benefits do not come from "the company"...they are negotiated by her union - she is in AFTRA.......if they appear on tv or are on the radio...they belong to AFTRA...ALL of them...yes ALL of them...”
LogicalMathMan on Aug 10, 2011 at 13:32:55
“Lefty and Socialism are quite different. Read up on it. Also, Clinton passed the Marriage Leave Act.”
“Where do you get the public assistance portion of this debate? She was speaking of a job benefit. Those on public assistance aren't working. Why would they need maternity leave? Job benefits are offered by companies to attract and retain quality workers. Any benefits offered are not a form of charity. Bottom line...companies don't offer a worker benefit unless they also reap a benefit. Namely, better workers, happier workers and continuity in staff.”
gvyon on Aug 10, 2011 at 14:06:41
“Actually, she was talking about government mandates - "the only advanced country that doesn't require paid leave". Your effort seems to be to pave this over by posting spin. Benefits are not mandates.”
aceshigh11 on Aug 10, 2011 at 13:53:40
“The working poor don't receive any government assistance? You are incredibly uninformed...but then, you're a conservative. Not surprising.
She's thundering against the fact that the U.S. is the only country that doesn't require paid maternity leave.
That's something that every conservative worth his/her salt is 100% opposed to, but since she's now a mother, all of a sudden she's found some small measure of compassion.
Same thing with Dick Cheney and his gay daughter. Right-wingers are incapable of empathy unless it affects them directly.”