Posts Tagged ‘life’

Pay For My Baby–Or I Will Kill Him

A recent opinion piece in The Christian Science Monitor by Elizabeth Jahr is entitled “Pro-life Groups Don’t Really Protect the Unborn.” How does Jahr draw such an illogical conclusion?  She cites a study which asserts that financial concerns are the major reason why abortion-minded women choose to kill their babies. Jahr then concludes that pro-lifers […]

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Making Sure We’re On The Winning Side

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court—in its Roe v. Wade decision— overturned the laws of all fifty states prohibiting abortion, and, with its companion decision Doe v. Bolton, created a supposed constitutional right to abortion for practically any reason throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. The next day The New York […]

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Of Guns, Garments, And God’s Gift Of Life

Readers of my column for the last few years might know that I am the chairman of the board of the Imago Dei Pregnancy Center in Warren, Michigan.  I have also volunteered at the Center for fifteen years, and currently teach an abstinence class there based upon John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.   […]

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A Personal Post….Celebrations and Life


 Congratulations Gloria and Adan!

Last week was my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary. Quite an accomplishment in this day and age. It was a beautiful ceremony and fun party afterwards with dancing and mariachi’s. In addition to time spent with the in-laws, we had a nice visit and enjoyed a week of family time and activities, including a day trip to see my sister and nieces in Oregon on the way back home. However, now that we are back I feel glad to be home, but at the same time have come to realize how boring my life is once I am back into routine again.

Upon our first weekend back we also celebrated Father’s Day, as well as my birthday yesterday. I was overwhelmed on Facebook and other social media with all the thoughtful birthday wishes. It’s really nice to know others are thinking of me and appreciate my contribution to the social media world, especially those I have not met in person but share common interests.

I’ve started a walking exercise program to change my morning routine a bit, and so far so good, but it’s only been a couple days. Hopefully I can keep it up consistently and meet my daily goal of 10,000-12,000 steps per day or work up to burning 1,000 calories per day!!  I want to get into better shape and lose at least 20 lbs this year. While I’m not overweight,  I would like to get in better physical shape and maintain a healthier cardiovascular lifestyle. However, I still feel like my life is rather dull. I know I have a loving family and love my boys with all my heart. They are what keeps me going each day,  but at the same time I feel like I still need more in life to fulfill me or give me purpose. I just don’t know what else to do with the next 40 or 50 years of my life.  While I know I have an important role as a stay at home mom, I feel that I need more spiritually, mentally and physically challenging. I don’t know what that is exactly, but this is something I need to explore. At the same time I feel content to stay where I am and just accept things the way they are, but something is pushing me or telling me to do otherwise.

However, I don’t think I want to go back  into teaching in the future, but have considered renewing my teaching license. I’ve considered substitute teaching, but never liked the unexpected and inconsistent schedule. I like being home for my kids when they get home from school, especially since they are still in elementary school and my mom was always there for us when we came home each day. I’m not a very domestic homemaker though….I dislike cooking and cleaning and as I told my husband before we got married, I’m domestic like a cat….I prefer lounging rather than cooking or cleaning, but as bored as I get some days I do my share of housework to keep things clean and neat, but not always spotless.

I know this isn’t the usual blog post from me, but after taking a week off from watching the daily news and following current events, I’ve come to realize I need a break once and awhile to think about other things in life. I don’t know what it is lately, but since we have returned from our family trip,the things that motivated me or interested me before are not as interesting or motivating. I’m still interested in politics, current events and speaking out on social media, but I want to spend less time doing it while still making a difference.  I guess I don’t feel like enough is being done to change the direction of our country, despite efforts by me and thousands of other online activists.  Heck, the way things are going I don’t think the people running this country really care about what half the country thinks.

Anyway, I thought I would share what’s on my mind lately rather than my thoughts on politics and current events. I’m sure I’ll be back to write about the issues of the day more soon and will continue to exchange tweets and news on social media, but maybe not as frequently as I have been the past four years.  I need to focus on me, my health and family while trying to decide where to take my life in the next 40 or more years.  While I look forward to the retirement years and some day celebrating 50 years of marriage, I also fear what the future holds for our country and especially my sons. I hope they have the same opportunities I had and look forward to the day they graduate high school and college and begin their lives and have families of their own. I pray that our love and guidance will prove to be enough and that they grow up to be happy, healthy and productive citizens in society. Thanks for reading this blog post this far, following my blog, tweets or other social networks and for your support. I look forward to hearing from my readers/followers and consider those who are loyal followers friends.

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Life-saving abortions - have you ever heard of one?

The result of a “life-saving” procedure.That’s how Ireland’s proposal to legalise abortion with a its double-speak “Life During Pregnancy Bill” is described by an Associated Press report. SPUC has described the Bill as worse than Britain’s 1967 Abortio…

Obama’s Second Inauguration-Part III:Immorality vs Religious Liberty and Americanism

Here is my third and final post in response to Obama’s Second Inauguration Speech. While many have written about it and shared similar views, here is my perspective of where Obama continues to stand on religious liberty, and defending immorality or opposing those who seek protection for their religious beliefs and morals.

Part III:

In closing, Obama reiterated some of the same rhetoric he began with and campaigned on the past four years and during the Presidential campaign of 2008, invoking accusations of racism, inequality and homophobia and repeating his support for immigration reform/amnesty, same sex marriage and class warfare, he says:

For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.

Immorality vs Morality and Religious Liberty: 

Obama emphasized his support for same sex marriage and homosexuality, while ignoring a long held tradition of protecting religious freedom which believes in marriage between one man and one woman, along with pay equality for women, even though his administration pays women less and his cabinet has less women.  He also acts as if the US doesn’t already have a process of supporting immigrants to the US, which we do,but he refuses to enforce the laws we already have to keep illegal immigration under control and preventing criminals and terrorists from entering our country, as well as the drug cartel, human traffickers and others.

He talks about providing opportunity for those who come here and our students ability to find jobs and prosper, while bypassing Congress allowing illegal immigrants to continue to reside here, putting an even greater strain on our economy, welfare system and education system. Until the illegal immigration problem is fixed, and we have greater border security to keep criminal elements out, any form of amnesty or immigration reform should not be considered, especially while so many Americans are suffering and out of work. 

If we can’t care for our own citizens, how are we going to care for those who come here seeking the “American Dream” as thousands of Americans are struggling, out of work and living on the streets or below poverty and on food-stamps??

Obama continues his speech with:

That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.
For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.

Americanism and Unalienable Rights: 

Obama seems to think our unalienable rights and values of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are something left to interpretation and something vague that can not be defined or agreed upon. However, nothing is further from the truth, our unalienable right to life is a gift we receive from our Creator, as a gift to our parents and our life is a gift to each of us. Life should not be taken nor denied any innocent human being, and the role of the US Government is to protect that right from harm, from death and from any possible tyranny that could deny us our God given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


Like Life, Liberty is not something Government gives us, it is something our Creator gives us, along with liberty, which enables us to have free will. Our decisions we make in life determine what direction we take in life. One thing I agree on, he is right that we will not all follow the same path to happiness. Some choose a life of crime, poverty, immorality, ignorance, greed, slothfulness, etc.
However, it is not up to the Government to ‘collectively’ tell us what direction to take in life, nor is it the role of the Government to provide for us and make those decisions. It is also not the role of the Government to control the means of production and distribution by redistributing wealth and suffocating private industry through taxation, regulation and inflation. We pursue our own happiness, nobody is expected to provide us happiness. 

Happiness must be sought through our own deeds and interests. The Government can not tell us to give something to anyone else, such as our income or tax us more because someone else has chosen a life of crime, poverty or ignorance.

Yet, those who believe like Obama, think it is the role of Government to ‘collectively’ save us from ourselves and take care of us. They seek to grow government ‘social’ programs and entitlements, such as food-stamps and unemployment, creating a welfare system that ends up making more people dependents of the government and slaves to their policies. This then results in a vicious cycle of poverty and leads to a demographic of voters who will continually support these policies and those politicians who continue these policies, such as the Democratic party.


Instead of giving people incentive to work hard, become independently successful and prosperous the bigger government gets the more people tend to lose their incentive. The bad thing about this is the more people become dependent on the government, the more the government has to spend to ‘take care’ of everyone, the more they have to control and regulate or tax those who are prosperous. 

Eventually, as has happened throughout history, socialism has led to failure, and once you run out of other people’s money, everyone ends up equally poor. The final result leads to an economic collapse, and eventually communism and democide or genocide may follow, as the government tries to control the population to make it easier to provide for the few. The more government controls, the more they take away, the less incentive people have to succeed, and the less liberty we have. Finally, the more government controls the greater risk to our own lives they become and the less likely we will find happiness.

Obama then says:

For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect…. 


Here Obama is asking us to join him in making him successful in his pursuit to grow the government, by supporting his policies such as: immigration reform, funding global warming/green energy programs, which are unsustainable, and same sex marriage, while denying the religious liberties of the majority. He also wants us to join him in contributing to the ‘collective’ so that every American, immigrant and individual can be happy and that we can all achieve some form of equality by redistributing the wealth of the successful  allowing illegal immigrants citizenship and job opportunities, despite it hurting American citizens and weakening our economy. 

Ultimately, he ignores the fact that the more government takes and controls, the less incentive people will have and the less productive they become. In the end, those who are successful become less motivated to succeed or they leave for other countries where taxes and regulations aren’t as restrictive on economic growth and prosperity.

 Obama concludes with this statement:

My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service. 
Barack Obama Inaugural Address 2013: full text and video

Here he implies that the oath he took to defend and protect the Constitution is one that we as a group must help him keep. He says he took the oath to God and country and not to his party or an ideology, yet his entire speech reflected more of the same rhetoric and ideological beliefs we have seen from him throughout his first four years, which have led to more people on welfare, food-stamps and unemployment. 

Obama has shown he is not willing to compromise on big issues, such as cutting spending and entitlements. Recently he even denied that we have a spending problem. He seems to think that rather than cutting spending and entitlements, we just need to raise taxes on the ‘rich’ and increase the debt ceiling so he can continue spending and borrowing from countries such as China. 

In the meantime, our debt continues to rise, our economy continues to stagnate, and unemployment grows as more people stop looking for work and stop qualifying for unemployment, even after he extended it…all of which will eventually lead to economic collapse.

In the end, if we continue on this path he and his administration is taking us, our economy and the hopes of Americans, immigrants who come here seeking life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the world will continue to diminish as we become more like Greece or even worse Venezuela or Cuba! Be aware, we are on a dangerous journey the next four years!

Related:
Obama’s Second Inauguration-Part I:Collectivism vs Individualism

Obama’s Second Inauguration-Part II:Foreign Policy and Appeasement

mysignature-1.png©2008-2012 Patricia Garza

Unsung heroes and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life”

by Christina Martin January 4, 2013 (LiveActionNews.org) - Early Saturday morning, my boyfriend and I drove to an abortion clinic in a nearby city. It was his first time coming with me to pray outside a clinic and do sidewalk counseling. The weather called for a blizzard later in the day, so we went all bundled up. I filled…

An unusual party

by Brad Mattes, Executive Director, Life Issues Institute January 4, 2013, (Lifeissues.org) –  Move over birthday parties, there’s a new celebration that takes place while still in the womb! Ultrasound parties are an emerging trend for parents-to-be, bringing together friends and family to catch a sneak peak of the little one. Usually, the event is…

Additional victories in the legal battle against the HHS mandate

by Dave Andrusko January 3, 2013, (National Right to Life News) - The Thomas More Law Center reports that a federal judge has granted its emergency motion filed on behalf of Tom Monaghan for a Temporary Restraining Order of the Health and Human Services mandate. The HHS mandate are regulations adopted by the Department…

Two years later, Virginia governor approves bipartisan health regulation of abortion clinics

by Dave Andrusko RICHMOND, VA, January 3, 2013, (National Right to Life News)—Commonsense abortion clinic regulations in Virginia are now one step closer to taking effect. Last Friday, Governor Bob McDonnell approved the regulations that were enacted in 2011 with bipartisan support in the legislature. After a 60-day…

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