Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Rick Santorumís daughter Bella in the hospital again
Hotair ^ | 04/06/2012 | Tina Korbe

Posted on 04/06/2012 7:56:21 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Some news just snaps all other news into perspective. The Santorum campaign sent out a statement today requesting prayers and privacy for their family, as their youngest daughter, Bella, is in the hospital.

Hogan Gidley, National Communications Director, said: “Rick and his wife Karen have taken their daughter Bella to the hospital. The family requests prayers and privacy as Bella works her way to recovery.”

Rick Santorum had already announced a brief hiatus in campaigning. This is the second time this year that Bella, who suffers from a chromosomal condition called Trisomy 18, has had to be hospitalized. In January, she had pneumonia in both of her lungs and spent several days in the ICU.

Bella’s struggle makes me want to just press “Pause.” On a daily basis, we work and play, eat and sleep. It’s usually not until someone is sick that we ponder the precariousness of our lives. It’s worth considering on a regular basis, though. The knowledge that life is short for everyone and thereby especially precious is no excuse to not run for president, build a house, write a book, buy a car, start a company. It should, rather, be an added incentive to embrace life in all its fullness and pursue whatever goals we have with boldness.

But it should also remind us that, if we want to gracefully withstand the daily pressures of life, we have to root ourselves in something transcendent. All political problems and all political solutions are temporal. As T.S. Eliot put, “There is no such thing as a lost cause because there is no such thing as a gained cause. We fight because we know that our defeat and dismay may be the preface to our successors’ victory.”

Rick Santorum’s campaign has illustrated such rootedness. He’s not been discouraged by temporary setbacks because he knows life is about so much more than politics. No doubt Bella reminds him of that daily. Today, she serves as that reminder for me, too.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Santorums this Good Friday. May the weekend bring hopeful developments for little Bella.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: santorum
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051 next last

1 posted on 04/06/2012 7:56:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Saddened to hear of this.

Even if he is a jerk.


2 posted on 04/06/2012 8:00:24 PM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
I Googled Trisomy 18, and I really feel bad for the kid. Hideous disorder. I gotta hand it to Rick for dealing with this and still keep plugging away out there.

"As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

--H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920


3 posted on 04/06/2012 8:01:04 PM PDT by Viking2002 ( "Give me a diablo sandwich, a Dr. Pepper, and make it quick, I'm in a gaddamn hurry.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Prayers for sweet little Bella.


4 posted on 04/06/2012 8:03:26 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Santorum needs to bow out of the campaign and tend to his family. While he's at it he should endorse Mitt and unite the party.

Ok Flame away.

5 posted on 04/06/2012 8:06:33 PM PDT by YankeeReb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sauropod

Santorum slamming “jerks” can’t back off Rick even with a sick child. If you don’t believe it God, how about Karma?


6 posted on 04/06/2012 8:08:01 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Prayers for Bella. God bless and keep her.


7 posted on 04/06/2012 8:09:56 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Linda Frances

Santorum is an a$$hole.

That being said, my heart goes out to him and his family for his sick daughter.

Clear enough?


8 posted on 04/06/2012 8:10:07 PM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: sauropod

Must be nice to live a perfect life. Is your name Jesus? How about your candidate? Perfect?


9 posted on 04/06/2012 8:17:34 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Viking2002

You’ve got that right. One of the most appealing things about Rick is that he’s a great father and family guy. Once upon a time when this country was sane, that counted for something.


10 posted on 04/06/2012 8:20:39 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Linda Frances

My candidate isn’t that much of a hypocrite.


11 posted on 04/06/2012 8:24:12 PM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Vigilanteman

here here!!! well said


12 posted on 04/06/2012 8:26:19 PM PDT by St.Mark
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Vigilanteman

here here!!! well said


13 posted on 04/06/2012 8:26:31 PM PDT by St.Mark
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Vigilanteman

here here!!! well said


14 posted on 04/06/2012 8:26:43 PM PDT by St.Mark
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: berdie

later


15 posted on 04/06/2012 8:28:20 PM PDT by berdie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: sauropod

Newt? Romney? Obama?


16 posted on 04/06/2012 8:30:38 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: sauropod
Saddened to hear of this. Even if he is a jerk.

Nice of you to say so, even if you are an idiot.

17 posted on 04/06/2012 8:55:20 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: YankeeReb
Santorum needs to bow out of the campaign and tend to his family. While he's at it he should endorse Mitt and unite the party.

Sort of the way the Germans united at the Battle of the Bulge.

18 posted on 04/06/2012 8:57:52 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Sympathies and prayers to the Santorum family.


19 posted on 04/06/2012 8:59:03 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ElkGroveDan

I’ve never understood why a guy like this would run for president at a time like this. His kids are YOUNG, he’s got a daughter who needs parental time and attention. There is a time and a season for everything ...ten years from now, maybe.

I don’t get it.


20 posted on 04/06/2012 9:05:05 PM PDT by LibsRJerks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: ElkGroveDan

KMA.


21 posted on 04/06/2012 9:06:01 PM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: YankeeReb

This is a good opportunity for Santorum to bow out and not look like he was run out by the GOP or Romney.. BEFORE the PA primary!


22 posted on 04/06/2012 9:15:19 PM PDT by RightLady (Liberty above all)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: LibsRJerks
I’ve never understood why a guy like this would run for president at a time like this. His kids are YOUNG, he’s got a daughter who needs parental time and attention. There is a time and a season for everything ...ten years from now, maybe.

I chose not to run for office but I work in politics. I've taken jobs that I knew would be difficult on me and my family, but I'm not in this for MYSELF. I've made personal sacrifices because I have always believed I was working for a greater cause. Because I indirectly "know" Rick, I know the same spirit is motivating him. I'd say less than 10% of Republican elected officials and/or staffers are motivated that way these days (as opposed to the Reagan years when easily half of candidates and staffers were driven by Reagan's cause of smaller government.) I thank God that 'one of us' is now in a position to run for the presidency, and I pray every day that he wins.

23 posted on 04/06/2012 9:16:30 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: RightLady
This is a good opportunity for Santorum to bow out and not look like he was run out by the GOP or Romney..

Why? What's the hurry?

24 posted on 04/06/2012 9:17:32 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: LibsRJerks
Ricky Boy's part-time parenting reminds me of the officer in Courageous who had to go back and “finish the dance”. The man has put personal ambition that which he professes to be his number one priority. If anyone is going to get slammed by karma it will be this semi-saint.
25 posted on 04/06/2012 9:17:40 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Prayers up for Bella, and for the Santorum family. This has got to be a rough time.


26 posted on 04/06/2012 9:21:59 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sauropod

Why is Santorum an a$$hole? YOU have no clue, Pal. Try running even a local campaign, and realize how amazing that Rick’s run on a shoestring budget has been. The man is a dynamo. He loves God, country and family, and it’s shameful how people here attack him as a man. The only pity is that Rick will almost certainly not be the nominee. I can’t wait to vote for him, no matter. Bob


27 posted on 04/06/2012 10:31:14 PM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: sauropod

Saddened to hear of this.
Even if he is a jerk.
Santorum is a great man. You are foolish to think he’s a “jerk”. America needs tens of millions of more “jerks” like Rick if we are to survive.


28 posted on 04/06/2012 10:34:58 PM PDT by alstewartfan ( 27 of 36 Romney judicial appointments were DEMOCRATS!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: YankeeReb

“Santorum needs to bow out of the campaign and tend to his family. While he’s at it he should endorse Mitt and unite the party.”

I agree with you. I believe he is so power driven he can’tee the forest for the trees.
Stay home Rick and do the right thing.
Your 15 minutes of fame is turning into an embarassment.


29 posted on 04/06/2012 10:40:18 PM PDT by DaltonNC
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: YankeeReb

Prayers for Bella.
Sweet little baby.


30 posted on 04/06/2012 10:44:55 PM PDT by DaltonNC
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: YankeeReb

I think it is up to Romney to united the party by getting a majority of the delegates.


31 posted on 04/06/2012 11:11:22 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Cicero

“Prayers for Bella. God bless and keep her.”

Yes.


32 posted on 04/06/2012 11:16:49 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to support Willard. He is what he is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: DaltonNC

If he’s power driven, what about Romney, who’s been running for president since 2006? Fact is, they should give the Kati Couric award to whoever that Iowa precinct chairman who skewed the initial count, and allowed Romney to claim victory in the state. Imagine how the momentum would have changed if Santorum had been seen as the winner. Romney has come a long way on a few dimes, where Romney has had to hustle even though he has had millions to spend.


33 posted on 04/06/2012 11:16:49 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: DaltonNC

If he’s power driven, what about Romney, who’s been running for president since 2006? Fact is, they should give the Kati Couric award to whoever that Iowa precinct chairman who skewed the initial count, and allowed Romney to claim victory in the state. Imagine how the momentum would have changed if Santorum had been seen as the winner. Santorum has come a long way on a few dimes, where Romney has had to hustle even though he has had millions to spend.


34 posted on 04/06/2012 11:17:34 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: YankeeReb

“Santorum needs to bow out of the campaign and tend to his family. While he’s at it he should endorse Mitt and unite the party.”

I believe Santorum is pro-life. There is no reason for him to endorse Bishop Willard.


35 posted on 04/06/2012 11:18:23 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to support Willard. He is what he is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: YankeeReb

We are in the Primary process, and I can understand peoples frustration that Romney is the front runner and WILL be the nominee, but there is going to have to be a time when we all have to not just look at who is sitting behind the desk, but look more intently on who Obama surrounds himself with, the ones at the helm of the ship whose destination is to radically change America. Bill Ayers, George Soros, Cass Sunstein, Van Jones, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and all the rest. Do we really prefer Obama’s radicals, to a cabinet yet to even be picked by the Romney ticket?

Some may say, “what does it matter, Romney can’t win”. I say, by God it does matter. America’s survival may count on closing the door on Obama’s radicals in November. If it’s impossible then we MUST do the impossible. American history is full of impossible obstacles. I’m going to be a part of this one.


36 posted on 04/06/2012 11:44:18 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Linda Frances

Must be a paulbot...


37 posted on 04/06/2012 11:45:00 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: LibsRJerks
"I’ve never understood why a guy like this would run for president at a time like this. His kids are YOUNG, he’s got a daughter who needs parental time and attention. There is a time and a season for everything ...ten years from now, maybe. I don’t get it."

First of all prayers out to Bella. I just can't imagine.
 
Second. I see no evidence Rick is running for simple power. I see a man who sees this as his calling and is worried that 10 years from now this path we're heading down as a party let alone as a country may not be reversible without a revolution and widespread pain. 

In fact i have more respect for the man because he is taking the time and making the personal sacrifice that most of us would never do. 

Is he perfect? No and he would be the first to tell you that but he's the best option we have as conservatives right now. 

Romney will be less of a disaster than BO but not much better than Bush.  

38 posted on 04/06/2012 11:47:01 PM PDT by Palin_Rubio2012
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: NavyCanDo

“If it’s impossible then we MUST do the impossible.”

Peddling Bishop Willard to anyone with pro-life principles certainly falls into that category. Nice way to jack the thread, by the way.


39 posted on 04/07/2012 12:09:32 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to support Willard. He is what he is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: LibsRJerks

“I’ve never understood why a guy like this would run for president at a time like this. His kids are YOUNG, he’s got a daughter who needs parental time and attention. There is a time and a season for everything ...ten years from now, maybe.

I don’t get it.”

~ ~ ~

Our nation and the world, the terrible loss of faith, maybe God wants this “man” for right now. Standing up for everything good and moral, wee see by his life.

I remember in the debates, Santorum never hid his beliefs, faith related or secular. He didn’t sound like a politician, you can hear it. he speaks the truth. He can stand against BHO.


40 posted on 04/07/2012 3:54:57 AM PDT by stpio
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: LibsRJerks

I agree.


41 posted on 04/07/2012 4:09:14 AM PDT by FR_addict
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: alstewartfan

I believe him to be dishonest. He represents himself as something he is not.


42 posted on 04/07/2012 4:58:27 AM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: YankeeReb

I agree 100%. This gives Rick a perfect excuse to get out gracefully and do the right thing.


43 posted on 04/07/2012 5:31:46 AM PDT by TShaunK
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Prayers for beautiful Bella, and for the Santorum family.


44 posted on 04/07/2012 5:52:49 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (Romney is NOT a natural born conservative....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: LibsRJerks

He has a twenty year old daughter. Except for the youngest 2 his kids aren’t that young. Besides, men with young children go to work— hard, dangerous work everyday. I don’t care for Santorum. He blew it in his own state and never should’ve run but being potent and having offspring is no reason not to run for president.


45 posted on 04/07/2012 7:22:22 AM PDT by stellaluna
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: stellaluna

I have kids, 24 and 20. Believe me, at 20 and 24, they need you every bit as much. This is the time his boys are forming their values and beliefs. I’m assuming the kids are thinking about college, and other pursuits.

I know the wife is no doubt a dynamo and takes care of things, but still, Rick is young and has a LONG time ahead of him to run again at a better time. This youngest one — these might be the only years they have with her.


46 posted on 04/07/2012 8:07:41 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: Vigilanteman
One of the most appealing things about Rick is that he’s a great father and family guy. Once upon a time when this country was sane, that counted for something.

Well said!

47 posted on 04/07/2012 9:40:07 AM PDT by Marathoner (2 goals this year: (1) S##tcan Obamacare; (2) S##tcan Obama)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: NavyCanDo
Some may say, “what does it matter, Romney can’t win”. I say, by God it does matter. America’s survival may count on closing the door on Obama’s radicals in November. If it’s impossible then we MUST do the impossible. American history is full of impossible obstacles. I’m going to be a part of this one.

Well stated. Sometimes it is the lesser of the 2 evils. As big a "moderate" as Mitt is, does anyone believe he'd surround himself with Van Jones, Cass Sunstein, Geroge Soros, Kevin Jennings (NAMBLA supporter) or Bill Ayers? I hate to say it but unfortunately Mitt isn't a RINO, he IS a true republican. We've been spoiled by great men , first Goldwater than Reagan. They were the anomaly and there aren't any like them in the immediate future. So, for the present, stop waiting for them to ride in at 11:59 and save us. Ain't happening.

Right now we are facing a clear and present danger. If Baraq gets another 4 years I'm convinced the country is done. The most conservative congress won't help because

A) We won't get a conservative congress.
B) Mugabe will just issue fatwas (executive orders) around it.

Look what he did with the moratorium on drilling. Court struck it down ......still no new permits. All this when he still had to face the voters. His conversation with Medvidev (sp?) gave us a glimpse into his second term. Do we really want to scold the GOP that bad? Do we really want another Sotomayor or Kagan on the bench. Maybe this time it will be Van Jones or Holder.

Much as I don't trust Mitt, we have a shot with him. The alternative offers no hope.

48 posted on 04/07/2012 9:47:37 AM PDT by YankeeReb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: YankeeReb
For the record, Willard did not become a Republican until ‘93. Before that he called himself an Independent.
49 posted on 04/07/2012 5:47:38 PM PDT by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: sauropod

“I believe him to be dishonest. He represents himself as something he is not.”

Please explain.


50 posted on 04/08/2012 1:31:26 AM PDT by stpio
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson