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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
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1 posted on 04/06/2012 7:56:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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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)
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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.")
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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.)
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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
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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.)
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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)
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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)
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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.)
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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?)
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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)
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To: Vigilanteman

here here!!! well said


12 posted on 04/06/2012 8:26:19 PM PDT by St.Mark
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To: Vigilanteman

here here!!! well said


13 posted on 04/06/2012 8:26:31 PM PDT by St.Mark
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To: Vigilanteman

here here!!! well said


14 posted on 04/06/2012 8:26:43 PM PDT by St.Mark
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To: berdie

later


15 posted on 04/06/2012 8:28:20 PM PDT by berdie
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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.)
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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.)
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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.)
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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.)
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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
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