Since Jul 7, 2002
Today, however, I refer to myself as a Christian. I view the Bible as my source of reference, guidance, and comfort for everything. My children attended Bible-based Christian schools since preschool, with my youngest graduated high school in May 2017. In my mid-late 20s, my eyes opened to the fact that in the Catholic Church, I was never taught directly from the Bible. I was never led to memorize any verses or passages which would have been enormously helpful and comforting to me as I grew in my faith. In Catholic school and in Church, the only things we memorized were Catholic prayers and the Baltimore Catechism.
"A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace."
That said, I began to feel as if I didn't know "how to pray." I also didn't understand what others had referred to as their "relationship" with Christ.
I was born in New Jersey where I spent my childhood growing up in the 70s; when no one used seatbelts and kids rode on the dash underneath the rear window. My parents divorced when I was 7 years old, and my weekends were spent visiting my dad. I always loved seeing him and spending time with him. He's always been the parent with whom I could most identify and who I most resemble in personality. My daddy is kind, funny, generous, hard-working, a fan of the Giants and NASCAR. He loves Ford cars, to laugh, grill, eat out, he loves a great pizza, driving long distances, and seeing everyone happy. He's just an average guy from New Jersey who's never politically correct, but almost everyone who knows him just loves him. My dad has always been "John the plumber," who inherited the business from my grandfather. He's never been eccentric, that is, except for the hydraulic lift he installed for his Mustang & T-bird in his garage. All my life I've heard, "Well, that's John" and "That's your father."
If you'd feel so inclined to say a prayer for him, my family and I would be extremely grateful. In the early 2000's he was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma behind one of his eyes. This kills me every day, but for every one he survives and is still here, our Lord deserves all the praise. In December 2016, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, and is currently undergoing chemo. But again, the Lord could have taken him years ago, so I'm so very thankful for the extra years my daddy's been here on earth. In September 2017, my daddy passed away. From the moment I was informed of his death, I have been living my life hour by hour.
During the 1980s, I attended high school and college. I loved my years in high school but college, not so much. Before marrying and having children, I ran a lot, played tennis, and loved being outdoors. After the kiddos had arrived, I learned to use a computer and I became deeply involved in genealogy, politics and American history. And now it's having watched the g0lfer in charge, I think back to when I never thought I'd ever see a more deceptive human being than either one of the Clinton duo in my lifetime. Especially being married to a career Marine aviator, whose grandfather was killed in Pearl Harbor.
There are many issues today that threaten our beloved country. But let's be real here, folks -- nothing should ever be more important than protecting our nation first. ALL Americans should care about this, because without providing for the strongest possible national security, our nation and our freedoms are vulnerable to those who want to do us harm. In this light, my hot button issues include ensuring the protection and advancement of our U.S. military; protecting the safety and security of Americans; stopping illegal immigration and repealing "anchor baby" laws which only encourage illegals to deliver their babies on our side of the border; making English our national language; reducing earmarks by those who are supposed to serve *us* in Congress; welfare reform that limits public assistance; reducing the incredible burden on the taxpayer.
When I originally joined FR, I lived in Palm Beach County. We don't live there anymore. In 2004, we moved to the Dallas, Texas area.
I love to FReep and I love to laugh. I want to thank you for stopping by and checking out my FReeper page.
***** Regarding the issues: *****
Abortion: I'm 100% pro-life with no exceptions. I support the Human Life Amendment to the Constitution. It's a baby, not a choice.
Affirmative Action: I'm opposed to Affirmative Action. No one should be allowed special privileges or treatment because of their ethnicity or skin color - including whites.
Drilling: Drill in America. Drill now. Let's free ourselves from reliance upon foreign oil.
Ebonics is stupid.
Some Great Americans: President Ronald Reagan, former Rep. Duncan Hunter, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, former Rep. Tom Tancredo,, Rep. Michael C. Burgess, "The Great One - Mark Levin," former U.S. Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig, LtGen. "Chesty" Puller, USMC, former Sen. Barry Goldwater, Circuit Justice Janice Rogers Brown, Condoleeza Rice, Ted Nugent, Marsha Blackburn, former Gov. Sarah Palin, former Rep. Michele Bachmann, President George W. Bush, former Sen. Fred D. Thompson, Veterans of Foreign Wars, United States POWs & the United States Marines.
Free Speech: I believe in the right for people to have free speech, including shrill loud mouths like Susan Sarandon, Joy Behar, Al Franken, Michael Moore, Sarah Silverman, etc. However, I oppose Americans' burning Old Glory and any form of desecration to our American flag.
Gay Rights: I oppose teaching children that this is just another lifestyle choice and that this is normal. Gays are free to do whatever they choose in the privacy of their homes, but I oppose legalizing gay marriage.
Global Warming: Manufactured hysteria from the Left.
Gun Issues: I strongly support the Second Amendment. I support the NRA.
Illegal Immigration: It infuriates me to see people breaking and entering into America; don't get me started. I support building a wall all along our American border to keep the invaders from coming in illegally. I also feel that legal immigration has gotten way out of hand and that we are permitting too many people into our beloved country.
Military: Underfunded, overworked, underpaid, underestimated. Our military is not a social experiment.
Political Party: Still a registered Republican but I call myself Conservative.
Schools: I support a Constitutional Amendment to bring back prayer in public schools. This is what our Founding Fathers wanted and I feel it needs to be restored. Unquestionably, the pledge should be said every day in every American classroom.
Taxes: I support a flat tax for every American. We should all pay the same amount of taxes commensurate with our individual income.
United Nations: This is one world society gone wild. U.S. soldiers should never be ordered to follow a U.N. Commander. Their allegiance is to the U.S.A.
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself" -- John Stuart Mill