If our U.S. Congressmen (et al) are allowed to write for-profit books (music,
etc.) while either elected-to-office or serving in office, I would hope they are
required to donate 100 percent of their profits/income/royalties/etc BACK TO THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE, in some legitimate, useful form!!But personally, I
think the American citizenry would MUCH prefer to see them focusing 100 percent
of their time, talents and energies to solving our country's
gravely-serious problems and getting this country back on course!And
then if we could get some serious **term limits** set up on Congress, then those
jokers could sit around writing all the books, poetry and music they ever
wanted, AFTER they are out of office.
With many others, I offered heart felt prayer almost constantly for Elizabeth
and her family, and like many others, cried a fountain when she was found. A
few months later I saw Elizabeth with her family after a Christmas event. She
was laughing and behaving like a care free child. I wept again with gratitude.
Beyond the heart connection I feel for her, there is oddly enough, a connection
through B. D. Mitchell's family as well. There are members of the Mitchell
family whom I adore and respect. They were instrumental in resolving this case.
Elizabeth has conquered devastating events with courage, faith, and hope.
Blessed be, Elizabeth! You are loved! Have an abundantly happy life.
What happened to Mrs. Smart was tragic with a happy ending, but it seems they
are trying to make it political, which is even more tragic. Hopefully Mrs.
Smart is telling her story over and over so that other victims can find peace
and not for monetary gain for herself or political gain for her friend. Let
this tragic story with a happy ending ride off into the sunset...
It must be close to the campaign for the elections next year for Representative
Stewart. He is a good man but the GOP convention events with all the actions
with his campaign won't be forgotten. Elizabeth Smart should
be on her own without politicizing her story and life. It was definitely a sad
story with a good ending compared to the 1000s if not millions of abused
children in this life around the world. I think of the child soldiers, boys and
girls, that have such sorrowful lives everyday of their life. They don't
have medical or psychological care as Elizabeth did. Elizabeth is an example to
the world and her Uncle on the Deseret News staff definitely made it possible
for publicity to be available to the world through that process. It
is sad when a child is abused and the results can be devastating for those
children, forever in this life. I am grateful for counseling for our child that
was abused by a child abuser and offender. His life will never be the same but
he has survived with people's help in so many ways. Politicizing is not beneficial to the process today.
I truly am happy for Elizabeth, that she had, at a highly crucial time, and
continues to have, today, a loving, supportive family, as well as a large
network of friends and well-wishers in Utah and around the world. I
also am very happy for her that she was able to taste a measure of justice in
her case, to which she absolutely was entitled. It is easy to say
that one may "choose" to not be a victim. But you'd better believe
-- and I am confident Elizabeth herself would readily acknowledge -- that those
things I have named above, along with her own willpower and faith in God as
mentioned in the article, played a major and, again, highly crucial role in her
ability to survive, heal, and thrive.
What she went through was traumatic, but I'd bet what her parents went
through was worse.Once I invited a person with a 'Will work for
food' sign to my house to work. He refused the offer. Given the wisdom I
learned from this situation, that will be my last invite to a homeless person.
With all due respect I thought we already had a book written by her on the
experience. Why another?
Mike and Ironman: Then go read something else, and while you're at it hope
that noone in your immediately family or in your circle of friends ever suffers
abuse of any kind, because you'll have no clue what they're speaking
of or how to possibly help them overcome.
There are many reasons why it was important and worthwhile for Elizabeth to tell
her story. Those who are tired of seeing new articles about the story can skip
them and read something else. I admire her and appreciate her focus on helping
others cope with bad experiences. I don't know that I will read the book,
but I certainly support her and the competent author who helped her in producing
this worthy book.
1570 articles in the DesNews about Liz Smart, and counting...
I was horribly abused as a child by my father and it is amazingly difficult to
get past the whole thing. There are different stages to the healing process
that encompass a life time. The thing about being raped as a very young child is
that children dissociate and split off the memories. Then they suffer horrible
nightmares, and traumatic triggers and wonder what is going on with them. I
will constantly strive to have the attitudes that Elizabeth Smart is having, but
there is grief, and PTSD symptoms that need to be felt and dealt and healed
through. Marriage is certainly a trigger that needs constant work and honesty.
Children need to be protected always, yet our society seems to be moving away
from looking at how terribly addictive pornography is and how sex addiction is
progressive. If not arrested, it will lead to child abuse. This epidemic will
continue to harm the children the most. They are the innocent victims of the
denial of the ramifications of this horrible plague upon the land.
No need. This story keeps popping up and we know all we want to know.