“Everybody has God-given gifts”

By Tom Quiner

Please re-read the headline above, which comes to us from Carly Fiorina, speaking at the Faith and Freedom Summit here in Iowa on Saturday.

Take a few minutes to contemplate it.


Come back in a few minutes after you’ve thought it through. Here … I’ll play some music to help you think it through:

[Dum dum, dah, dah dee dah. Etc.]

Okay, I’m back. Time to knuckle down.

Ms. Fiorina’s assertion is wrought with political peril. The far left liberal that has come to define the Democratic Party reviles such a notion.

Gifts are bestowed by the state. They booed the inclusion of “God” in the Democrat’s platform in their last convention. The acknowledgement of a higher power mucks up the liberal narrative that you need man (meaning liberal elites) more than God.

God is their competitor.

But there is peril on the conservative side, too.

Any reference to “God-given” gifts gets us thinking about God-given rights, as invoked by out sentimental Founding Fathers. You recall their schtick: “every person is endowed with immutable rights that flow from God which include Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

That’s so yesterday in the eyes of the Democratic Party and their lapdogs in the mainstream media.

If conservative candidates dare invoke human abortion in their stump speeches, the reflexive response from the Left, from the Democratic Party, and from the ultra biased mainstream media is the Republican’s “WAR ON WOMEN.”

It takes guts to speak the truth about the evil of human abortion and the toll it takes on women, men, and families.

That’s why I really appreciate what Carly Fiorina went on to say here in Iowa on Saturday:

“Everybody has God given gifts.

Everybody has potential.

Our founders knew that every life has potential and they coupled that insight with what was at the time a radical idea and remains a visionary idea to this day. And that is that here in this country, Americans have the right, the right to fulfill their potential.

That is what they meant by the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

And our founders said the right to fulfill our potential comes from God and should not be taken away by man or government.”

Ms. Fiorina said something rather shocking: doctors had told her mother-in-law many years ago to abort her son, the person who would become Ms Fiorina’s husband:

“I met my husband Frank 34 years ago. He started out as a tow truck driver in a family-owned auto body shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And when I married him 30 years ago, his mother told me a story I did not know. She had been told by her doctors to abort him because she had had two very difficult pregnancies. But she was a woman of great courage and great faith. And she chose to bring her son into the world. She spent a year in the hospital after his birth, but Frank was the joy of her life and he has been the rock of mine. And I have thought often of how different my own life would have been had she made a different choice.”

Life matters.

Every single human life is unique.

Every single life can … and does … change the course of the world. I have tremendous respect for someone like Ms. Fiorina who doesn’t jettison her belief system simply because it is politically incorrect. Here is more:

“You may remember I ran for the U.S. Senate in California in 2010. What you may not know is that I ran as a proud pro-life conservative. You don’t do that in California unless you really mean it. And I remember meeting a donor after I had won a three way primary by 57 percent of the vote and he said, ‘well now that you’ve won you can move to the center.’ And I said, ‘well I ran on my beliefs and my convictions and those won’t change.’ He looked at me and he said, ‘well you can’t possibly be pro-life, you’re a Stanford and MIT graduate.’ And I looked at him and I said ‘science is proving us right, every single day.’

While I lost that general election, I won that year more Republican votes, more Democratic votes, and more independent votes than virtually anyone else running anywhere else in the nation in 2010. That’s how big California is. But that race taught me something: only a conservative can unify this party. And we do not have to change our beliefs and convictions to reach independents and Democrats either.

For those of us who believe in the sanctity of life, science is indeed proving us right every day. The DNA in a zygote is precisely the same DNA as the day we die. Life is a continuum. Life is a gift from God, passed through the union of a man and a woman. And life, every life, is filled with potential and possibilities.”

I really appreciate Ms. Fiorina’s consistent and staunch support of human life. If your right to life can be taken away, as Democrats insist it can, simply because you’re inconvenient, unwanted, or flawed, then none of us truly has ANY rights.

It is hard to avoid comparing Ms. Fiorina to Hillary Clinton.

Carly Fiorina is a self-made women.

Hillary Clinton is a creation of her husband. She has accomplished very little on her own.

Watch Carly Fiorina’s complete speech above. She deserves your attention.






  1. The Gospel of Barney on April 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    A Democrat said God, I’m impressed!

  2. JJ's song on April 29, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    “The war on women”. A misnomer if there ever was one. All it takes is a candid conversation with a woman who has had an abortion to show what truly damages a soul. Forever. Every soul makes a difference. Well written.

    • quinersdiner on April 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks for the kind words!

  3. Corvus (Corvi) Black on April 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    “For those of us who believe in the sanctity of life, science is indeed proving us right every day.”

    It was science for me that really made me take a step back from my Pro-choice stance. I went to The Bodies exhibit years ago where they had fetuses in various stages of development. Even when they are the size of a pea, you can see they are absolutely a little person. This was back when there was a lot of discussion around when life starts…maybe 10 years ago. It was so shocking to me that I couldn’t even talk about abortion for years. I was completely conflicted. Science had a much greater impact for me than some old guys with fetus photo bumper stickers.

    • quinersdiner on April 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks for your invaluable insight, Corvus. I think your last sentence is food for thought for all who support the sanctity of human life.