“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.” – Noah Webster

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’… I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character… And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Let each man resolve to be victorious, and that the right of self-government, liberty, and peace shall find him a defender.” – Robert E. Lee

“If there’s one thing the American experiment proves, it’s the power of freedom to transform lives. If you let people control their own destinies, there’s no limit to what they can achieve. But if you bind them with the straitjacket of central planning, smother their creativity with over-regulation, fence them in with high tariffs and take their hard-earned money with high taxes, you kill their dreams even as you wreck an economy. That’s the central lesson of the ‘2008 Index of Economic Freedom,’ just released by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. A country-by-country survey of how free people are worldwide to direct their own economic fortunes, the Index repeatedly demonstrates the vital link between freedom and prosperity. Simply put, the freer people are, the more an economy grows- and the more everyone benefits… Economic freedom is about more than just the bottom line. When you give people the liberty they crave, you do more than boost an economy- you make it possible for men and women to improve their lives. In the words of the Declaration of Independence, they’re free to engage in ‘the pursuit of happiness.’ And as the Index proves, it’s a virtuous cycle that leaves everyone better off than they were before.” – Rebecca Hagelin

“A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.” – Ronald Reagan

“One of the obvious differences between Democrats and Republicans is the role that religion plays in their presidential campaigns. For instance, every Democrat, while pretending to believe that ‘separation of church and state’ actually appears somewhere in the Constitution, must also insist that religion plays an essential role in his or her life. But just about the only time you see them going to church is when they’re posing for the cameras while addressing a black Baptist congregation. What’s more, when questioning these people, the liberal media kindly limits itself to a yes or no question regarding the existence of God. However, when the candidates are Republicans, you might get the idea that the members of the MSM were boning up for their theology exams. Is Huckabee too Christian? Does he actually believe the universe was created in six days? When he was a governor, did he go out of his way to commute the sentences of felons because he was a sucker for anyone who announced he’d found Christ in the slammer? Is Giuliani, who contributed to Pro-Choice organizations, flying under false colors as a Catholic? Does Romney really believe that Satan and Jesus are brothers, or at least third cousins, once removed? Why is it, I wonder, that nobody is asking Barack Obama about his religious convictions? From what I’ve gathered, they’re far more fascinating than Mitt Romney’s.” – Burt Prelutsky

“Conservatives are demanding that House Minority Leader John Boehner fill an empty slot on the House Appropriations Committee with a fiscal hawk rather than the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman who could use the position to hand out earmarks for political gain. ‘House Leadership has said they are serious about earmark reform, said they are serious about cutting the pork and abuse; it’s time to put up or shut up and put Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) on the committee,’ said Erick Erickson, editor of RedState.com. ‘When the House returns next week, Republican leadership must fill the vacant seat left on the appropriations committee left by Rep. Roger Wicker (R. -Miss) who was appointed to fill Trent Lott’s (R. -Miss.) Senate seat. According to a January 7 Politico story, Boehner is likely to choose RSCC Chairman Rep. Tom Cole (R. -Okla.) to fill the position… The Club for Growth’s Director of Government Affairs Andy Roth said this strategy would backfire. ‘If they take a pass at Flake, then the base’s frustration will only continue.’… Flake has been the House’s most vocal critic against earmarks, often challenging pet projects on the floor late into the night to shame the members.” – Amanda Carpenter