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Monday, January 30, 2006

"[E]very man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience." —George Washington

"For two years now each day has brought news of the stately wedding march—not the one in church, but the one proceeding through the state legislatures. State after state is opting for marriage, or asking their citizens to affirm it on the ballot. This is an issue that should be nonpartisan but now heavily favors conservatives and their candidates. It's an issue that appeals to Americans across the board. Racial, religious, and even some political barriers fall when life, marriage and religious liberty are on the table... It would be disappointing if President Bush, who owes his re-election to the Values Voters, were to ignore such key cultural issues as well. We really can't talk about the State of the Union without addressing the state of our unions." —Tony Perkins

"Our government has no power except that granted it by the people... It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the federal government and those reserved to the states or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government." —Ronald Reagan

"I personally believe there is no place in the federal government for a Department of Education. It is not in the Constitution. There is no mention anywhere in the Constitution that the federal government has any role in education. I believe that the federal government doesn't have a role in education. I have several members of my family, including my wife, who are teachers, who are not at all happy with the so-called No Child Left Behind bill, which I think has gone far astray from what it was even intended to do. And I would like to hope that at some point we could get the federal government out of the business of education altogether, and acknowledge that this is policy that should be decided at the state level." —Rep. John Shadegg

"One of the things that drives Republicans crazy is the media's enormous double-standard in how they cover various scandals... Skeptics can go to the Web site of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, popularly known as the House ethics committee. Click on 'historical documents,' and go to a publication called 'Historical Summary of Conduct Cases in the House of Representatives.'... By my count, there have been 70 different members of the House who have been investigated for serious offenses over the last 30 years, including many involving actual criminality and jail time. Of these, only 15 involved Republicans, with the remaining 55 involving Democrats." —Bruce Bartlett

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