Half a world away nations that once lived under oppression and tyranny are now budding democracies due in large part to America ‘s leadership and the sacrifices of our military.
I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.
The men and women who serve in our military have won for us every hour we live in freedom sometimes at the expense of the very hours of the lifetimes they had hoped to live.
Tolerating evil leads only to more evil. And when good people stand by and do nothing while wickedness reigns their communities will be consumed.
I hope we never get to the point that we put ourselves in Jesus’ place. But when I read the New Testament basically we get three mandates: to love God to love each other and to take care of the least among us. And I think this is at least a step in the right direction.
Ladies and gentlemen: There can be no greater investment in Alabama’s future than an investment in education.
The amount of money we spend on education is important but not nearly as important as how the money is spent.
Drugs are the enemies of ambition and hope – and when we fight against drugs we are fighting for the future.
In a time of tight budgets difficult choices have to be made. We must make sure our very limited resources are spent on priorities. I believe we should have no higher priority than investing in our children’s classrooms and in their future.
For too long we have focused on our differences – in our politics and backgrounds in our race and beliefs – rather than cherishing the unity and pride that binds us together.
I ask you: turn a deaf ear to the special interests. Let politics stand down for a while. don’t waste anytime thinking about future elections until we’ve done our jobs here.