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Our economic freedom is founded on individual property rights;
by Ernest Istook

Our economic freedom is founded on individual property rights;
government should never be permitted to take those away.
- Ernest Istook

There are a lot of Grinches out there that would like
nothing better than to take any references to religion
out of the holiday season.
- Ernest Istook

Thousands of present day students, like many of our Founding Fathers,
are being taught at home.
- Ernest Istook

The courts are using the First Amendment to attack religion,
when they should be using it to protect religion.
- Ernest Istook

 

We've outpaced Japan and Europe in creating new jobs,
but there's major competition from India and China.
It's not enough to make income tax cuts permanent.
- Ernest Istook

Those people who want to express their religious beliefs
on public property should enjoy the same rights that
we provide to those protesting the war in Iraq.
- Ernest Istook

The American people do not want people thumbing their nose at the law.
It undercuts the very fabric of our society and the
system of civil justice and of criminal justice as well.
- Ernest Istook

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The birth of democracy in Iraq is one of the great
positive changes of our era.
- Ernest Istook

Out of control judicial activism threatens traditional marriage in America.
- Ernest Istook

Instead of this confusion, we need the unifying force of an official language,
English, which is the language of success in America.
- Ernest Istook

Education begins at home and I applaud the parents
who recognize that they -
not someone else -
must take responsibility to assure that their children are well educated.
- Ernest Istook

While even pornography is protected as free speech,
the courts have consciously undermined religious speech
and freedom of religion for years.
- Ernest Istook

Americans should be free to recognize our religious heritage;
doing that is not the same as creating a government-sponsored religion.
- Ernest Istook

English should be our official language.
Reading and speaking English are requirements to become a citizen.
- Ernest Istook

America has global trade with plenty of nations that
provide inexpensive labor,
but it's better for us when they're in our own hemisphere,
rather than sending that business halfway around the world.
- Ernest Istook

I remind everyone: Whether you school them at home or send them to school,
you as a parent have the responsibility to make sure they learn and behave.
Teachers and principals may help, but parents are the
ones who must accept responsibility.
- Ernest Istook

Home schooled children frequently combine for many purposes -
and they interact well.
The growth of the home schooling movement means that
more and more children are learning together,
just not in a traditional classroom.
- Ernest Istook

My father was the son of immigrants,
and he grew up bilingual,
but English is what my father taught me and what he spoke to me.
America's strength is not our diversity;
it is our ability to unite around common principles
even when we come from different backgrounds.
- Ernest Istook

There's a lot of exaggerated talk about CAFTA,
but it's actually a fairly routine trade agreement.
Although it involves fairly small nations,
they're still more important trade partners than places
like Australia or many other larger nations.
- Ernest Istook

America's strength is not our diversity;
our strength is our ability to unite people of different
backgrounds around common principles.
A common language is necessary to reach that goal.
- Ernest Istook

The motives of these parents vary, many parents don't
like the curriculum being taught to their kids,
or are wary of the threat of peer pressure or the presence
of drugs or violence lurking in too many of our schools today.
- Ernest Istook

Research and development needs permanent tax credits
to build the technology that spurs our growth.
But no government programs alone can get America's
students to study more science and math;
parents must push and help their children to meet this goal.
- Ernest Istook

There are many alternatives to embryonic stem cell research,
alternatives with great potential.
We need to support these and oppose creating life for
the sole purpose of destroying it.
- Ernest Istook

We need uniform protection of traditional marriage.
You can't have different definitions on something as fundamental as marriage.
The Marriage Protection Amendment is the only solution to this problem.
- Ernest Istook

It's good that the first half of the speech emphasized freedom,
because George W. Bush has been the global champion for freedom.
As he said, if we don't fight tyranny it will not leave us alone in peace.
- Ernest Istook

Printing ballots in multiple languages costs millions of dollars every year.
It also discourages immigrants from integrating into
American society and gaining the benefits that come from speaking English.
- Ernest Istook

To become an American citizen, we require people to read,
write and speak in English.
That is to help them to assimilate in our melting pot,
truly to become Americans.
We mock that when the cherished right to vote does
not involve English any more.
- Ernest Istook

I think it's awful that the state of Oklahoma a couple
of years ago passed this law to give the same tuition
to illegals as they do to people who are residents of Oklahoma.
I think it's wrong.
- Ernest Istook

We cannot sacrifice innocent human life now for vague
and exaggerated promises of medical treatments thirty of forty years from now.
There are ways to pursue this technology and respect life at the same time.
- Ernest Istook

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Each of us dwells in a cathedral of our own BEing
that is created vast enough to encompass Unity with all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Through our own recovered innocence
we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
- Anonymous

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all have our thorns. We, and Life, have our moments.
Life occurs before our morning coffee.
Life occurs in our bathrobe with our hair uncombed.
Bless and give thanks for All of Life - the bloom and the thorns.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Not every difficult and dangerous thing
is suitable for training,
but only that which is conducive to success
in achieving the object of our effort.
- Epictetus

As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Nelson Mandela

Once we accept our limits, we can go beyond them.
- Albert Einstein

When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions
and not on our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

This is our moment, this is our time.
- Bono

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher


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