Hard times don't create heroes.
It is during the hard times when the "hero" within us is revealed.
Tolerating evil leads only to more evil. And when good people stand by and do nothing while wickedness reigns, their communities will be consumed.
Drugs are the enemies of ambition and hope - and when we fight against drugs we are fighting for the future.
One person can make a difference. In fact, its not only possible for one person to make a difference, its essential that one person makes a difference. And believe it or not, that person is you.
If we are going to save this country, if we are going to reestablish that belief in God, it's up to us. If we don't do it, who will?
Perseverance is a virtue that cannot be understated.
We must now view our problems as opportunities - historic opportunities to change the failed systems of the past and do what's right for our future.
The amount of money we spend on education is important, but not nearly as important as how the money is spent.
I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism.
If my house is on fire, I don't need the fire chief telling me I should not have built the house out of wood. I need somebody to put the fire out.
Nothing is worse, or more of a breach of the social contract between citizen and state, than for government officials, bureaucrats and agencies to waste the money entrusted to them by the people they serve.
You elected government officials to make decisions and it's about time they started making good ones
No two wars are ever the same. Some are just, some are unjust, but the basic commonality shared between them all is that young men and women heeded a call to service, overcame their fear, and fought for their side
Ladies and gentlemen: There can be no greater investment in Alabama's future than an investment in education.
No skill shapes a child's future success in school or in life more than the ability to read.
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.
The opponents of my budget propose taking $200 million out of our classrooms and instead spending it on a larger school employee pay raise. Our focus should be on making sure our children come first.
The success of our economy shouldn't determine the success of our schools
When money follows results - we will get more results for our money
God looked down on this country because this country was founded on the rock and that rock was our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And when the storms came and the rains came, the rock, it did not move. But over the last 15 or 20 years, something began to erode.
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.
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.
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.
Victims of domestic violence need assistance and deserve justice, I commend the crime unit's efforts to put offenders behind bars and reach out to victims.
I think you'd change Alabama fundamentally if in six years someone said, 'If you want the best education in America, you've got to live in Alabama.' you'd change economic development, change the image of this state, you'd offer these kids an opportunity they otherwise would never have had.
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