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J.C. Watts

U.S. Congressman (Rep.) from 4th District of Oklahoma


We must not let government programs disconnect our souls from each other.

1996 - from a speech to the Republican National Convention
We don't define compassion by how many people are on welfare, or AFDC, or living in public housing. We define compassion by how few people are on welfare, AFDC, and public housing because we have given them the means to climb the ladder of success.

1996 - from a speech to the Republican National Convention
Government can't ease all pain. In fact, government sometimes rubs the wound raw and makes the healing harder. ... we must, individually, all of us, accept our share of responsibility.

Feb. 2, 1997 - from his response to President Clinton's State of the Union address
... character does count. For too long we have gotten by in a society that says the only thing right is to get by and the only thing wrong is to get caught. Character is doing what's right when nobody is looking...

1996 - from a speech to the Republican National Convention