They know they have to work hard to get ahead - and they want to. The hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta. That has been my experience at Trinity. The challenges we face require tough choices, and Democrats as well as Republicans will need to cast off the worn-out ideas and politics of the past. In Ankara, I made clear that America is not - and never will be - at war with Islam. Palestinians must abandon violence.
And if we can do that - if we can embrace a common destiny - then I believe we'll not just help bring about a more hopeful day in America, we'll not just be caring for our own souls, we'll be doing God's work here on Earth. We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage; whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college diploma. They have killed in many countries. Resistance through violence and killing is wrong and does not succeed.
Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. "People began to shout, to rise from their seats and clap and cry out, a forceful wind carrying the reverend's voice up into the rafters....And in that single note - hope! - I heard something else; at the foot of that cross, inside the thousands of churches across the city, I imagined the stories of ordinary black people merging with the stories of David and Goliath, Moses and Pharaoh, the Christians in the lion's den, Ezekiel's field of dry bones. Because in the faces of those young veterans who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan, I see my grandfather, who signed up after Pearl Harbor, marched in Patton's Army, and was rewarded by a grateful nation with the chance to go to college on the GI Bill. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead.
The questions I had didn't magically disappear. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps - even if you don't have boots. The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons.
They know they have to work hard to get ahead - and they want to. They're deciding that their work, their possessions, their diversions, their sheer busyness, is not enough. And it is no coincidence that countries where women are well-educated are far more likely to be prosperous.
Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.