Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. She poured everything she had into me. Our government should work for us, not against us. But it should be their choice.
Most working- and middle-class white Americans don't feel that they have been particularly privileged by their race. But the record's clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time. I don't know what kind of lives John McCain thinks that celebrities lead, but this has been mine. For while Senator McCain was turning his sights to Iraq just days after 9/11, I stood up and opposed this war, knowing that it would distract us from the real threats we face. Don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe. Their actions are irreconcilable with the rights of human beings, the progress of nations, and with Islam.
That's what compromise is about. Just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire.
And I've found that no matter where I am, or who I'm talking to, there's a common theme that emerges. Now, as children of God, we believe in the worth and dignity of every human being; it doesn't matter where that person came from or what documents they have. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. We seek no military bases there.
He was a good-looking kid, six two, six three, clear eyed, with an easy smile. E pluribus unum. It's not because John McCain doesn't care. I am a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims.