I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents' dreams live on in my two precious daughters. America's strong bonds with Israel are well known. In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically-elected Iranian government. This tolerance is essential for religion to thrive, but it is being challenged in many different ways. On economic development, we will create a new corps of business volunteers to partner with counterparts in Muslim-majority countries.
The pundits, the pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. It's that folks are hungry for change - they're hungry for something new. What's remarkable is not how many failed in the face of discrimination, but rather how many men and women overcame the odds; how many were able to make a way out of no way for those like me who would come after them. And despite the costs involved, America's commitment will not weaken.
That is why we plan to invest $1.5 billion each year over the next five years to partner with Pakistanis to build schools and hospitals, roads and businesses, and hundreds of millions to help those who have been displaced. It is time for us to act on what everyone knows to be true. That is why we are forging service projects in America that bring together Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Fear that because of modernity we will lose of control over our economic choices, our politics, and most importantly our identities - those things we most cherish about our communities, our families, our traditions, and our faith.
And there's another issue we must confront as well. We can play Reverend Wright's sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. Palestinians must abandon violence. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. That is the spirit we need today. Fear that because of modernity we will lose of control over our economic choices, our politics, and most importantly our identities - those things we most cherish about our communities, our families, our traditions, and our faith.
More work to do for the workers I met in Galesburg, Ill., who are losing their union jobs at the Maytag plant that's moving to Mexico, and now are having to compete with their own children for jobs that pay seven bucks an hour. And right here in the UCC, we're hearing from God about what it means to be a welcoming church that holds on to our Christian witness. In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination - and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past - are real and must be addressed. Not this time. So let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am President. And today, we import triple the amount of oil as the day that Senator McCain took office.
Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.