For human history has often been a record of nations and tribes subjugating one another to serve their own interests. I do not believe that women must make the same choices as men in order to be equal, and I respect those women who choose to live their lives in traditional roles.
It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who's willing to work. The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. As the Holy Koran tells us, "Be conscious of God and speak always the truth." That is what I will try to do - to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart. The obligations that the parties have agreed to under the Road Map are clear. The issues that I have described will not be easy to address.
And he knows that it's not enough for just some of us to prosper. Because if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. "And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back." Let us keep that promise - that American promise - and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.
In South Carolina, where the Confederate Flag still flies, we built a powerful coalition of African Americans and white Americans. So long as our relationship is defined by our differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity.
My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. This belief comes from my unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people. They are full of dancing, clapping, screaming and shouting that may seem jarring to the untrained ear. You see, we Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes progress in this country. No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons. That commitment is at the core of the Treaty, and it must be kept for all who fully abide by it.
Thank you. And may God's peace be upon you.