A belief that there are better days ahead. God is still speaking. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort - a sustained effort - to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children, and to respect the dignity of all human beings.
They've worked hard all their lives, many times only to see their jobs shipped overseas or their pension dumped after a lifetime of labor. Anger over welfare and affirmative action helped forge the Reagan Coalition. You see, we Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes progress in this country. 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. So let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America. We cannot disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretense of liberalism.
That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted at least, most of the time. My father, who I didn't know, returned to Kenya when I was just two. Don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe.
That's the change we need right now. Not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for. And yet Al Qaeda chose to ruthlessly murder these people, claimed credit for the attack, and even now states their determination to kill on a massive scale. Too many tears have flowed.
After the war, they studied on the G.I. And we should close Guantanamo Bay and stop tolerating the torture of our enemies. That legacy of defeat was passed on to future generations - those young men and increasingly young women who we see standing on street corners or languishing in our prisons, without hope or prospects for the future. Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, black and white, I have never been so naive as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle, or with a single candidacy - particularly a candidacy as imperfect as my own. They endure the daily humiliations - large and small - that come with occupation. Israel must also live up to its obligations to ensure that Palestinians can live, and work, and develop their society.
Thank you, and God bless America.