Back home, my grandmother raised their baby and went to work on a bomber assembly line. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope? The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. She's the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. Because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. We are taking concrete actions to change course.
And as a consequence, so did I. But we should choose the right path, not just the easy path.
John Kerry knows this. In the middle of the Cold War, the United States played a role in the overthrow of a democratically-elected Iranian government.
Clearly, the past 50 years have not weakened your resolve as faithful witnesses of the gospel. They're ready to turn the page on the old politics and the old policies - whether it's the war in Iraq or the health care crisis we're in, or a school system that's leaving too many kids behind despite the slogans. This time we want to reject the cynicism that tells us that these kids can't learn; that those kids who don't look like us are somebody else's problem. This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected.
Change means a tax code that doesn't reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it. Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping their jobs and caring for a sick child or ailing parent.
Thank you. And may God's peace be upon you.