That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. Our Party has chosen a man to lead us who embodies the best this country has to offer. The audacity of hope! In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation. The profound mistake of Reverend Wright's sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. Let us keep that promise - that American promise - and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.
I learned that my sins could be redeemed. And it offends our conscience. That's the promise we need to keep. The victims were innocent men, women and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody. They have killed people of different faiths - more than any other, they have killed Muslims. And any nation - including Iran - should have the right to access peaceful nuclear power if it complies with its responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
There was even a time when the Christian Coalition determined that its number one legislative priority was tax cuts for the rich. Universities and states, including Illinois, are taking part in a divestment campaign to pressure the Sudanese government to stop the killings. And they are a part of America, this country that I love. Well it's time for them to own their failure. Instead, it must be a cause for action to help the Palestinian people develop the institutions that will sustain their state; to recognize Israel's legitimacy; and to choose progress over a self-defeating focus on the past.
He contains within him the contradictions - the good and the bad - of the community that he has served diligently for so many years. In that time, he's said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. For decades, there has been a stalemate: two peoples with legitimate aspirations, each with a painful history that makes compromise elusive. Some are eager to stoke the flames of division, and to stand in the way of progress.
This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values and our commitments, to hold them against a hard reality and see how we are measuring up, to the legacy of our forbearers, and the promise of future generations. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. So doing the Lord's work is a thread that's run through our politics since the very beginning. Not with so much work to be done. 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.