But by the time he was a young adult, he was an atheist. It's a promise that says the market should reward drive and innovation and generate growth, but that businesses should live up to their responsibilities to create American jobs, look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road. Words alone cannot meet the needs of our people.
But as Americans, we also know that this is a nation of laws, and we cannot have those laws broken when more than 2,000 people cross our borders illegally every day. Among some Muslims, there is a disturbing tendency to measure one's own faith by the rejection of another's.
Perhaps somebody told her along the way that the source of her mother's problems were blacks who were on welfare and too lazy to work, or Hispanics who were coming into the country illegally. I don't know what kind of lives John McCain thinks that celebrities lead, but this has been mine. When a new flu infects one human being, all are at risk.
He was nominally a Muslim since there were a number of Muslims in the village where he was born. And God is still speaking. Ironically, this quintessentially American - and yes, conservative - notion of self-help found frequent expression in Reverend Wright's sermons. When Washington doesn't work, all its promises seem empty. It was Islam - at places like Al-Azhar University - that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.
We're not going to agree on everything, but we can disagree without being disagreeable. But it is where we start. You don't protect Israel and deter Iran just by talking tough in Washington. This has bred more fear and mistrust.
God bless you.