There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. Because the Iraq war is not just a security problem, it's a moral problem. Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well. But I stand before you tonight because all across America something is stirring. Change comes to Washington. But we can only achieve it together.
It's a journey that takes us back to our nation's founding, when none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party and helped bring an Empire to its knees. The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. And yet, to wish away the resentments of white Americans, to label them as misguided or even racist, without recognizing they are grounded in legitimate concerns - this too widens the racial divide, and blocks the path to understanding.
Tonight is a particular honor for me because - let's face it - my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. So it's 1985, and I'm in Chicago, and I'm working with these churches, and with lots of laypeople who are much older than I am. And it means taking full responsibility for own lives - by demanding more from our fathers, and spending more time with our children, and reading to them, and teaching them that while they may face challenges and discrimination in their own lives, they must never succumb to despair or cynicism; they must always believe that they can write their own destiny. She had been working to organize a mostly African-American community since the beginning of this campaign, and one day she was at a roundtable discussion where everyone went around telling their story and why they were there.
Because we all have the capacity to do justice and show mercy; to treat others with dignity and respect; and to rise above what divides us and come together to meet those challenges we can't meet alone. For part of what has been lost these past eight years can't just be measured by lost wages or bigger trade deficits. But if we choose to be bound by the past, we will never move forward.
A common dream, born of two continents. No health care? The market will fix it. Their actions are irreconcilable with the rights of human beings, the progress of nations, and with Islam. That is why I strongly reaffirmed America's commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons.