And when these battles were overtaken by others and when the wars they opposed were waged and won, these faithful foot soldiers for justice kept marching. Many bring up a specific issue. America's strong bonds with Israel are well known. We cannot impose peace.
Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope? Instead, they overlap, and share common principles - principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
While studying here, my father met my mother. What would be needed were Americans in successive generations who were willing to do their part - through protests and struggle, on the streets and in the courts, through a civil war and civil disobedience and always at great risk - to narrow that gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time.
But my grandfather had larger dreams for his son. Each of us in our own lives needs to do what we can to help the poor. It's a story that hasn't made me the most conventional candidate. Because if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. We cannot disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretense of liberalism.
I'll invest in early childhood education. But we will support a secure and united Iraq as a partner, and never as a patron. The sooner the extremists are isolated and unwelcome in Muslim communities, the sooner we will all be safer. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. But we can only achieve it together.
Thank you. And may God's peace be upon you.