I'll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. Of course, recognizing our common humanity is only the beginning of our task. We seek no military bases there. That is why we plan to invest $1.5 billion each year over the next five years to partner with Pakistanis to build schools and hospitals, roads and businesses, and hundreds of millions to help those who have been displaced. America will align our policies with those who pursue peace, and say in public what we say in private to Israelis and Palestinians and Arabs.
Segregated schools were, and are, inferior schools; we still haven't fixed them, fifty years after Brown v. In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world's great religions demand - that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of co-existence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars. But let us be clear: al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day. I understand those who protest that some countries have weapons that others do not. Now, that must be our work here on Earth.
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. Nor is it beyond the sea. But I also know that human progress cannot be denied.
John Kerry believes in energy independence, so we aren't held hostage to the profits of oil companies, or the sabotage of foreign oil fields. I learned that my sins could be redeemed. 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. I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. Over seven years ago, the United States pursued al Qaeda and the Taliban with broad international support. I understand those who protest that some countries have weapons that others do not.
And it puts the lie to the notion that the separation of church and state in America means faith should have no role in public life. To the Joshua generation, these challenges seem momentous - and they are. Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution - a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time. Kennedy called our "intellectual and moral strength." Yes, government must lead on energy independence, but each of us must do our part to make our homes and businesses more efficient. They endure the daily humiliations - large and small - that come with occupation.
Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.