But we also know that government initiatives are not enough. That anger may not get expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. That is one option. I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition.
That's why organizations are rising up across the country to reclaim the language of faith to bring about change. This time we want to talk about the fact that the real problem is not that someone who doesn't look like you might take your job; it's that the corporation you work for will ship it overseas for nothing more than a profit. But let us be clear: al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day. 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.
He contains within him the contradictions - the good and the bad - of the community that he has served diligently for so many years. They are anxious about their futures, and feel their dreams slipping away; in an era of stagnant wages and global competition, opportunity comes to be seen as a zero sum game, in which your dreams come at my expense. This country is more generous than one where a man in Indiana has to pack up the equipment he's worked on for twenty years and watch it shipped off to China, and then chokes up as he explains how he felt like a failure when he went home to tell his family the news. That's the promise of America - the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper. Not even close.
No health care? The market will fix it. There will be many issues to discuss between our two countries, and we are willing to move forward without preconditions on the basis of mutual respect.
People don't expect government to solve all their problems. Our government should work for us, not against us. Yet in this new age, such attitudes are self-defeating.