I don't know what Bible they're reading, but it doesn't jibe with my version. Because that was the cheapest way to eat. It's been about you. When one nation pursues a nuclear weapon, the risk of nuclear attack rises for all nations. Now is the time for Palestinians to focus on what they can build.
America! Tonight, if you feel the same energy that I do, if you feel the same urgency that I do, if you feel the same passion I do, if you feel the same hopefulness that I do - if we do what we must do, then I have no doubts that all across the country, from Florida to Oregon, from Washington to Maine, the people will rise up in November, and John Kerry will be sworn in as president, and John Edwards will be sworn in as vice president, and this country will reclaim its promise, and out of this long political darkness a brighter day will come. 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. But we also know that government initiatives are not enough. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end. So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other. We must always examine the ways in which we protect it.
I didn't fall out in church, as folks sometimes do. Imagine Lincoln's Second Inaugural without its reference to "the judgments of the Lord." Or King's "I Have a Dream" speech without its reference to "all of God's children." Or President Kennedy's Inaugural without the words, "here on Earth, God's work must truly be our own." At each of these junctures, by summoning a higher truth and embracing a universal faith, our leaders inspired ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.
And it's a testament to what we can achieve when good people with strong convictions stand up for their beliefs. 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. No, the word is very near. The truth is, on issue after issue that would make a difference in your lives - on health care and education and the economy - Senator McCain has been anything but independent. 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. Now, that must be our work here on Earth.
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. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who's willing to work. I will end this war in Iraq responsibly, and finish the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Holy Koran tells us, "O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another."
Thank you. And may God's peace be upon you.