The skeptical bent of my mind didn't suddenly vanish. They work hard and give back and keep going without complaint. She's the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit - for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear.
I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents' dreams live on in my two precious daughters. This time we want to talk about the shuttered mills that once provided a decent life for men and women of every race, and the homes for sale that once belonged to Americans from every religion, every region, every walk of life. As President, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. Finally, the Arab States must recognize that the Arab Peace Initiative was an important beginning, but not the end of their responsibilities.
He is a man who served his country as a U.S. Marine; who has studied and lectured at some of the finest universities and seminaries in the country, and who for over thirty years led a church that serves the community by doing God's work here on Earth - by housing the homeless, ministering to the needy, providing day care services and scholarships and prison ministries, and reaching out to those suffering from HIV/AIDS. For over two decades, he's subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy - give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. And I will restore our moral standing, so that America is once again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future. But that same principle must apply to Muslim perceptions of America. That is not how moral authority is claimed; that is how it is surrendered.
A belief that we're all connected as one people. That legacy of defeat was passed on to future generations - those young men and increasingly young women who we see standing on street corners or languishing in our prisons, without hope or prospects for the future. And today, we import triple the amount of oil as the day that Senator McCain took office. The dream of opportunity for all people has not come true for everyone in America, but its promise exists for all who come to our shores - that includes nearly seven million American Muslims in our country today who enjoy incomes and education that are higher than average. And despite the costs involved, America's commitment will not weaken.
I've seen it in Washington, when we worked across party lines to open up government and hold lobbyists more accountable, to give better care for our veterans and keep nuclear weapons out of terrorist hands. Not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend.
God bless you.