John Kerry believes in an America where all Americans can afford the same health coverage our politicians in Washington have for themselves. Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. For many years, Iran has defined itself in part by its opposition to my country, and there is indeed a tumultuous history between us. But if we choose to be bound by the past, we will never move forward.
I thought of the families I've met who were struggling to get by without a loved one's full income, or whose loved ones had returned with a limb missing or nerves shattered, but who still lacked long-term health benefits because they were Reservists. That's not what I'm talking about. Because in the faces of those young veterans who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan, I see my grandfather, who signed up after Pearl Harbor, marched in Patton's Army, and was rewarded by a grateful nation with the chance to go to college on the GI Bill. Change comes to Washington. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground. And I will host a Summit on Entrepreneurship this year to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.
But we cannot walk away this time. "People began to shout, to rise from their seats and clap and cry out, a forceful wind carrying the reverend's voice up into the rafters....And in that single note - hope! - I heard something else; at the foot of that cross, inside the thousands of churches across the city, I imagined the stories of ordinary black people merging with the stories of David and Goliath, Moses and Pharaoh, the Christians in the lion's den, Ezekiel's field of dry bones.
And fellow Americans, Democrats, Republicans, Independents - I say to you tonight: we have more work to do. But for all those who scratched and clawed their way to get a piece of the American Dream, there were many who didn't make it - those who were ultimately defeated, in one way or another, by discrimination. And Ashley asks him why he's there. I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95% of all working families. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace.
John Edwards calls on us to hope. God is still speaking. Just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze - a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many.
Thank you. And may God's peace be upon you.