That commitment is at the core of the Treaty, and it must be kept for all who fully abide by it. We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition.
Legalized discrimination - where blacks were prevented, often through violence, from owning property, or loans were not granted to African-American business owners, or black homeowners could not access FHA mortgages, or blacks were excluded from unions, or the police force, or fire departments - meant that black families could not amass any meaningful wealth to bequeath to future generations. Let us be our brother's keeper, Scripture tells us. We want to talk about how to bring them home from a war that never should've been authorized and never should've been waged, and we want to talk about how we'll show our patriotism by caring for them, and their families, and giving them the benefits they have earned. I am grateful to finish this journey with one of the finest statesmen of our time, a man at ease with everyone from world leaders to the conductors on the Amtrak train he still takes home every night. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than ninety percent of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a ten percent chance on change. In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, our second President John Adams wrote, "The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims." And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States.
I didn't fall out in church, as folks sometimes do. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts. It was Islam - at places like Al-Azhar University - that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe's Renaissance and Enlightenment.
Last time we took up immigration reform, it failed. What we have already achieved gives us hope - the audacity to hope - for what we can and must achieve tomorrow. I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq.
So doing the Lord's work is a thread that's run through our politics since the very beginning. That's not simply a matter of policy or ideology - it's a moral commitment. It's a story that hasn't made me the most conventional candidate. In that time, he's said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other. It's a belief that pulsed in the cradle of civilization, and that still beats in the heart of billions.
God bless you.