If you're working forty hours a week, you shouldn't be living in poverty. And it's a lesson we need to remember today - as members of another Joshua generation. That promise is our greatest inheritance. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end. Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq was a war of choice that provoked strong differences in my country and around the world. Many more are simply skeptical that real change can occur.
From his heroic service to Vietnam, to his years as a prosecutor and lieutenant governor, through two decades in the United States Senate, he has devoted himself to this country. A belief that there are better days ahead. He strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children. But they have helped shape the political landscape for at least a generation. And Ashley said that when she was nine years old, her mother got cancer. Around the world, we can turn dialogue into Interfaith service, so bridges between peoples lead to action - whether it is combating malaria in Africa, or providing relief after a natural disaster.
John Kerry believes in America. They came of age in the late fifties and early sixties, a time when segregation was still the law of the land and opportunity was systematically constricted. Well it's time for them to own their failure. So let us agree that patriotism has no party.
But I've got news for them, too. They're deciding that their work, their possessions, their diversions, their sheer busyness, is not enough. Together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. But let us be clear: al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day. Many Gulf States have enjoyed great wealth as a consequence of oil, and some are beginning to focus it on broader development.
And as I listened to him explain why he'd enlisted, the absolute faith he had in our country and its leaders, his devotion to duty and service, I thought this young man was all that any of us might hope for in a child. Let us be our brother's keeper, Scripture tells us. We did not go by choice, we went because of necessity.
God bless you.