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. He strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children. You can't truly stand up for Georgia when you've strained our oldest alliances. I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office.
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. And as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most. So don't tell me that Democrats won't defend this country. In the young people who voted for the first time, and in those who got involved again after a very long time. America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election.
In fact, it isn't even past." We do not need to recite here the history of racial injustice in this country. You don't defeat a terrorist network that operates in eighty countries by occupying Iraq. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk. The Holy Bible tells us, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."
Not this time. These are the Americans that I know. The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook.
The hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores. They saw that I knew the Scriptures and that many of the values I held and that propelled me in my work were values they shared. 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. This is the reality in which Reverend Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up. 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. The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco.