Clearly, the past 50 years have not weakened your resolve as faithful witnesses of the gospel. I don't know what Bible they're reading, but it doesn't jibe with my version. That's why I've been fighting to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and the minimum wage. When one nation pursues a nuclear weapon, the risk of nuclear attack rises for all nations. Too many tears have flowed.
The questions I had didn't magically disappear. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother - a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.
John Kerry knows this. And I think they recognized a part of themselves in me too. But they have helped shape the political landscape for at least a generation. Palestinians must abandon violence.
And Ashley said that when she was nine years old, her mother got cancer. We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty; that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns before our eyes. The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.
These enemies must be found. And when the Civil War was fought and our country dedicated itself to a new birth of freedom, they took on the problems of an industrializing nation - fighting the crimes against society and the sins against God that they felt were being committed in our factories and in our slums. 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. America, we are better than these last eight years. And I will not settle for an America where some kids don't have that chance. Likewise, many Israelis recognize the need for a Palestinian state.