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. The sixth issue that I want to address is women's rights.
We the people, in order to form a more perfect union." It means continuing to insist on a full measure of justice in every aspect of American life. It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America's founding. On education, we will expand exchange programs, and increase scholarships, like the one that brought my father to America, while encouraging more Americans to study in Muslim communities.
Just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire. Rather than remain trapped in the past, I have made it clear to Iran's leaders and people that my country is prepared to move forward.
And fellow Americans, Democrats, Republicans, Independents - I say to you tonight: we have more work to do. And he knows that it's not enough for just some of us to prosper. But she didn't. Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America. 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.
Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation - not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Each of us in our own lives needs to do what we can to help the poor. It's a war I'm proud I opposed from the start - a war that should never have been authorized and never been waged. Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution - a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time. That's not the judgment we need.
Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.