That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. And I've found that no matter where I am, or who I'm talking to, there's a common theme that emerges. People are coming together around a simple truth - that we are all connected, that I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper. But at the end of the day, we cannot walk away - not for the sake of passing a bill, but so that we can finally address the real concerns of Americans and the persistent hopes of all those brothers and sisters who want nothing more than their own chance at our common dream. God is still speaking. She sought out allies in her fight against injustice.
In the young people who voted for the first time, and in those who got involved again after a very long time. And it is that promise that forty five years ago today, brought Americans from every corner of this land to stand together on a Mall in Washington, before Lincoln's Memorial, and hear a young preacher from Georgia speak of his dream. Hamas does have support among some Palestinians, but they also have responsibilities.
I'm talking about something more substantial. What's remarkable is not how many failed in the face of discrimination, but rather how many men and women overcame the odds; how many were able to make a way out of no way for those like me who would come after them. If you don't, you'll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves. We cannot impose peace.
It's that we all have it within our power to make this a better world. I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.
I was raised with the help of a white grandfather who survived a Depression to serve in Patton's Army during World War II and a white grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line at Fort Leavenworth while he was overseas. Let us be our sister's keeper. In the face of that young student who sleeps just three hours before working the night shift, I think about my mom, who raised my sister and me on her own while she worked and earned her degree; who once turned to food stamps but was still able to send us to the best schools in the country with the help of student loans and scholarships. The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag.
I was too young to be involved in that movement, but I felt I could play a small part in the continuing battle for justice by helping rebuild some of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods. Not with so much work to be done. As the Holy Koran tells us, "Be conscious of God and speak always the truth." That is what I will try to do - to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart. Among some Muslims, there is a disturbing tendency to measure one's own faith by the rejection of another's.
They are both passed away now. The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don't tell me we can't uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. The Holy Koran tells us, "O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another."
Consensus and compromise will not come easy. I can assure you it is not. It means continuing to insist on a full measure of justice in every aspect of American life.
To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation; 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. America will align our policies with those who pursue peace, and say in public what we say in private to Israelis and Palestinians and Arabs.
And yet words on a parchment would not be enough to deliver slaves from bondage, or provide men and women of every color and creed their full rights and obligations as citizens of the United States. Why else would he define middle-class as someone making under five million dollars a year? How else could he propose hundreds of billions in tax breaks for big corporations and oil companies but not one penny of tax relief to more than one hundred million Americans? How else could he offer a health care plan that would actually tax people's benefits, or an education plan that would do nothing to help families pay for college, or a plan that would privatize Social Security and gamble your retirement? This too is part of America's promise - the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort. For eighteen long months, you have stood up, one by one, and said enough to the politics of the past.
Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.