But I’ve got news for them, too. As President, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant, and hateful.

John Kerry knows this. There was even a time when the Christian Coalition determined that its number one legislative priority was tax cuts for the rich. We can tackle race only as spectacle – as we did in the OJ trial – or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina – or as fodder for the nightly news. The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans – Democrats and Republicans – have built, and we are here to restore that legacy. This is not simply about America’s interests. Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together.

Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest – a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours – Hillary Rodham Clinton. He said that our economy has made “great progress” under this President. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons.

She had this enormous capacity for wonder, and lived by the Golden Rule. I know there are those who dismiss such beliefs as happy talk. Of course, recognizing our common humanity is only the beginning of our task. I know that for many, the face of globalization is contradictory. The Talmud tells us: “The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.”

My mother, whose parents were non-practicing Baptists and Methodists, was one of the most spiritual souls I ever knew. Nor is it beyond the sea. But we do need to remind ourselves that so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. Because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. There is also one rule that lies at the heart of every religion – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

Thank you.


 

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