And it offends our conscience. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. "We cannot walk alone," the preacher cried. And yet Al Qaeda chose to ruthlessly murder these people, claimed credit for the attack, and even now states their determination to kill on a massive scale. But we have a responsibility to join together on behalf of the world we seek - a world where extremists no longer threaten our people, and American troops have come home; a world where Israelis and Palestinians are each secure in a state of their own, and nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes; a world where governments serve their citizens, and the rights of all God's children are respected.
There is real evil and hardship and pain and suffering in the world and we should be humble in our belief that we can eliminate them. I can assure you it is not. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality. 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.
It was stained by this nation's original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least twenty more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations. On one end of the spectrum, we've heard the implication that my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action; that it's based solely on the desire of wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap.
But I'm hopeful because I think there's an awakening taking place in America. As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me. This is the reality in which Reverend Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up.
And we cannot ignore the very real concerns of Americans who are not worried about illegal immigration because they are racist or xenophobic, but because they fear it will result in lower wages when they're already struggling to raise their families. In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is - you're on your own. Don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe.
Thank you. And may God's peace be upon you.