Blog Example #1
I thought of the families I've met who were struggling to get by without a loved one's full income, or whose loved ones had returned with a limb missing or nerves shattered, but who still lacked long-term health benefits because they were Reservists. And it's a lesson we need to remember today - as members of another Joshua generation. "And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back." The third source of tension is our shared interest in the rights and responsibilities of nations on nuclear weapons. America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them.
John Kerry understands the ideals of community, faith, and service because they've defined his life. Now is the time to end this addiction, and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution. Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant, and hateful.
Instead, it is that American spirit - that American promise - that pushes us forward even when the path is uncertain; that binds us together in spite of our differences; that makes us fix our eye not on what is seen, but what is unseen, that better place around the bend. People in every country should be free to choose and live their faith based upon the persuasion of the mind, heart, and soul. All these things must be done in partnership.
The people I meet - in small towns and big cities, in diners and office parks - they don't expect government to solve all their problems. Ironically, this quintessentially American - and yes, conservative - notion of self-help found frequent expression in Reverend Wright's sermons. John McCain likes to say that he'll follow bin Laden to the Gates of Hell - but he won't even go to the cave where he lives. For eighteen long months, you have stood up, one by one, and said enough to the politics of the past. America, this is one of those moments. The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco.
As William Faulkner once wrote, "The past isn't dead and buried. To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation; I'll invest in early childhood education. We were born out of revolution against an empire.
Thank you, and God bless America.