They know we can do better. And as a result, me too. Words alone can not satisfy the needs of our people.
Go to the counties around Chicago, and people will tell you that they do not want their taxes to be wasted, from a welfare agency or the Pentagon. Again and again, we have seen it make difficult choices when the easiest ones were available. And I’m happy to see it. But we also know that government initiatives are not enough. So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it. And we will welcome all elected and peaceful governments – as long as they govern with respect for all their people.
And the lack of basic services in so many urban black neighborhoods – parks for children to play, walking police, the regular collection of garbage and the application of the construction code – have helped to create a cycle of violence, perversion and abandonment that continues to haunt us. On November 4th, we must stand up and say: “Eight is enough”. But if we see this conflict only on one side or the other, then we will be blind to the truth: the only solution is that the aspirations of both sides are fulfilled through two states, where Israelis and Palestinians live each in peace and security. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. I know there have been controversies over the promotion of democracy in recent years and much of this controversy is linked to the war in Iraq. So, I would like to be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed on one nation by anyone else.
And the Democrats, we must also admit that fulfilling America’s promise will require far more than just money. The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same book of partisan exercises.
Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summarized in a statement made over two hundred years ago: we believe that these truths are self-evident, that all men are created equal. It was spotted by the original sin of slavery of this nation, an issue that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a standoff until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least another twenty years and to leave any definitive solution to the future generations. 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. It was about you. And today I’m announcing a new global effort with
God bless you.