Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Now, eight years ago, Hillary and I were rivals for the Democratic nomination. Thank you for this incredible journey. We doubled our production of clean energy. Unfortunately, it does not contain the inflection and emphasis of a true orator. Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real.
People are hurt by the inaction. This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values and commitments, to hold them against a hard reality and see how we are measuring up, to the legacy of our forbears, and the promise of future generations. Our power comes from those immortal declarations first put to paper right here in Philadelphia all those years ago; We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that together, We, the People, can form a more perfect union. John Kerry believes in an America where all Americans can afford the same health coverage our politicians in Washington have for themselves. If you believe that new plants and factories can dot our landscape; that new energy can power our future; that new schools can provide ladders of opportunity to this nation of dreamers; if you believe in a country where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules, then I need you to vote this November. What you missed on the third day of the Democratic National Convention. Twelve years ago tonight, I addressed this convention for the very first time.
Hope in the face of uncertainty. That's what we can do in the next four years, and that's why I'm running for a second term as President of the United States. There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America. And she will do it without resorting to torture, or banning entire religions from entering our country. That's the mind of a 9 year old.
This is a more fundamental choice — about who we are as a people, and whether we stay true to this great American experiment in self-government. This is where we are right now. And I think about the young sailor I met at Walter Reed hospital, still recovering from a grenade attack that would cause him to have his leg amputated above the knee. And yet, it's only been in the last couple of weeks that the discussion of race in this campaign has taken a particularly divisive turn. That legacy of defeat was passed on to future generations -- those young men and increasingly young women who we see standing on street corners or languishing in our prisons, without hope or prospects for the future. And she was a little surprised. .
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. And we will keep the promise of Social Security by taking the responsible steps to strengthen it - not by turning it over to Wall Street. You are the best organizers on the planet, and I am so proud of all the change that you made possible. I see a younger generation full of energy and new ideas, not constrained by what is, ready to seize what ought to be. It means continuing to insist on a full measure of justice in every aspect of American life. Why associate myself with Reverend Wright in the first place, they may ask? As I listened to him explain why he'd enlisted, his absolute faith in our country and its leaders, his devotion to duty and service, I thought this young man was all any of us might hope for in a child. That we can tuck in our children at night and know they are fed and clothed and safe from harm.
They know we can do better. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. They are anxious about their futures, and they feel their dreams slipping away. Text of address State Senator Barack Obama: Introduction On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, land of Lincoln, let me express my deep gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention.
If so, you should vote for him. Because we work harder and smarter than anyone else. The voices are somewhat mechanical for computer use. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. She knew that food was one of their most expensive costs, and so Ashley convinced her mother that what she really liked and really wanted to eat more than anything else was mustard and relish sandwiches -- because that was the cheapest way to eat. And every time I thought I might have the race won, Hillary just came back stronger.
We need to keep making our streets safer and our criminal justice system fairer -- applause -- our homeland more secure, our world more peaceful and sustainable for the next generation. In chronicling our journey, the stories and songs gave us a meaning to reclaim memories that we didn't need to feel shame about -- memories that all people might study and cherish and with which we could start to rebuild. Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution -- a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time. And through countless acts of quiet courage, America learned that love has no limits, and marriage equality is now a reality across the land. John Kerry believes in energy independence, so we aren't held hostage to the profits of oil companies or the sabotage of foreign oil fields. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. America has changed over the years.
Despite the temptation to view my candidacy through a purely racial lens, we won commanding victories in states with some of the whitest populations in the country. In a world of new threats and new challenges, you can choose leadership that has been tested and proven. You met my two little girls, Malia and Sasha -- now two amazing young women who just fill me with pride. But then I asked myself: Are we serving Shamus as well as he was serving us? Maybe a little nervous addressing such a big crowd. I'm the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas. We can choose a future where we export more products and outsource fewer jobs.
And no matter how daunting the odds, no matter how much people try to knock her down, she never, ever quits. We brought more of our troops home to their families, and delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It keeps us from squarely facing our own complicity within the African-American community in our own condition. But teachers must inspire; principals must lead; parents must instil a thirst for learning, and students, you've got to do the work. I see people working hard and starting businesses. And even in the midst of crisis, she listens to people, and she keeps her cool, and she treats everybody with respect.