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June 22, 2011 – Last Tuesday, Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio stood on the Senate floor and gave his first speech to his colleagues.
The speech was much like former President Ronald Reagan’s “City On A Hill” speech when he was leaving the White House.
Senator Rubio told his colleagues: “America began from a very powerful truth–that our rights as individuals do not come from our government, they come from our God. Government’s job is to protect those rights. And here, this Republic, has done that better than any government in the history of the world.”
Parts of his speech are reprinted below:
“Becoming a world power was never America’s plan, but that is exactly what the American economic miracle made her. Most great powers have used their strength to conquer, but America is different. For us, our power always has come with a sense that those to whom much is given, much is expected; a sense that with the blessings God bestowed upon this land came the responsibility to make the world a better place. And in the 20th century, that is precisely and exactly what America did.
“America led in two world wars so that others could be free. America led in the Cold War to stop the spread of and ultimately defeat communism.
“While our military and foreign policy contributions helped save the world, it was our economic and cultural innovations that helped transform it.
“Indeed, we do now stand at a turning point in our history, one where there are only two ways forward for us: We will either bring on another American century or we are doomed to witness America’s decline.
”Another American century is fully within our reach because there is nothing wrong with our people. The American people haven’t forgotten how to start a business. The American people haven’t run out of good ideas. We Americans are as great as we have ever been. But our government is broken, and it is keeping us from doing what we have done better than any people in the history of the world–create jobs and prosperity.
“Our story, the story of America, is not the story of a nation that never faced problems. It is the story of a nation that faced its challenges and solved them. Our story, the story of the American people, is not the story of a people who always got it right; it is the story of a people who in the end got it right.
“What will the world look like if America declines? Who is going to create the innovations of the 21st century? Who will stretch the limits of human potential and explore the new frontiers? And if America declines, who will do all these things and ask for nothing in return, motivated solely by the desire to make the world a better place?
“The answer is, no one will. There is still no nation or institution on this planet that is willing or able to do what America has done.”