“We have made no progress on the issues of our time because, frankly, we have too many people, in both parties, who have decided that the next election is more important than the next generation. And our lack of progress on these issues has led to something even more troubling — a growing fear that maybe these problems are too big for us to solve. Too big for even America.
“Well, there is no reason to be afraid. Our story, the story of America, it 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.”
— Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, in his “maiden speech” before the Senate on June 14.