(Remarks of Stephen Fournier on August 6, 2008, at Riverside Park, Hartford, at Connecticut's annual commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima)
Our descent as a nation into a pit of violence and lawlessness suggests to many of us that Americans are scum. We seem to have learned no lesson from events like the one we commemorate today, and we seem to be unmoved by the most atrocious instances of inhumanity and injustice.
Are we, as our media suggest, a people who crave exhibitions of violence? How is it that our casinos are humming even as our schools turn out illiterates? That we wage war against some of the poorest, humblest populations on earth, and then shun all news about the resulting bloodshed? When our leaders say "Everything is on the table," including atomic bombs, what keeps us from flooding the streets?