From Nixon's '68 inaugural speech. Striking, with the space launch and riots in the news:
"We find ourselves rich in goods but ragged in spirit, reaching with magnificent precision for the moon but falling into raucous discord on earth. We are caught in war, wanting peace. We're torn by division, wanting unity."
Here is LBJ, speaking in the summer of 1965 following riots in a variety of places:
“Not even the sternest police action nor the most effective federal troops can ever create lasting peace in our cities. The only genuine long-range solution for what has happened, lies in an attack, mounted at every level, upon the conditions that breed despair and breed violence.
All of us, I think, know what those conditions are: ignorance,
discrimination, slums, poverty, disease, not enough jobs. We should
attack these conditions — not because we are frightened by conflict,
but because we are fired by conscience. We should attack them because
there is simply no other way to achieve a decent and orderly society in
Here is the current President, tweeting:
“when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
Is it November yet?