August 2 2011 - 1:00 PM
READING IN PIONEER COURTHOUSE SQUARE
On August 2, 1989 on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield delivered a biting condemnation of America's willingness to waste billions on war.
"Is there no ethical dimension to our abuse of natural and human resources, to our waste of scientific genius, to the bankrupting of the Federal Treasury to pay for weapons of mass destruction?"
On August 2, 2011, at 1pm on Pioneer Courthouse Square in the "Small Amphitheater Echo Chamber," in the NW quadrant of the square, just below Starbucks and the chess tables, Roscoe Koppel will host a reading by Martha Gies, Johnny Stallings, David Milholland and others, of Senator Hatfield's August 2, 1989 Senate speech "Peace Through Strength is a Fallacy."
As America is convulsed in the 'debt debate' it is an appropriate time to revisit the words of Oregon's esteemed Senator.
"Today we are vulnerable. The national defense of this Nation, has left us vulnerable, but not because we lack an arsenal. The vulnerability of this Nation today is that we rank at the bottom of the list in math and science, and that at least 20 million Americans cannot read or write. The vulnerability of our Nation is the deterioration and erosion of our infrastructure, our highways, bridges, airports, our ports. Our vulnerability today is a nonproductive economy, a non-competitive economy. Our vulnerability is the people who are without homes, nutrition, education, health care."
Senator Mark Hatfield -August 2, 1989
The Portland Oregon event will last about 25 minutes.