"My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."
As his first Peace Corps Director, brother-in-law Sarge Shriver understood, decades before we got into our subsequent phony wars and military messes, how over-reliance on military solutions just further hastens our economic and moral decline. As Shriver said,
"If the Pentagon's map is more urgent, the Peace Corp's is, perhaps, in the long run the most important..... What happens in India, Africa, and South America -- whether the nations where the Peace Corps works succeed or not -- may well determine the balance of peace."
Back then JFK envisioned and seemed to have inspired a nation to get behind him in quickly getting a million Americans involved in helping build more builders and a better world.
"Those peoples in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required"
Then JFK's vision was erasing the Ugly American image. His Camelot would have had tens of millions of Americans peacefully serving over the decades, and would have given life to his words"
"The energy, the faith and the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world."
But the light he lit was snuffed, as were the glows from RFK and MLK. We got nowhere near a million Americans a year to get off the couch, leave the television, live the dream, and serve amidst real reality commercial free.