The media attention last November surrounding Jack Kennedy and the 50th anniversary of his assassination refreshed youthful memories of my awe of the man, but not only from the well-known events widely repeated by the press. My intense admiration came, then and today, from JFK’s inspired vision and challenge for the Peace Corps to be “America’s Best Ambassador,” a lasting legacy and template for world peace.
I have never met a former Peace Corps volunteer who was not a superb citizen. Given JFK’s pledge to keep his religion out of his politics, perhaps the Peace Corps initiative was the only way to bring his spirituality into his governance. I can only say: “Come back, Jack. Who will challenge us, once again, to rescue our Republic from the tortuous hold of powerful financial interests; to turn ‘Citizen’s United’ into ‘united citizens;’ to once again believe in ourselves?”
We miss you, Jack.