This is the centenary year of the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States.
Thirty-eight days into his presidency, Kennedy signed an executive order creating the Peace Corps, a voluntary program that has as one of its goals “to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.”
One of those understandings is that the United States is not a nation motivated solely to enrich itself, but a country that wants to spread self-determination and freedom to everyone on the planet.
President Kennedy’s chief legacy does not exist in his executive orders or legislative actions. It is rather the commitment to service that he inspired in the American people and in human beings across the globe.
Rather than making America great again, a political slogan that can mean whatever you want it to, Kennedy urged Americans and human beings everywhere to consider the notion that supporting others and promoting liberty can make you greater than you already are.
Martin H. Levinson