Category Archives: Peace Corps Experience
Perspective: Having coffee in your kitchen one morning and you sense something is not quite right. The next instant you are no more. Some asteroids are too fast to detect early. “On March 23, 1989 an asteroid passed within earths orbit only 400,000 km away. This asteroid is presumed to be larger than an aircraft carrier with kinetic energy over 50,000 times as powerful as the Hiroshima nuclear bomb explosion. This asteroid was only detected six hours after it passed through our orbit, and would it have collided, millions of people would have died instantaneously. Although it was a very fortunate near miss, it is because of this asteroid (named 1989FC) that the threat of asteroids and comets was finally brought into the political arena.”
… and by heart disease: 610,000 annual deaths in the U.S.
“Peace Corps…. Say that aloud a few times. Then listen. As those words roll off the tongue, your spirit should soar. Just hearing the Peace Corps in a sentence sends the message of solace around the world.”
Venturing farther afield than DC
“When pondering his ‘new’ foreign policy initiatives, President Elect Donald Trump should venture farther afield than Washington, D.C. Like John Kennedy, the Peace Corps should be his message of assurance to the outside world; and that he is serious. Consider the alternatives. Over the past five decades, the prior U.S. regimes including the current one, all with the possible exception of Ronald Reagan, pursued regime change through military force as the nexus of their foreign policy. If America truly wants to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of its neighbors, then the U.S. government has to turn 180 degrees. A pivot to a revived Peace Corps is a good start; it is an excellent catalyst to make America great again.”
November 30, 1944. In two weeks I would celebrate my first birthday and my Grandma Grace bought a War Bond in my name. An investment in the “fight for human liberty.” The ROI was to be Peace and Freedom for all. How are we doing?
What if you must choose between FOOD and FREEDOM?
What if you believe you must kill people to be at PEACE?
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy
Last week we saw the new movie Jackie. Overall I was disappointed in the movie, some of the casting, the story line and some other directorial choices, but the acting prowess of Natalie Portman was very impressive. I cannot imagine another actress portraying Jackie so well. Then just yesterday I came across this November 1963 UConn Calendar of events. (I think my mother had held onto it because my father came up to Storrs for Dad’s Day, the first weekend of November.) Twice in one week I was reminded of the moment when I heard of the assassination. On November 22nd, I was a young sophomore walking in front of the Girl’s Gymnasium on the Storrs campus and a small group of students were in a high state of agitation telling passersby that Kennedy had been shot in Dallas.
This book was originally written while he was still a senator. Subsequently, after gaining the presidency, JFK called on Congress to undertake a full reevaluation of immigration law; and he began to revise the book for further publication. In August 1963, excerpts of the 1958 pamphlet were published in the New York Times Magazine. He was assassinated before completing the revision, but the book was published in 1964 with an introduction by his brother, then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. In 2008, the book was re-issued by the Anti-Defamation League. The book contains a short history of immigration, an analysis of the importance of immigration in the country’s history, and proposals to liberalize immigration law. And so it goes. Moment by moment. Each forms the next.
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