You will likely recognize the last name of Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr., as he is the father of Maria Shriver, the journalist and first lady of the state of California aka Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife. Knowing who his daughter you probably also know that he married a Kennedy, John, Robert and Ted’s sister Eunice.
Here is what you probably do not know:
He served as the very first Director of the Peace Corp (which was created by executive order by John Kennedy in 1961). His service was exemplary as wikipedia states, volunteers arrived in five countries during first year of creation and In just under six years, Shriver developed programs in 55 countries with more than 14,500 volunteers (source).
That alone would be an amazing accomplishment to hang your hat on, but consider this (again taken from wiki):
He founded numerous social programs and organizations, including Head Start, VISTA, Job Corps, Community Action, Upward Bound, Foster Grandparents, Special Olympics, the National Center on Poverty Law, Legal Services, Indian and Migrant Opportunities and Neighborhood Health Services, and directed the Peace Corps. Shriver also ran the War on Poverty during Johnson’s tenure as president. He was such an effective leader, that Job Corps and Adams and Associates dedicated a Center to his name in 1999.
I think part of the problem with “liberals” is they do not celebrate their leaders well. While conservatives drool over the likes of Newt, W, Nixon, Ollie, Ronnie and even O’Reilly, what leaders of the democrats get the same adulation?
You could say Bill Clinton, JFK and Ted Kennedy, but I think they need to do a better job of praising the progressives that have left their mark on our society.
PS I did not include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the list of democrats because I believe he is seen as a civil rights leader and not necessarily known as the progressive he was. I guess to a degree his victorious march toward social change put things like his activism on poverty on the back burner.