A great achievement, using about 4% of U.S. budget at time (now NASA has about .5%), and it included many risks for the astronauts (just as there had been unpublicized deaths to Soviet cosmonauts).
At the same time, the U.S. Negro family structure was becoming less functional, women were comparatively sex-trafficked or oppressed, and the military-industrial complex was in full swing. On the conservative side, the Communists and fellow-travelers at the Dept. of State had sold out the army of Chiang Kai-Shek, indirectly causing the murders-by-state of 40 or more million Chinese.
On a third hand, Mahatma Gandhi had guided a peaceful transfer of power from British to Indian rule; one of his bon mots: "I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ....to be a good Hindu also meant that I would be a good Christian. There is no need for me to join your creed to be a believer in the beauty of Jesus or try to follow His example."