« For the problems are not solved and the battles are not all won, and we stand today on the edge of a New Frontier, the frontier of the 1960’s, a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils, a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats. (…)
But I tell you the New Frontier is here, whether we seek it or not. Beyond that frontier are uncharted areas of science and space, unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered problems of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus. It would be easier to shrink from that new frontier, to look to the safe mediocrity of the past, to be lulled by good intentions and high rhetoric — and those who prefer that course should not vote for me or the Democratic Party.
But I believe that the times require imagination and courage and perseverance. I’m asking each of you to be pioneers towards that New Frontier. »
Extrait du discours prononcé par John F. Kennedy, candidat à l’élection présidentielle, lors de la Convention du parti démocrate, le 15 juillet 1960, à Los Angeles.