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The New Frontier

My fellow Americans, the pioneers gave up their safety, their comfort and sometimes their lives to build our new West. They were determined to make the new world strong and free -- an example to the world, to overcome its hazards and its hardships, to conquer the enemies that threatened from within and without.

Some would say that those struggles are all over, that all the horizons have been explored, that all the battles have been won, that there is no longer an American frontier. And we stand today on the edge of a New Frontier -- the frontier of unknown opportunities and perils, the frontier of unfilled hopes and unfilled threats.

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.

I'm asking each of you to be pioneers towards that New Frontier. My call is to the young in heart, regardless of age.

Can we carry through in an age where we will witness not only new breakthroughs in weapons of destruction, but also a race for mastery of the sky and the rain, the ocean and the tides, the far side of space, and the inside of men's minds?

All mankind waits upon our decision. A whole world looks to see what we shall do. And we cannot fail that trust. And we cannot fail to try.
What happened to the New Frontier? Did the generations before us explore all they could and leave it at that? Or is it still out there, waiting to be realized one again? There are still so many things left unsolved, unconquered, and unanswered. Have we tuned out the call to be the new Pioneers? Are we so involved with ourselves and the hate that destroys, that we have left that New Frontier for others to explore?

I say no! We stand on the eve of the most historic times in our lives, that I believe the New Frontier described 48 years ago is revealing itself once again. The time has come for us to steel ourselves and delve forward once again, to solve, to conquer, to answer! The world is in a state of turmoil, but in that turmoil, is the opportunity to find new solutions to peace and war, to conquer ignorance and prejudice, to answer poverty and surplus.

I call on everyone, everywhere, to open yourselves, to these new opportunities, regardless of faith, or party, or belief. If we can stand together, and answer the call that was given many years ago, nothing can stop us from changing the world. Become the Pioneers of the New Frontier. Become more than you are, do not fail your trust, and do not fail to try.



May 2009

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