The Ten Cannots
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner
by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man
by inciting class hatred.
You cannot keep out of trouble
by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage
by destroying men's initiative and independence.
And you cannot help men permanently by doing
for them what they can and should do for themselves.
William J.H. Boetcker
(1873 - 1962)
yes..and it does sound a lot like a Lincoln quote...
the work is apparently
printed in 1916;
but ever since about the year 1942,
against popular belief,
this work has mistakenly
been attributed to a Lincoln-ism,
I have done so myself on more than one occasion;
but long story short,
call it a printing error that keeps on ticking.
In any event, here we are, Happy Friday.
With emotions piqued to the point of bubbling over, bearing witness in Wisconsin of the often violent and vitriolic chants rising from a congregation of fellow Americans we thought were just like us, you know, with policemen, firemen, teachers like us, how did we get here? we all seem to be in the fight of our lives; why? how?
-- for reasons answered in another set of Boetcker-style bullet points and truisms, simply entitled, THE SEVEN National CRIMES...with nearly a hundred years to show for it...
- I don’t think.
- I don’t know.
- I don’t care.
- I am too busy.
- I leave well enough alone.
- I have no time to read and find out.
- I am not interested.
Little did we realize how our own leaders have taken full advantage of us; our lack of attention to details; our delusional laissez faire attitude towards our indebtedness (up until now); taking more time to rationalize our fall from grace, as a society, let alone within the walls of our own homes, than in taking the time to correct it; and now, having traveled so far, and so long, in the opposite direction of our nation's founding principles -- no longer do we recognize the way back, even if the overwhelming majority of us wishes to make it so and go.
And then, you have people like Michael Moore (eww) say things that are so reprehensible and wrong, it just makes your head spin: "...our country is not broke...Wisconsin is not broke."
Leave it to a multi-millionaire (and by the looks of things, a glutton of more things than one)....a guy who makes a living peddling liberal propaganda...
...leave it to this kind of guy to tell us to, basically, stick your head back in the sand, everything is okay, you got nothing to worry about (but death and taxes, of course).
who wants to bet me that if we had a republican president, and senate, he would be riding this debt horse hard and often, like a Paul Revere alerting us to a sea of little red coats?
Oh but for those WHO WANT to pay attention, and maybe think beyond the scope of Charlie Sheen or Lindsey Lohan, apparently, the news we get isn't nearly as grand as Al Jazeera CCTV; at least, according to our highly educated and learned Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton:
"Al Jazeera is winning. The Chinese have opened up a global English language and multi-language television network, the Russians have opened up an English language network. I've seen it in a couple of countries and it's quite instructive."