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.
What we value -- our day to day lives as we know it -- and being left well enough alone -- safe in the hamlets and the harbors of America -- is in the midst of having all of our convictions tested.
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.
So Al Jazeera is putting American media to shame now...really?
Now if you go to their website, Al Jazeera, (the made for America one, that is) i
t will look rather civilized...but bear in mind, one of the more popular programs is a show led by Sheik Yussef Al Qaradewi; according to this website, they refer to his show as "RELIGION & Life" (You LIE!) -- in actuality, it is called, "ash-Shariah wal-Hayat" or SHARIA & Life. If you couple that with a deeper understanding of the channel's demographics, the majority of the viewers are young, very poor, and 96% Muslim (and let me guess, more radical than not).
The following is just a snippet of a sermon, through Al Qaradawi's weekly program, Sharia & Life, from 2009:
"Oh Allah, take your enemies, the enemies of Islam. Oh Allah, take the Jews, the treacherous aggressors. Oh Allah, take this profligate
, cunning, arrogant band of people. Oh Allah, they have spread much tyranny and corruption in the land. Pour Your wrath upon them, oh our God. Lie in wait for them. Oh Allah, You annihilated the people of Thamoud
at the hand of a tyrant, and You annihilated the people of 'Aad with a fierce, icy gale, and You destroyed the Pharaoh
and his soldiers — oh Allah, take this oppressive, tyrannical band of people. Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one."
...said from the mouth of a man who also believes in female circumcision, as it's just the right thing to do, but "not mandatory"; while, with regards to homosexuality -- death -- by stoning of course.
But this is the kinds of "news" our secretary of state believes is light-years ahead of American TV.
So we're not broke after all, thanks to recent revelations from Michael Moore; and Americans need to get a better grip on the goings on around the world through the 'hear no evil, speak no evil', eyes and ears of the Arab world, like Al Jazeera TV, giving us a heavy dose of Islamic Extremists, like Al Qaradawi.
-- according to someone who should really know better ...(Oh, and fyi, Al Qaradawi is BANNED from entering the United States, since 1999...but Hillary loves, loves, loves Al Jazeera CCTV! oh my gawd
, say it like a valley girl)
And if you are in the mood for more news, check out more of David Horowitz' Discover the Networks.org
...he provides a wealth of information...about anybody and everybody that may wish to do harm...which is always good to know.
But back to Boetcker, "we cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong."
I'm not sure what kind of game is being played on America, within America, right now -- but this I do know -- talk about having a great cause for concern, of our inescapable demise about to come our way, for their can't be an effect without a cause...due to...
...our political correctness
...our deaf, dumb and blindness
...our Judeo-Christian values that have raised us, and raised us well (up until now) that now, ironically, are being used against us -- setting us up to be the apologists and sympathizers and pacifists and peace keepers for all the world, just in time to bare WEAKNESS in front of all the world to see -- and most definately, aired on Al Jazeera CCTV, don't miss it...
(and please, don't mis-characterize what I mean here, or take things out of context... being a peace keeper is good for all the world, and that goes for everywhere in the world...but that reality is not being real, is it)
But for these three things.. and the Seven National Crimes and The Ten Cannots...oh my goodness, oh my goodness. having now completely lost ourselves to a world of hurt, decay, indebtedness, entitlement, rationalizations, and whole lot of this can't be good.
Once! we lived a life of formidable strength -- of character, of boldness, of innovation, of defense, of exceptional-ism, of truth, of honor, of integrity, of sound free market principles, of freedom and linerty for every individual, respective of the law to each their own, in pursuit of their own happiness and prosperity and grace.
Once upon a time, we stood for too many things to count. now, look at us; and listen to us; the whole world is watching, as our president says quite often...
The way Islam reads this... weakness IS a provocation.
Make it a Good Day, y'hear, G
for another reality show worth watching -- tune into Brigitte Gabriel's Act for America;
a link to startling new insight on what is allowed to go on everyday within our colleges and universities, and strengthening the Muslim Brotherhood here in America as we speak...read this, featured on BIG PEACE
...and then, if you are up for it, ya gotta read this.
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