When I learn something I enjoy sharing it with you all. You know, I’m always perplexed when the progressive socialist trolls come onto this site and spew inane rhetoric like “we must confront the disinformation” and then run away back to their basements. They’ve done nothing to edify or provide more lucid information — just immature mischief.
Well, I need to clear the record on something and “confront the disinformation.”There are a series of statements that have long been attributed to President Abraham Lincoln which are very prescient for these times but… he did not say them.
The series of statements are known as the “Ten Cannots.” These simple maxims were the product of one “William John Henry Boetcker (1873–1962), who according to the esteemed Wikipedia, was an American religious leader and influential public speaker.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, he was ordained a Presbyterian minister soon after his arrival in the United States as a young adult. The Rev. Boetcker was ordained in Brooklyn, New York.
An outspoken political conservative [I like this guy], Rev. Boetcker is perhaps best remembered for his authorship of a pamphlet entitled “The Ten Cannots” that emphasizes freedom and responsibility of the individual on himself [what a novel idea for these times. Someone please tell Obama, Clinton, and Sanders].
Originally published in 1916, it is often misattributed to Abraham Lincoln. The error apparently stems from a leaflet printed in 1942 by a conservative political organization called the Committee for Constitutional Government.
The leaflet bore the title “Lincoln on Limitations” and contained some genuine Lincoln quotations on one side and the “Ten Cannots” on the other, with the attributions switched. The genuine Lincoln quotations may have been from an address on March 21, 1864 in which Lincoln said “Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.”
The mistake of crediting Lincoln for “The Ten Cannots” has been repeated many times since, notably by Ronald Reagan in his address to the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston.”
Why did I want to investigate this? Because recently I spoke in Effingham, Illinois and on the way I stopped in Vandalia, Illinois to visit the Vandalia State House which was built in 1836. It is the fourth capitol building in the state of Illinois and also the oldest capitol building in Illinois to survive, as the first, second, and third capitol buildings have all disappeared. At the Effingham Lincoln Day dinner they had printed in the program the Ten Cannots attributed to the favored son of Illinois, Abraham Lincoln.
So please, correct the record and don’t feel bad, even the great President Ronald Reagan gave credit to President Lincoln. Spread the word and let’s make sure we give up the props to the conservative Presbyterian minister William John Henry Boetcker and his 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 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.
And just so the progressive socialists don’t feel left out, Rev. Wm J.H. Boetcker offered some descriptive words for y’all called the “Seven National Crimes:”
• 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.
Doggone, I really like this guy, I think I’ll get the Ten Cannots made into a banner and hang it up next to the Ten Commandments in our home. Thanks Rev. Boetcker, Your words, thoughts, and maxims live on!