I saw this story on The Blaze yesterday and had to share it. To me, it’s only common sense, but common sense is not so common anymore, especially in our government.
Rev. William J. H. Boetcker. Boetcker was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1837, and he was ordained a Presbyterian minister soon after he arrived to the United States. Perhaps his best-known works are his lists of ‘The 10 Cannots’ and ‘Seven National Crimes
‘The 10 Cannots’ are often mistakenly attributed to President Abraham Lincoln, but it was Boetcker who first published them in 1916.
- 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.
- You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.
The seven national crimes are:
- 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.
My hope is that the people of this country will adopt this wisdom and then maybe it will make it’s way up to the top. We are told in the Bible to pray for our leaders. I wonder how many of us do that. I intend to start doing more of it.
Your friend, Harley