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The 10 "Cannots"

The 10 Cannots
By William J. H. Boetcker

  • 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.

This kind of thinking is conspicuous in its contrast to the popular culture of America today. I long for a day when this philosophy is prevalent in our country again.

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I was looking through Barack Obama’s position on the issues recently to better understand his campaign promises. I was struck by the absence of an issue that I fully expected to find. I re-read the list 3 times to make sure I didn’t just overlook it.

Where the heck is the war on terror? His list discusses Iraq and Homeland Security, but I can’t find his position on the war on terror. Is the war on terror over? I’ve been out of town recently, so maybe I missed the news about this…. Did we win it while I was traveling?

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