In 1916, William Boetcker, a Presbyterian minister, published a pamphlet called “The Ten Can-Nots.” These words of wisdom are usually attributed to Abraham Lincoln; but Honest Abe didn’t write them, Reverend Boetcker did.
All true Conservatives know in their hearts that these things are true. We are all pretty much alike in our thinking. A Conservative holds fast to the things that are true, and rejects the rest.
These ten statements are just common sense. The Liberal Mind cannot accept or believe the truth.
Read Reverend Boetcker’s Ten Can-Nots for yourself, and see if you think they are true, or not. I think that they are the essence of Conservatism.
1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.