Monday, June 8, 2009


You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred..
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

.....Abraham Lincoln

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you had made the effort to do even the slightest bit of research, you would have found out President Lincoln never said/wrote these lines. Nor do they reflect his voice and philosophy. They are in fact attributed to a nutcase minister circa 1916. So please get your facts straight next time before posting such a tasteless "painting" associating the likes of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Teddy Roosevelt with war criminals and chicken hawks.

Lynn said...

The quote comes from William J.H.Boetche, not Lincoln.Do you check your sources?

Anonymous said...

Youre quote of Lincoln is incorrect, as any research will confirm. The quote is from William J. H. Boetcke

Greene County Young Republicans said...

Editors note: The quote is from William Boetche, and not Abraham Lincoln. Thanks to those above for correcting me. I appreciate it.

Becky said...

This quote seems to keep coming up recently. I find it hard to understand how people can agree with this during this time of economic crisis. See my blog for additional comments.http://truth-in-writing.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Whoever Mr. Boetche was, his list of 10 "Cannots" certainly inidicates he had much better judgment and common sense than any liberal "spend without consequence" could ever hope to achieve and is far from a "nutcase". As far ads the painting, a terrific piece, too bad we don't have an ounce of the character depicted in that room in the White House today, we'd be far better off.

Anonymous said...

Great painting and 10 great lines of truth and common sense, whoever wrote them. Too bad we don't have an ounce of the character depicted in that room in the White House today, we'd be far better off!

Anonymous said...

Though you confirm the misquote, why does you incorrect citation remain?

Greene County Young Republicans said...

If I were to change the post, most of the above comments would no longer make sense to a new reader.

Anonymous said...

For each of you that are complaining that the GCYR should do research on who wrote the list would do well to follow your own advice. Each of you might find that you have the original writer's name misspelled; it should be William J. H. Boetcker if Wikipedia is to be believed. So...let's see...there are several people correcting the GCYR on not checking their source, and yet those same people have not properly checked their sources.
One writer referred to several of the presidents as "war criminals and chicken hawks". I will assume that writer also used his same "sources" to form such a poor opinion of past presidents. Maybe that writer should consider opening themselves to a wider range of sources before making such an accusation.

Anonymous said...

Strange how in a county that is so dependent on federal spending and just about everyone who has their 5 acres, 4500 square foot home complete with mega-cab, dual-wheel diesel truck and weights 315 pounds are so quick to condemn the “tax-and spenders”. This county does not pay 1/100th the federal taxes it receives back in spending. All you have to be is OBESE, WHITE and CONNECTED here an you will have almost no work to do at all – but get paid very well – with dollars that are taxed from other areas. There is no way a man over 250 pounds is actually working, at least not very hard…how many of these guys do I see mowing lawns with great jobs and benefits or how many times can see a fatso riding a county vehicle while another one hangs out the side to spray herbicide on the base of guardrail – people actually get paid to do this and have great benefits? Almost anyone with money in this county is NOT in the free enterprise system, did not work hard to create some new idea, product or revenue stream – these people are on the receiving end of a successful bid on a government contract – well connected welfare. The days of innovation here have been over for decades – any claims to a new technology are only because the federal government poured 100 million or more dollars into an idea – with lots of those described above reaping the benefits – for little or no work. And most of these ideas in the long run are scrapped. So for those of you who are Republicans and think you work hard for your money and that those who have less or are having hard times do not – the truth is without the federal government SPENDING in Green County, OH you would have no livelihood.

Anonymous said...

Bush: starts illegal war=war criminal. Initiates, condones, and then lies about torture=war criminal. Dodges combat duty=chicken hawk.
Nixon: illegally bombs Cambodia, then lies about it=war criminal. Covers up numerous felonious activities while in office=criminal.
SOURCES: Try public record, investigations too numerous to count, confessions, released government documents too numerous to count. Investigative reports. Seeing with one's own eyes. In short: facts and reality.

Lisa said...

I do not need a former president to make a statement in order for me to pay it any credit. Though Lincoln is not the man to be credited with this quote, lets not lose sight of the fact that there is a lot of truth to this quote irregardless of the author.

Anonymous said...

"Vote Yourself a Farm!" -- Abraham Lincoln. Look THAT one up.

Today he would be saying "Vote Yourself Universal Health Care!"

Anonymous said...

It's all true, Lisa. It's also all gibberish. We are supposed to infer that requiring the rich to pay taxes is 'Destroying' them.

The Conservative mantra 'The world doesn't owe you anything' goes both ways. The rich are not entitled to gratitude for doing what they do, either. They make money by accessing the customer base known as Society. Access to the leads costs money. If you profit more from them, you pay more for them, just like I would have to pay more to use Microsoft Word in my office than I would for the same software non-commercially in my home.

Remember: a country is like a country club. Taxes are dues. Taxes do not punish the rich. Taxes only punish the sniveling whiners.

John Langenderfer said...

Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell and Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt are to excellent resources for learning sound economic reasoning- something that is clearly demonstrated as needed by many of ignorant anonymous authors here.