Tuesday, 3 May 2011

"Ten Cannots"

According to Wikipedia John Henry Boetcker was an American religious leader and influential public speaker. Born in Hamburg, he was ordained a Presbyterian minister soon after his arrival in the States as a young adult. Rev. Boetcker was raised in Eyrie, Pennsylvania and ordained in Brooklyn, New York where he quickly gained attention as an eloquent motivational speaker. As Wikipedia intimates, Boetcker is probably most famous for 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 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.
Now, where exactly, was it that our political class lost their way................?


13th Spitfire said...

good lord, I had never heard about him before. His 'cannots' are eerily spot-on. If UKIP or any other real conservatives were ever to seize upon anything it should be this.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

Exactly 13th - simple philosophy is it not?