Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Words Worth Remembering

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.

Government cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than received. You cannot build character and courage by taking away initiative and independence. Government cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Who said it? Ronald Reagan? William Buckley? Margaret Thatcher?

Those words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln.

Media voices already are comparing Barack Obama to Lincoln. I thought those words were timely.

Indeed, they are timeless.

Correction: I later discovered that those words often are misattributed to Lincoln. They were written by Rev. William Boetcker in a 1916 pamphlet called The Ten Cannots. That does not diminish their importance.

1 comment:

OmaSteak said...

I was going to guess Ayn Rand but that would have been too easy...LOL!!! You can bet Obama doesn't believe in this gem of wisdom nor will he follow its philosophy in governing.