Proud Infidel ranting about the ongoing war against democratic and secular values (Don't fool yourselves)! Maybe a voice of sanity in a wide ocean of madness.


Wise words from a wise man

Something for Obama to think about (aswell as our Europeian leaders).


Blogger JMK said...

GREAT quote and one commonly mis-attributed to Lincoln.

The Ten Cannots was written by Reverend William Boetcker, an immigrant from Germany and a forerunner to motivational speakers like Dale Carnegie, Norman Vincent Peale and Anthony Robbins.

An outspoken political conservative, Rev. Boetcker is perhaps best remembered for his authorship of a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots. Originally published in 1916, it is often misattributed to Abraham Lincoln. The error apparently stems from a leaflet printed in 1942 by a conservative political organization called the Committee for Constitutional Government. The leaflet bore the title "Lincoln on Limitations" and contained some genuine Lincoln quotations on one side and the "Ten Cannots" on the other, with the attributions juxtaposed. The mistake of crediting Lincoln for having been the source of "The Ten Cannots" has been repeated many times since, most notably by Ronald Reagan in a speech he gave at the 1992 Republican convention in Houston.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009 at 15:54:00 CEST

Blogger pela68 said...

Ahh- My bad. It was the first time I heard about the ten cannots. They just sounded at par with my own beliefs and it is the things that Lincoln would have said speaking from his heart. Thanks JMK!

Tuesday, 7 April 2009 at 23:53:00 CEST

Blogger JMK said...

You're NOT alone Pela!

As the article said, even Ronald reagan attributed those words to Lincoln in a major speech.

I know I'd always heard that quote as a "Lincoln quote" and the sentiments do seem to fit the man who once said, "I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master either."

It's only recently that I heard that this quote belonged to Reverend Boetcker.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009 at 05:36:00 CEST


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