The Ten Cannots by Rev. William J. H. Boetcker

Rev William J. H. Boetcker
Rev William J. H. Boetcker

An outspoken political conservative, Rev. William J. H. Boetcker is perhaps best remembered for his authorship of a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots, originally published in 1916, that emphasizes freedom and responsibility of the individual on himself. 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 switched. The mistake of crediting Lincoln for “The Ten Cannots” has been repeated, notably by Ronald Reagan in his address to the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston, and by John Kasich on Fox News Sunday in 2015.

There are several minor variants of the pamphlet in circulation, but the most commonly accepted version appears below:

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.

Los “Diez No Se Puede” por el Reverendo William J. H. Boetcker

No se puede lograr prosperidad alentando el despilfarro.
No se puede ayudar a los humildes derribando a los acaudalados.
No se puede fortalecer al débil debilitando al fuerte.
No se puede elevar al asalariado derribando al que paga.
No se puede ayudar al pobre destruyendo al rico.
No puede evitarse los problemas gastando más que los ingresos.
No se puede fomentar la hermandad de los hombres incitando al odio de clases.
No se puede establecer garantía sobre el dinero prestado.
No se puede desarrollar el carácter y el coraje quitándole al hombre la iniciativa y la independencia.
No se puede ayudar a los hombres permanentemente haciendo por ellos lo que ellos podrían y deberían hacer por sí mismos.

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