Ten Tenets of Conservatism that are Antidotes to Liberalism


The 2016 presidential election season has begun and already the left is attacking the Republicans.

They have already begun to tear down our more conservative presidential candidates. Popular Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been atop most polls recently, is a perfect example, with the left’s lame attempt to cast him as a dunce due to his not graduating from college. Evidently that has really hindered him as the chief executive of a large state.

Simultaneously, leftist insiders are feeding the press with what they believe to be winning issues for the Democrats. One such issue is income inequality which we’ve already heard Obama pushing.

Last week the LA Times wrote a piece entitled “Income inequality emerges as a key issue in 2016 presidential campaign.” Has it really? Of course it has, because the left feels it’s a winning issue.

The Times writes that voters have noticed the income gap and cites a Gallup poll released the week before showing “two thirds of Americans said they were dissatisfied with the way income and wealth are distributed in the U.S.”

Did you catch that? I was unaware that income and wealth were “distributed.” Sounds rather socialistic as it is intended to be.

This whole distribution and inequality thing got me to thinking about the “Ten Cannots” penned in 1916 by a Presbyterian clergymen and pamphlet writer William J.H. Boetcker.

By sheer coincidence they were written during the reign of the now second worst president in American history, Woodrow Wilson.

These Ten Cannots are a perfect example of “there are no new ideas,” and these Cannots apply today as they did 99 years ago.

  1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. Our governments tax savings, interest, and investments. Obama tried to tax school savings plans. Although shelved, that idea is far from dead.
  2. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.You didn’t build that, the evil 1%, etc.
  3. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. This is a consummate socialist ploy. Don’t encourage people to achieve — drag achievers down and spread the misery evenly.
  4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. Why become a wage earner when you can get a free wage from somebody else, kind of like slavery?
  5. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.This is another great populist mantra that is alive and well in the 2015 Democrat Party. Poor people don’t create jobs.
  6. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. Every person who brings home a paycheck knows this, but since the government can print money and we can’t, the principle doesn’t apply to government.
  7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. Envy is a destroyer, “rottenness of the bones” (Prov. 14:30).
  8. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. Last quarter the government confiscated $1 trillion in taxes. Yes, in one quarter! Yet we still had a spending deficit of over $200 billion. Our government spent $1.2 trillion in 90 days!
  9. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence. There comes a point where high taxes affect a person’s initiative to work harder for diminishing returns.
  10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves. Almost a third of our population is unemployed or underemployed, yet they are all still eating, collecting a myriad of handouts and fast losing that initiative – the natural human will to support themselves and their families – to do for themselves. And it is all by Democrat design to bleed the initiative and independence out of us all.
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