For the 2016 Election – Time to Revisit the 10 Cannots

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 not completing 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.

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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.

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The Times writes that voters have noticed the income gap and cites a Gallup poll released the week prior 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.

This whole distribution and inequality thing got me to thinking of an article I wrote some time ago entitled the “10 Tenets of Conservatism.”

Although falsely attributed to honest Abe Lincoln, these “10 Cannots” were actually 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 10 Cannots are a perfect example of “there are no new ideas” – and these Cannots apply today at least as accurately as they did 99 years ago.

1: You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. But what does our government do? They tax savings, interest, and investments in one’s future. Obama tried even to tax 529 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 & 5: You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. 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.

6, 7 & 8: You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. These are the cornerstone of today’s Keynesian Democrats. Last quarter, the government took in $1 trillion. 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 & 10: You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves. Almost 1/3 of our population is unemployed or underemployed, yet they are all still eating, collecting a myriad of handouts and fast losing that initiative – that natural human will to support themselves and their families – to do for themselves. And it is all by Democrat design – a design to bleed that initiative and independence out of us all.

99 years ago, yet these “10 Cannots” could’ve been crafted yesterday.

Maybe it’s time our candidates revisit them.

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