Food for Thought

Whatever your opinion of Abraham Lincoln, you must agree the man knew how to articulate his thoughts. My friend at Spellcheck posted these words from Lincoln the other day, which I have taken and put into a “bullet” format. I believe he spoke these words in an address before Congress. They didn’t nor did any future Congress give his words much credence.

  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You can not help small men by tearing big men down
  • You can not help the poor by destroying the rich.
  • You can not lift the wage-earner by pulling the wage-payer down.
  • You can not keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
  • You can not further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You can not establish sound social security on borrowed money.
  • You can not build character and courage by taking away a mans initiative and independence.
  • You can not help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Likewise, you may or may not be a fan of Ayn Rand, but she too knew how to articulate her thoughts. The warning below comes from her 1957 book, Atlas Shrugged, which I snagged for a Zero Hedge post:

When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed

That should be enough food for thought for one day.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

 

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4 thoughts on “Food for Thought

  1. Obviously Lincoln and Rand were racists who didn’t care about the black man. I for one pledge loyalty to my government overlords and as as conservative/libertarian blogger remind the IRS that I can be quite handy helping them track down anti-statist conservatives.

  2. Rand’s statement nails it. The aristocracy will find new ways and pass laws to protect their wealth and that clearly includes paying Congress to write a fantastic tax code. The best money can buy. And since we already have the best health insurance money can buy- how about passing another tax on the hoi polloi which forces the middle class to pay for the poor and uninsured.

    What aristocrat wouldn’t love that?

  3. Oh dude… You really should have been able to read this and realize pretty much right away that this has nothing to do with Lincoln at all, Lincoln would never have said most of that, for a variety of reasons. What this is is a list of special interest right wing talking points from a hundred years ago. When read between the lines, it is a classist, almost aristocratic,

    If it makes you feel any better, Ronald Reagan made the same mistake.

    JMJ

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