BLOG: Honest Abe admits, 'I didn't write it'

Tom Jackson
Oct 4, 2011


Thursday's paper (8-29) has a letter to the editor from Ronald Kaufman of Sandusky, which features a series of aphorisms that you've probably read before, e.g.:

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

And so on. Kaufman wrote that the author was Abraham Lincoln.

"Many years ago, I clipped the above quotation from this paper and framed it to hang on my wall to guide me through life," Kaufman wrote.

Actually, it wasn't Lincoln who said those things. It was the Rev. William John Henry Boetcker, a Presbyterian minister and public speaker you've likely never heard of. Almost as good, huh?

Boetcker came up with the sayings in 1916, according to this debunking article on More here.

If you've never gotten an email of the "You cannot" maxims attributed to Lincoln, you may have gotten one containing the "Wear sunscreen" commencement address that Kurt Vonnegut gave at MIT.

Vonnegut didn't write that, either. A Chicago newspaper columnist named Mary Schmich did. You can read her column here.





Adam said to Eve: "Never tell the truth, if a lie will do ya better".



Eph 2 8-10

The Bible does NOT say,  money is the root of evil".

It DOES say, "the LOVE of money is the root of all kinds of evil"

Anything we communicate will get twisted according to the mind it enters.

AJ Oliver

  Mr. Kaufman should understand that ALL taxes are "redistributionist" - school taxes,
highway taxes, police & fire, etc..  The only way to avoid them is to move to Somalia -
where there is no government, no taxes, and political power is exercised at gunpoint.

   In fact, the U.S. is more wealthy now than it has ever been.  There are plenty of
resources available to pay for education, transportation systems, libraries, health care
for all, and much more.

   What's different now is that many among the wealthy are refusing to pay their fair
share of taxes.  They appear to not understand their responsibility to "give back" to the
country which gave them their education, common defense, and opportunities to succeed.

   Tax cuts for the rich have NOT resulted in more jobs - neither in Ohio or nationally. 

   Ronald Reagan understood this.  He was much more forceful on this issue than Obama.

   This is what "Occupy Wall Street" is all about - the wealthy who want it all, and are
driving the rest of us to penury.   


@ Tom Jackson      Thanks for posting this.

Rev. William John Henry Boetcker (1873 – 1962) was a great thinker in his time.

The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone.
William J. H. Boetcker


I don’t think

I don’t know

I don’t care

I am too busy

I leave well enough alone

I have no time to read and find out

I am not interested

Almost 100 years later, Boetcker's wisdom still applies.

Man refuses to look back on history and learn from it. The vast majority of people and voters in particular are guilty of the SEVEN NATIONAL CRIMES. Locally there is a forum for the voters to ask the candidates questions. 

The Sandusky Register put up the forum for questions and answers to and from the candidates. It appears that nobody is interested in the candidates that are running for office. Perhaps those who refuse to ask the candidates questions are guilty of the Seven National Crimes.

Only 2 candidates have answered the questions from Sarah Weber. Where are the others? Are the candidates who do not participate in answering questions from Sarah and others guilty of the Seven National Crimes? ABSOLUTELY!   I will work hard to keep the candidates who don't think, don't know, don't care, too busy, not interested and happy with the status quo from getting elected. We have far too many in elected positions who live by the Seven National Crimes.







Glib words, no substance
Great man's wit lends weight to it.
Well said, professor.


Abe Lincoln is probably the most misattributed man in America.

Boetcker is not the first pseudo-christian preacher to pander to his wealthy congregation by making them feel good about their greedy selfishness.

This is not the first time specious drivel was misattributed to give the illusion of value. Sometimes it works; mostly on lazy, stupid people.

6079 Smith W

"Wear Sunscreen"?

"Drink Beer" is far less pretentious and funnier:


An income tax.


Military conscription of the poor as cannon fodder.

Suspension of the writ of habeas corpus.

The exile of political opponents.

The creation of the State of W. Virginia in order to win re-election.

Lincoln was a @#$% dictator and the originator of big oppressive govt. in the U.S.