The Ten Cannots – Quote

This Too Will Pass AKA The Ten Cannots

  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Reverend William J.H. Boetcker (1916)

Andrew’s Note:  Grumpy G shared this quote with me and I thought it was misattributed because it sounded too contemporary.  I looked it up and yep, it was written by a Presbyterian Minister nearly a century ago…timeless truths.  Anybody have the President’s e-mail handy?  I think this would be a better sermon for the First Family than another one of Jeremiah Wright’s.

Girl Scout Law

Andrew’s Note: April 22nd is Girl Scout Leader’s Day which honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors with Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scout Law:

I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

via Girl Scout Promise and Law

Benjamin Franklin on Preparation – Today’s Quote

By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin

ICE Agent Being ‘Frozen’ Out by Agency

The latest addition to the Prepography Wall of Honor is an unidentified Immigration & Customs Enforcement Officer (ICE).

For those of you new to our site The Wall of Honor is for those that do the right thing when faced with a difficult choice. Our recipients aren’t perfect…no one is… but the behavior they’ve demonstrated in the relevant article is behavior that we want the rest of our society to emulate. If you have someone you’d like us to recognize then use our contact page to send us your nomination, a link or description of the person and activity as well as your rational for the nomination.

“They’re punishing law enforcement officers who are just trying to uphold U.S. law,” said Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council. Crane is a union representative acting on the unidentified officer’s behalf.

The officer under fire is an 18-year law enforcement and military veteran.


Hero lifeguard who was fired after saving man outside his ‘zone’ offered back his job | Fox News

A Florida lifeguard who was fired after leaving his beach zone to save a drowning man has been offered his job back.

Tomas Lopez, 21, who was sacked by employer Jeff Ellis & Associates after his heroics Monday at Hallendale Beach, 18 miles north of Miami, should never have been fired, Jeff Ellis told the Sun-Sentinel Thursday.

“I am of the opinion that the supervisors acted hastily, ” Ellis said. “It was not the appropriate course of action to take,” he said.

via Hero lifeguard who was fired after saving man outside his ‘zone’ offered back his job | Fox News.

Tomas Lopez joins our Wall of Honor for doing the right thing in spite of company rules.  Rules and regulations that prohibit doing the ‘right’ thing for liability reasons are amoral and should be ignored.  Due to public pressure the hero lifeguard has been offered his job back…his nine coworkers who quit in solidarity or expressed support for Lopez haven’t been so lucky.

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America (Declaration of Independence)

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Read the remainder of the transcript at the website of our National Archives.

United States Military Oaths of Office

The wordings of the current oath of enlistment and oath for commissioned officers are as follows:

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

It’s important to note that the oaths are taken to support & defend the Constitution.  This gives us an additional layer of protection against potential despotism in that the military is obligated first and foremost to the ideals of our founders and the supreme law of the land.

Creed of The United States Coast Guardsman

I am proud to be a United States Coast Guardsman.

I revere that long line of expert seamen who by their devotion to duty and sacrifice of self have made it possible for me to be a member of a service honored and respected, in peace and in war, throughout the world.

I never, by word or deed, will bring reproach upon the fair name of my service, nor permit others to do so unchallenged.

I will cheerfully and willingly obey all lawful orders.

I will always be on time to relieve, and shall endeavor to do more, rather than less, than my share.

I will always be at my station, alert and attending to my duties.

I shall, so far as I am able, bring to my seniors solutions, not problems.

I shall live joyously, but always with due regard for the rights and privileges of others.

I shall endeavor to be a model citizen in the community in which I live.

I shall sell life dearly to an enemy of my country, but give it freely to rescue those in peril.

With God’s help, I shall endeavor to be one of His noblest Works…

The Constitution of the United States


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

On this date, 224 years ago New Hampshire became the nineth State to ratify our Constitution.  Nine of the Thirteen original States were the minimum required for the Constitution to be consider ‘ratified’ by the Nation.

To view the full transcript in it’s original form on the website of our National Archives continue here.  To view the Bill of Rights and Amendments continue here.


The Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
     of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:

     one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.

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