There is an e-mail that periodically goes around in defense of the wealthy business owner and rich right wing Republican that attempts to use the words of the beloved President Abe Lincoln as a warning against helping those less fortunate than themselves. It is also sent to silence the masses by making them see the light.
Generally the masses are quieter; tamer and more docile and as such will be silenced by an intelligent campaign such as this. As proof I offer the Democrats vs. the Repugnants, sorry I meant Republicans in recent history. Every time there is an issue that divides the two political camps it seems as though the Dems are less vocal and less mean in their rebuttals. While there is passion on the fringes of both sides the fanatics of the Democratic party arm themselves with words while the religious right arms themselves with guns. (Tiller - Holocaust Museum.)
Getting back to Abe Lincoln the words being sent around sound very wise. Below is the actual quote attributed to the 16th President. The paragraph following his words is an opposing view of their meaning.
I report, you decide.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
BUT THE RICH FEEL VICE VERSA WORKS
SO THE STRONG FEED OFF THEM INSTEAD
SEMANTICS – NOTHING IS 100%
BUT ALL SHOULD BENEFIT EQUALLY IN RISE
AMEN, SO STOP INSTILLING DISDAIN FOR THOSE WITH LESS
TRUE, SO STOP IT! IT WORKS BOTH WAYS
AGREED BUT YOU CAN HELP THEM BY ALLOWING THEIR DEEDS TO BENEFIT THEM AT LEAST PARTLY INSTEAD OF TAKING ALL BECAUSE YOU CAN!