Black Reagan Redux

| September 21, 2010

I caught O'bummer yammering out of the corner of my ear a while back and something he said stuck with me for the irony of it...

Remarks by the President on the Economy in Parma, Ohio
Cuyahoga Community College West Campus, Parma, Ohio
I believe government should be lean; government should be efficient. I believe government should leave people free to make the choices they think are best for themselves and their families, so long as those choices don’t hurt others.

But in the words of the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, I also believe that government should do for the people what they cannot do better for themselves. And that means making the long-term investments in this country’s future that individuals and corporations can't make on their own: investments in education and clean energy, in basic research and technology and infrastructure.

Of course that doesn't turn out to be the ironic part, Socialist Commie Kenyan sekrit muslin using a great American's words against the very part of Lincoln. Forget that any student of history that knows anything about our nation's first Republican president knows that he'd be considered far to liberal for today's GOP. The supporting evidence is damning; speaking out against the Mexican-American War, the Revenue Act of 1861 creating the first U.S. income tax, suppressing State's Rights in favor of the Federal government's prerogatives regarding slavery and the resulting civil war. Not to mention possibly gay!

The ironic part, it turns out, is that Lincoln never said, "I believe that government should do for the people what they cannot do better for themselves." That was some speech writer's very liberally interpreted paraphrase of, "You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves," which in itself was a quote attributed to Lincoln in one of those retarded conservative chainmails your Aunt or Uncle forward you at least once a week. The person who actually said that was Rev. William J. H. Boetcker, a favorite of one Ronald Reagan:
An outspoken political conservative, Rev. Boetcker is perhaps best remembered for his authorship of a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots. Originally published in 1916, it is often misattributed to Abraham Lincoln. The error apparently stems from a leaflet printed in 1942 by a conservative political organization called the Committee for Constitutional Government. The leaflet bore the title "Lincoln on Limitations" and contained some genuine Lincoln quotations on one side and the "Ten Cannots" on the other, with the attributions switched. The mistake of crediting Lincoln for having been the source of "The Ten Cannots" has been repeated many times since, most notably by Ronald Reagan in a speech he gave at the 1992 Republican convention in Houston.

So not only do O'bummer and his top advisors listen to Andrew Breitbart & Fox News for policy advice... they're taking to heart the wisdom of crank chain e-mails. Thankyou sir may I have another!
To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last--but eat you he will. - Ronald Reagan

Update: Right on time...

Republican lawmaker: Reagan would face 'tough time' in today's GOP