What are the ‘7 National Crimes’?

On radio this morning, Glenn shared teachings of Rev. William J. H. Boetcker. Boetcker was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1837, and he was ordained a Presbyterian minister soon after he arrived to the United States. Perhaps his best-known works are his lists of ‘The 10 Cannots’ and ‘Seven National Crimes.’

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‘The 10 Cannots’ are often mistakenly attributed to President Abraham Lincoln, but it was Boetecker who first published them in 1916.

  1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
  10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

“Now, this a very complex guy. I’m not an expert on him, so if anybody is an expert on William John Henry Boetcker, I apologize,” Glenn said. “But from what I can gather about ten minutes of looking into him, he was a very complex man, who stood up for Germany – saying at the very beginning at least that Hitler is making things better. So he was not necessarily on the money, but some of the things that he has said are absolutely true.”

When you consider Boetcker’s German heritage, his list of the ‘Seven National Crimes’ is even more interesting:

  1. I don’t think.
  2. I don’t know.
  3. I don’t care.
  4. I am too busy.
  5. I leave well enough alone.
  6. I have no time to read and find out.
  7. I am not interested.

“The reason why he’s saying they are crimes is because it happens almost every generation. We sit here, and we are silent on things. We are silent on rounding up the Indians, rounding up the Germans, rounding up the Japanese,” Glenn explained. “Crimes like these happen every single generation… every country and every group of people commit them, until things become so horrific that there’s no way around the crime… Eventually causes everybody says, ‘Okay, wait a minute. I do care.’”

While in theory these crimes should be self-correcting, Glenn feared that present day America, much like Nazi Germany or Communist China, is not well-versed enough in history to understand the mistakes and correct them.

“Not enough of us have done enough history. We don’t know where we really did the bad things. It is easy to point to Germany and say, ‘Look what happened’… They did not want to see [the horrors of the concentration camps],” Glenn said. “How many of us are doing that right now? How many of us are doing that with the GOP?”

“We are committing these seven national crimes. And they will end exactly the same way it does in every generation, unless we say: I do think. I do know. I do care. There’s nothing more important to do with my time. I will not leave well enough alone. I will find the time to read and find out this answer. And unfortunately, I may not be interested because I’m tired. But because I am in the family of man, I must be interested, I must make the plight of all man’s freedom my plight.”

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely !!!!!!!!

  • Johnathan Read

    Another great insightful article by Glenn.
    A hat tip to his Research Staff, for their fantastic work.

  • landofaahs

    The federal reserve. Washington DC politicians. The federal income tax. Abortion. Destruction of traditional marriage. Socialism. Turning away from Jesus Christ.

    • Jim

      Germany being told they can’t even see their own gold…and what was returned to them had been melted! Trust issues!

      • landofaahs

        It was all a mix up don’t you know. Or maybe the air conditioning went out and it got hot and melted out of shape due to global warming and so we had to re-melt it.

        • Jim

          Well…that explains it. Thanks for clearing that up for me. Damn that global warming! It’s so bad, it’s melting gold at the Federal Reserve! ;))

          • landofaahs

            I would opt for the reason being that the federal reserve is located in the heart of hell and that’s why it’s so hot that the gold melted. Now that 80% of the people would believe.

          • Jim

            Thank you! I haven’t laughed so hard since I watched Jon Pinette (Netflix)! You nailed it!

  • landofaahs

    Truth doesn’t matter in America for too many people. Schadenfreude ist das zeitgeist.

  • Anonymous

    I would add (actually more of the same) You cannot keep men free by weakening them with entitlements.

    • ken.

      that’s already # 10

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    It sounds like a list of things liberals do when confronted with Obama’s record.


    Glen – do you CARE that the Sandy Hoax shootings were FAKE> ? I am 100% certain you know that this was a false flag attack, but are complicit in the cover up – SHAME on you

    • Mike Nelson

      False flag does not mean fake casualties.

      Post evidence or check yourself.

  • faxxmaxx

    Every one I know who is a democrat is guilty of at least one national crime. That’s why it’s so hard to talk to a liberal. They don’t know what they don’t know.

  • Anonymous

    Intense centralization is the catalyst. Federal this and Federal that mixed with money and power. It becomes so intense that people are intoxicated with it and just don’t notice what is happening. Some do and quietly leave or submit to the drunken horde or get executed. It took a, truly, World War (II) to stop the last one.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    unfortunately, i have this very apathy living in my house. they are unmovable, illogical. they can’t defend the silly things they want to say so they lie when they can’t find the truth–just make it up as they go along. this person is truly lost and i’ve been there to practically spoon-feed the direction toward linking the facts and looking at the evidence and still, they want to be who/what they want to be.

    imagine now, someone who doesn’t have anyone there challenging them. as a matter of fact, they get encouragement from all the wrong people. they get confirmation from their teachers, preachers, politicians and president that they are okay.

    so what does one do? i can’t fix an unfixable thing. i can’t get mad enough at it and i’m sure not gonna laugh at it ’cause it’s not funny — there’s nothing funny about it. people are really sick out there.

    we need a miracle.

  • ken.

    great campaign ads for conservatives.

  • Fat Lip

    When I say that I’m OK well they look at me kind of strange surely your not happy now you no longer play the game I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and around I really love to watch them role i’m no longer riding on the merry -go- around John Lennon 1980
    I just had to let go .
    Gods law = love one and other
    Mans laws = around and around until = I don’t care

  • Anonymous

    I TOOK NOTE-I will read and I will care.I am interested.Thanks for sharing that Glenn.Every generation commits these.I admit I do too.We have to change that if were going to save our nation.

  • Anonymous

    I TOOK NOTE-I will read and I will care.I am interested.Thanks for sharing that Glenn.Every generation commits these.I admit I do too.We have to change that if were going to save our nation.

  • fire lion

    1. Cannot create prosperity by taking from the earth without protecting it.

    2. Cannot create strength by global world control ( ask Bush)

    3. Cannot help little men by giving big men more money and influence

    4. Cannot live by a wage that is determined by the Greed of the makers

    5. There would be no poor if there is no rich

    6. You cannot create sound security on a system of greed.

    7. A society cannot last if 1% of the population has 99% of the power.

    8. You cannot keep out of trouble if you try and police more than your own borders.

    9. You cannot create a free society from barbaric laws based on fictional beings.

    10. You cannot make men good by telling them they will go to hell if they dont love a 2000 year old jewish guy.

    • Brad James


    • Scott Todd

      Atheist nations have horrible human rights track records.

  • Anonymous

    Those who are silent are not always those who are inactive.

  • Socialism: Organized Evil

    At the end of the proverbial day, preserving liberty is up to each of us: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • TopAssistant

    I get the same responses when I ask this question: “Is the Muslim Brotherhood in North America (MB)(Ikhwan) our friend or foe? Please provide me with links to the source material that provides you with your view(s).”

    You can buy a copy of their plan to destroy America at Amazon for only $5.00 An Explanatory Memorandum: From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America or, you can read an online copy here at The Oak Initiative website: http://www.theoakinitiative.org/pdfs/teamb/15-Shariah-The-Threat-to-America-Team-B-Report-Web-285-308.pdf

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