Leaders Are Readers!
Many years ago President John F. Kennedy hosted a dinner for the 1962 Nobel Laureates. At that dinner, he said, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
Wow! Pretty impressive, wouldn’t you agree? How did Jefferson become so accomplished? Well, let’s start with the fact that he wouldn’t have been able to write the Declaration of Independence and his famous, “All men are created equal,” if he hadn’t voraciously read deeply and widely on the Enlightenment Age and its brilliant authors, such as Spinoza, Rousseau, Newton, Montesquieu, Locke, Descartes, Hobbs, and Voltaire.
In addition, Thomas Jefferson never would have been able to make the Louisiana Purchase if he, as a strict constructionist who argued a very narrow interpretation of our Constitution, hadn’t closely read the Constitution of the United States. Jefferson struggled with the decision of making the Louisiana Purchase because nowhere in the Constitution did it give the President of the United States the authority to purchase land. However, because Thomas Jefferson had read the Constitution so closely he also realized that nowhere in the Constitution did it forbid the President of the United States to purchase land.
Walah! Problem solved! Louisiana Territory purchased! Lewis and Clark get to go on a journey of undaunted courage. And shortly after we’re all singing songs about sea to shining sea! Thomas Jefferson made this country big and he made this country great! Because Thomas Jefferson was a great reader and a great leader he was able to legally expand our country and subsequently our vision!
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* The difference between two teens today and ten years from today will be the books they read and the people they talked to!
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