Berkeley, Sunday February 23, 2020 2:55 AM
A good leader owns the right to think and believe. Plenty of good things have been written about Theodore Roosevelt. Edmund Morris, himself, wrote a series of three books about T Rex. While those are in my bookshelf waiting for a time, after I finish my current side book, Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, and the next in the list in the Rocks Don’t Lie by David R. Montgomery. In any I just wanted to release what I had in my mind, about some leaders. I alert that I normally write some facts, recalling things by memory, rather than going now back to the sources.
President Theodore Roosevelt, not only wrote his own speeches, but also wrote 40 books. I think he used to read at least one book per day. There is an article of his reading habits, which I might need to link to this blog, if I reviewed, otherwise, please just do a Google search, if you are interested.
My point is that a leader should be bold enough to own his mind.
In my life time, I have seen that in Governor Edmund Jerry Brown, and I would say in President Rafael Correa as well.
Of course one needs advisers, and I assume those experts would right some parts, when one needs to deliver a speech that is a kind of report.
I will not expand further here. I might own, what I can call, eulogy? to President Roosevelt, though I have know already plenty of his life, such as he had 6 children. He studied at Harvard and Yale. He was Senator and then Governor of New York. (I only checked the number of children. Again giving my heads up about the facts). In his first term as a President of The United States, he assumed the office after President McKinley (I just checked his name) was assassinated. I believe that before his potential third term, when former President Roosevelt decided to run as a Progressive, a party that he founded for that election in 1916? (please check the date), instead of running for his former Republican Party. An election that he lost. Well the point he gave a speech even after receiving a gun shot on the chest, which apparently the with of his speech, and perhaps? his glasses saved his life at least. Although, that shot seems that deteroirated his health.
Anyways, after losing those third term elections, he had a trip to the Amazon. My field of study. He wrote a book about it.
He was a fan of hunting. He seems that enjoyed horseback ridding. He came to Yosemite Park and met the great John Muir there. He camped there. While a love of nature, and conservationist himself. He also was a practical man. I do not know when the Hetch Hetchy Dam was planned. I did not invested that much time in just reading the headlines in google from that interaction. I am just recalling from readings of a while ago that camping of T.R. was not enough to discourage the flooding of the Hetch Hetchy valley which John Muir was advocating for.
To say something for concluding this mixture of topics is the advocacy of reading and writing, even outside of the course work or work load.
Plenty of people are fast comprehensive readers. That is not my case yet. As a small book take me a month or two reading in bites of two or four pages before bedtime, depending the day. I think rarely somedays is more, as I also need to keep up with my class readings.
Note: As T-Rex I referred to an acronym of President Theodore Roosevelt’s name, based on one of the book’s title from Edmund Morris, rather than a description of his appearance, which by the way would be closer to a rhino rather than tyrannosaurus. All of this with great respect to an excellent president. I am sure he could have taken it.