“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” ~ Attributed to several sources
Our country’s current president is influencing my reading habits.
His repeated attacks on the press inspired me to subscribe to the Washington Post, a publication that I’ve enjoyed referring to daily, increasing my understanding of current events and varied political views. I’m thinking about subscribing to the “failing” New York Times, too.
Later, the president attacked The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, by Jon Meacham, so I immediately purchased it. I enjoyed gaining an understanding of how America has overcome injustices and discrimination in the past that threatened the ideals of democracy and equal rights.
The president also inspired me to purchase and read the Constitution of the United States. Maybe I should send him a copy.
Isn’t it ironic that a president who doesn’t read has inspired my reading and learning? He’s also influenced my thinking about the importance of independent branches of government and how this design has helped the United States resist those who would destroy its highest ideals.