Thursday, March 15, 2007

Beware the Ides of March

Julius Ceasar was killed this day in 44 BC. Did anyone celebrate the Ides of March by wearing a Toga? or getting an Orange Julius? me either.

But, it has made me think a little about politics. And the more I think about the upcoming election, the more I realize I don't know very much. Not much about the possible candidates other than if they get on my nerves or not. Not much about issues. Not much about anything...

Now, I don't mind being a little bit naive, but I would like to be a bit more with it.

So how does one go about educating one's self politically? Do you have a favorite news source or political blog that you read? Do you discuss politics with your friends? Do you listen to Rush Limbyuck? Do you participate in marches or canvassing? burn your bra? chain yourself to the courthouse steps?

Really. I want to know more, but I don't know where to start. Please give me your best tips.

"The following story, too, is told by many. A certain seer warned Caesar to be on his guard against a great peril on the day of the month of March which the Romans call the Ides; and when the day had come and Caesar was on his way to the senate-house, he greeted the seer with a jest and said: "Well, the Ides of March are come," and the seer said to him softly: "Ay, they are come, but they are not gone."


Deanne said...

Do I burn my bra??? I'd like to! :)

Sorry, that didn't really answer your question. I think I'm in the same boat as you. I don't know too much about politics. However I do trust my husband and he does know what's going on. I know, it's not the best for me to lean on him for all political advice, but he sure helps! I'm not sure where exactly to go, but I think you can look at a candidates voting in the senate as a guide to where they truly stand on certain issues. There's gotta be a site that gives you that kind of info, right?

Elizabeth-W said...

I think you just have to read read read. And it's really gonna cut into your bloggy time :)
I like to read Slate magazine--slate dot com.

wendy said...

Deanne - voting records. good idea.

Elizabeth - slate dot com. check.

Amanda said...

I'm with you. Sometimes it is easier to be naive rather than face the awfulness around us. Though there is much good too, and it is good to be educated about whom you vote for.

No Cool Story said...

I am with Elizabeth: read read read.
Can't really trust the talking heads, but one thing I can tell you IMNTBHO, CNN is so left wing and pro Palestinian is not even funny, can't stand them :)

As for candidates, I tend avoid all their back and forth bickering on TV/radio ads (I hate that), I want to hear what they think, what they believe from their own mouths.