Please tell me how would cassius and brutus fair as today's politicians!atleast 350 - 400 words altogether..

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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They wouldn't be able to survive because politicians of today are extremely flexible and able to change positions quickly and auspiciously as if they kept their same position all along. Cassius and Brutus were too idealistic and not pragmatic as to outcomes.  They weren't able to judge outcomes successfully and top be a skilled politician, one has to play many endgame scenarios. Politicians would never commit "suicide," they always find a way to come back.  That's another reason why they would fail in today's world.

  Why do they have to be able to change positions "quickly and auspiciously" and be extremely flexible?  Does this mean that they have to lick their finger, hold it up in the air, find out the way the wind is blowing, and then follow the wind that will get them reelected?  If it is, I think it's what's wrong with politics today.  There is nothing wrong with being a person of principle, someone who stands for something even though the winds blow in another direction (unless, of course, things in the future change so that adjustments are required) ... but these adjustment are reactions to the real world and not to the world.of.reelection.  Of course, I don't know if this is what you mean; this is just how I read your post.

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Cassius would fit right in with Lee Atwater, Karl Rove, and other politicians who stimulate fear and envy to try to defeat their opponents. Cassius insinuates himself into Brutus's thoughts and plants the seeds that eventually grow into a full-blown assassination plot.

Brutus would probably fare pretty well, given his innate integrity and his belief in the Republic.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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They wouldn't be able to survive because politicians of today are extremely flexible and able to change positions quickly and auspiciously as if they kept their same position all along. Cassius and Brutus were too idealistic and not pragmatic as to outcomes.  They weren't able to judge outcomes successfully and top be a skilled politician, one has to play many endgame scenarios. Politicians would never commit "suicide," they always find a way to come back.  That's another reason why they would fail in today's world.

  Why do they have to be able to change positions "quickly and auspiciously" and be extremely flexible?  Does this mean that they have to lick their finger, hold it up in the air, find out the way the wind is blowing, and then follow the wind that will get them reelected?  If it is, I think it's what's wrong with politics today.  There is nothing wrong with being a person of principle, someone who stands for something even though the winds blow in another direction (unless, of course, things in the future change so that adjustments are required) ... but these adjustment are reactions to the real world and not to the world.of.reelection.  Of course, I don't know if this is what you mean; this is just how I read your post.

Yes they do.  According to a few reports from Congressional Quarterly, 70% of politicians change sides on issues for funding reasons. That doesn't mean that they change core political platform beliefs.  Just in my state alone, The Evening Bulletin newspaper quotes sources as saying that our congressmen changed sides on over 28 issues already. It is a sad commentary, but nonetheless, career politicians know that political ruthlessness is far superior than morality or idealism. Cassius and Brutus would never stand a chance in today's world.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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They wouldn't be able to survive because politicians of today are extremely flexible and able to change positions quickly and auspiciously as if they kept their same position all along. Cassius and Brutus were too idealistic and not pragmatic as to outcomes.  They weren't able to judge outcomes successfully and top be a skilled politician, one has to play many endgame scenarios. Politicians would never commit "suicide," they always find a way to come back.  That's another reason why they would fail in today's world.

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