The Ides of March

It’s March 15, a date made notorious by the prophecy told by a soothsayer (according to Shakespeare) to Julius Caesar: “beware the Ides of March.” If only he had listened.

An anonymous group has organized a postcard-writing campaign to the President timed for the Ides of March. While I do not endorse the ominous implications of using the Ides of March to communicate with a leader, I find the overall intent playfully amusing. Here’s what they write:

No alternative fact or Russian translation will explain away our record-breaking, officially-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of fury. Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces in a year. We’re setting a new record: over a million pieces in a day.

Today, I wrote a postcard to the president with a very simple message:

“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” wrote Abraham Lincoln. Please begin to govern for the united, not for the divided. It begins by listening.

It’s my contribution to breaking Hank Aaron’s record.

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