Please watch the following videos. It will take about an hour of your time and you will be better informed and it beats watching coverage of lipstick on pigs or going to the mall with the rest of America.
Warning: all the clips are from PBS, so if you are a conservative you might actually hear things you nevere heard before (except for Part 2 of Bill Moyers, which is about hate speech.)
Bill Moyers' Journal - Part Two (25 min 11 sec)
Bill Moyers' Journal - Part One (19 min 32 sec)
Now - Part One (8 min 59 sec)
Now - Part Two (11 min 20 sec)
Update: Just found this great op-ed by the always sharp, always witty Sarah Vowell.