Politics & Marriage: A House Divided (At Least We Can Laugh About It)

This is my lawn. One of these signs (the smart one in the foreground) belongs to me…the other belongs to my loving husband. Aren’t we obnoxious? We’ve actually had neighbors stop as they are driving by and make fun of us. We totally deserve it. When it comes to politics we are a house divided. You know how they say most couples fight about money or sex? Well, my husband and I fight about politics. And election years are a major stresser for us. We can’t watch anything dealing with politics while sitting in the same room as eachother (SNL parodies being the obvious exception). We actually race each other to the phone when it’s a political survey call, just hoping to be the one who gets to speak their political mind. (Mind you, I have a serious advantage in that department being home full-time.) We both fully realize that when we go to the polls we just cancel each other’s votes out. So this year I had considered poisoning his dinner the night before the election. But wouldn’t you know it? He’ll be travelling on election day so he’s already voted early. So much for food poisoning. *Of course, I kid…kind of.* I hold out legitimate hope that I will someday convince him to come to his senses and see it my way. I just need to keep chipping away at him. But until then we will continue to wage our political war passive-aggressively on our front lawn. It isn’t easy being married to your political opposite. It isn’t easy…but it’s always interesting.

Comments

  1. Oh, my gosh, this is hilarious. I was just out handing out political pamphlets today but I didn’t see any homes with signs from both sides! Fortunately, my husband and I are on the same side politically — we worked together to hand out pamphlets.

    And by the way, we’re on your side ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lucky you…to get to be out campaigning with your husband! So romantic. ๐Ÿ™‚ And fantastic news that you were out working for the right team too! Good for you. Can’t wait to see what happens on Tuesday.

  3. The husband and I used to be politically divided. I must admit he eventually won me over – though it didn’t take much effort. I was not happy at all with what I was seeing on my former side.

  4. So you’re saying there’s hope…for my husband to wise up and see things my way? ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. It went well last night! ๐Ÿ™‚ Even better than I hoped.

    • Yes!!! I’m so proud! And luckily, my husband was out of town for work last night so he didn’t have to listen to my gloating and carrying on. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love it! And I’m glad you are both able to express your views and don’t worry what the neighbors think.

  7. Marie, so proud of you for posting this because, finally, a post that is so genuine and real!

  8. At least your husband is politically aware and active. When my husband and I first started dating, I asked whether he voted in the last election (we’re Canadian, btw) and when he was able to answer several skill-testing vote questions, I was satisfied. It’s so important to be engaged. It’s the bare minimum for being a responsible citizen, I think.

    • I think my husband and I are both more engaged in politics because of our “discussions.” We each want to know the facts, and know for sure where we stand so we can prove the other wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚

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