Monday, November 3, 2008

House divided

People feel so passionately about this presidential election;I hope that after it’s over, we can reunite behind one administration. I say this with the most personal of experience. Right now, I am living in one of those homes divided by political allegiances.

I hope that after the election, my husband and I can get back to being married people instead of complete and total foes. How the heck do Mary Matalin and James Carville stay together? Arnold and Maria always seem to get along, too. How do they do that?

Part of it is the situation the nation is in right now. There’s a lot to fret about. This ain’t no popularity contest. This is serious. My husband and I both are most worried about the economy. We need revived. My husband is so devoted to his candidate that he can’t see a rise from the ashes if this person is not elected. I sorta feel the same.

I don’t feel my husband has thoroughly analyzed the issues, and I think he’s listening to propaganda and believing every word. He doesn’t think I have the big picture at all.

He thinks I have “drunk the Kool-Aid.” I think he is making a dangerously uninformed vote.

We have two TVs, and I watch the news for every bit of info I can get. He watches bull riding and NASCAR because he does not need info. He’s made up his mind and does not want to be confused by any late-emerging facts.

The campaign ads are aggravating to both of us. He believes his candidate would not approve misconstrued facts or quotes taken out of context. I think he’s naive. He thinks I am cynical.

The closer it gets to Election Day, the more worried I am about the great divide that has occurred between us. Plus, I am pretty sure that he is going to let the air out of my tires or some such shenanigan so I can’t get to the polls to cast my vote.

I wonder how it will be after the election. Can we get back to being friends? We have some really important stuff to do together. Like landscaping. If we can’t get along, we’ll never get those yard projects done. And picking new furniture? What a mess. And choosing the right path that will keep us solvent and bills paid? That big remodel project? We need to agree or we’ll go to hell.

Will our nation be like that, too? Would Americans that feel so passionately about Sen. McCain be able to handle Sen. Obama as our nation’s leader? Would Obama supporters handle a McCain victory? Will we be a nation of parties not speaking to each other?

That can’t be. We have to go into this election with it in our heads that no matter what, we come out on the other side united. We’ve got some critical remodeling to do.