A House Divided

Elephant 1My beloved Uncle Henry once counseled 9-year-old me never to discuss politics or religion in polite company. Back then, I had no idea what he meant.

Now I do.

I live in a house divided politically. I am of one political persuasion; Robert is of another. The specifics don’t matter. But you will never see a yard sign in front of our house. You’ll never listen to us hold a reasoned discussion about one issue or another. As impassioned, hard-headed opposites, we just can’t talk politics. Or even agree to a candidate’s yard sign.

Some couples make it work. James Carville and Mary Matalin have parlayed their differences into a career and also a second book with a wonderful title, Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home. The pair spoke recently at UT Arlington’s Maverick Speaker Series, where they discussed how they make their “mixed marriage” work.

Robert and I do agree on one point: the importance of voting. Yes, we usually cancel each other’s vote. Both of us are fine with that. We still vote. We know that we can’t complain about election outcomes if we don’t participate. We think our input at the ballot box matters.

Too many of us don’t vote, for lots of “good” reasons. I won’t list them; you know what they are.

Voting is such a basic right in this country that we take it for granted. We forget how lucky we are to have a voice.

If you didn’t participate in early voting last week, please vote Tuesday.

Which candidates you select is not the most important thing.  Simply voting is.

By the way, it would be nice to be gracious on Wednesday if your candidates lose.

I’m already working on that part, to keep the peace at my house.

We’re Talkin’ Texas, y’all,

Barbara Hyman


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