The Right To Vote

November 2, 2010

Sometimes I take out the trash, sometimes he does. Sometimes I wash the dishes, sometimes he does.

I do the laundry. He fixes machines when they break. I usually cook. He usually works well into his “second wind.”

I pay the bills. He bills clients. We take turns worrying about money.

I remember important dates like birthdays and anniversaries. He remembers that oil needs to be changed on a regular basis. I don’t know if either of us will ever remember the other thing or think the other’s issue is as important.

After all these years it’s not a matter of  what’s fair or who is doing more significant work. It’s about working together to make this two-party system we’ve created as productive as possible.

Yeah, it’s a marriage. And it’s not perfect. And sometimes we let each other down. And sometimes we fail to see beyond the storm of our own strongly held opinions. But we each have our say, and we usually reach a compromise.

And yeah, I’m talking about a relationship on election day.

I heard a young woman say she wasn’t voting because she’s mad at “both sides.” And I’m thinking that opting out of the conversation just isn’t a notion I can support. She gets to have an ongoing imperfect relationship with her fellow citizens. And that’s about as good as it gets.

A nice thing… no small thing: The right to vote.

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4 Responses to “The Right To Vote”

  1. OwlSaysWho said

    Good food for thought, this election day. one of the sanest things I’ve read . . .

  2. Lisa Kern said

    Politicians could learn a thing or two from observing the give and take of long-term relationships. Great piece, and so timely for today, Sarah.

  3. I feel very strongly both ways.

  4. blueintx said

    I know I agree with you. But I sort of feel like “why bother” today. The gloating has begun all around me…Two party governance has ceased to be a functional marriage and has become “The War of the Roses”, or maybe it always was and I’ve just gotten old enough to see it. Great piece as always though.

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