Thursday, October 25, 2018

We Get Too Many Political Calls Anyway


in thinking it over
I have decided
that a republican voting democratic
is far more interesting
than changing my affiliation
especially in a republican
straight ticket ('by jesus, my dad
voted straight republican
all his life, and it never hurt him none")
state where everyone assumes
you vote not only the party
of choice, but you vote the way
your spouse does, just because.


  1. My brother changed from Republican to Independent over Trump. In Mass you have to state your party. Not in VA.

    1. we can be independent here, too, in NH, but while I was considering going all the way over to the other side of the aisle, it just felt more interesting to do it this way.
      And the number of political calls we get now are off the wall. This would just double it, if one of us was Dem and the other was Rep...

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    1. well, yeah. But for me that's a minor issue, Id vote anyway.

  3. I've often wondered about this couple voting concept, coming from a family whose parents' votes regularly cancelled each other out.

    Is the assumption that you would only marry someone already in line with your politics?

    That said, I'm all for crossing party lines and voting for the better candidate even if, shock, horror, they're from the party you're not registered with. My vote has to be earned.

    1. yep, mine too. When I was 21 my father (mr. Autocrat) took me down to the town hall and had me register as a republican since he and my mother were. It was annoying, but he was not the kind of man you argued with.

      When voting day came he handed me a sheet with all the suggested answers carefully ticked off. "This is the way you're going to vote". I didn't argue. But when I went in the booth, I voted straight democratic, all the way. He didn't need to know...

      For years my husband and I voted for preference, not party, but when Baby Bush showed up we started to vote differently. Now he's an avid Trumpster and I am not.

      We don't discuss it. =)

  4. I vote absentee ballot in quiet of my home hahah and all over the ticket i study study study

  5. My duty as an American is to vote, canceling my husband's, who in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary is sill a misguided Fox viewer.

    1. I agree totally. Someone has to do it, right? So when Trump is brought down I will cheer, albeit silently, but cheer anyway.
      Think positively.

  6. Thankfully my husband and I are of like minds. I'd probably have divorced if we weren't because it would have been like marrying my daddy and that would have been just horrible. I vote every year, every election.

    1. We just don't discuss pollitics. Life is easier that way. If we did, one of us would be living here and the other would not.
      There are some things that instinctively you just KNOW will not go over well, and this is one of them.

  7. we don't talk politics around here, because it is the only time you will hear raised voices in our home. luckily, i am the only one who is allowed to vote in our (American) elections, so his opinion ultimately means nothing in the grand scheme of things.

    meanwhile, i have been (mostly) living in Canada for the past decade, and i have zero idea what is going on in their politics. i figure, i have no real voice in that side of things, so why add to the non-stop heartburn i am already experiencing on account of politics.

    1. yep, I hear that. NOTHING referring in anyway to politics, fake news or real, gun control, any of that.

      Don't read the online news. Don't glue yourself to the news unless it's legitimate broadcasting.

      And when my husband plugs in the Trump rallies or whatever on the computer I plug in ear plugs or Eddie Vedder or J.J. Cale. Anything to blur the sound.

    2. it's the other side of that coin around here. i am a very middle-of-the-read Democrat, while he is even further to the left... where the primary objective seems to be to "expose corruption" and to "prove that both parties are equally corrupt".

      as a result, any discussion related to politics quickly turns into him dismissing the issue at hand, then pulling out the proverbial soapbox. it's like trying to reason with a religious lunatic.

      if a given politician has not passed the Progressive-purity-test on every single issue, then they are branded as "all the same". then i either start yelling or i stop listening... just like when my mother starts talking about God.

    3. I hate that dismissal thing. It's so close to a 'hand waving" thing...The older he gets the more straight ticket he gets, which surprises me, sometimes. We just parted political company back when baby Bush was president, and he kept saying, ohhhh he's not so bad...

      Some things are not worth yelling about, not if we want a certain equilibrium. And Im getting too old to want to argue over the inarguable. As you've found out, arguing about 'right polliticians" and "wrong politicians' is right up there with "to God or not to God."

  8. Addendum: I just found out by careful searching that NH does NOT have a lazyboy absentee ballot. You have to prove you can't be there, either from disability, job related, or religious. Basically, it says 'get your ass out there and vote, slacker..."