Politics Can Make Strange BedfellowsSeptember 18, 2017
In most elections, married couples tend to vote alike, but not in 2016!
Polls showed that married women spurned the Republican presidential nominee –who ultimately became our elected leader – creating palpable tension in some households, both before and after the election. Stories on the Internet told of husbands who prevent Democratic canvassers and mail from getting to their wives. And couples who didn’t support the same candidate admitted to arguing about it. Even singles were known to give a thumbs down to a love prospect with different political views.
With another election cycle right around the corner, couples who aren’t on the same page politically can preserve their union and live together peaceably if they find ways to deal with the stress brought on, or escalated, by their political differences.
For some, that may mean avoiding a conversation about politics altogether. Others may decide to find specific issues they can agree on to ameliorate their differences. If verbal fights have ensued, wise couples may decide to get professional counseling.
Most of all, a solution must be found because sadly, last year’s Presidential election is probably not an anomaly. Political divisiveness in our country shows no signs of abating anytime soon. What we hopefully can do, collectively or at least individually, is to begin the healing process, one couple at a time.