Since yesterday was election day, I think it's appropriate to discuss politics just this once (ok... I'll probably discuss politics a lot in the future, but I try not to).
I'm very opinionated, and when it comes to politics, I'm extremely opinionated. That being said I lean one way with politics. Not because I was told to, but because I am very informed, and I've found that I line up almost exactly with one specific side of things. From reading my blog, you might even be able to take a gander at which way I lean, but if not, I refuse to tell you because quite frankly it's not relevant. Just know I do have a very specific leaning.
My husband does not. He hates politics. He's very apathetic. I'm pretty sure he only votes because I make him. ;) No, I don't make him vote my way. He does, though. For his own reasons. We even argued last night over one of his votes (we disagreed, but his reasoning was because the ad was done so well (in film-speak). I WILL argue with you if you vote for stupid reasons, such as filmography).
A lot of people believe that it's not polite to discuss politics. Indeed, I have learned that politics is a bad subject in group setting. I don't discuss politics with my friends unless I know which way they lean and that we agree. It's just nicer to have a conversation when you agree, ya know? I respect their opinions if we don't, but I also put in the effort to avoid a disagreement. This means that politics are (mostly) a no-no with some specific people, including an aunt and uncle, my cousin, and 2 of my closest friends (yes I have bi-lateral relations). Also almost everyone I work with.
However, in a relationship? We discuss politics, but rarely. Mike doesn't care, really, and I try not to push my opinions on him.
But what if Mike and I didn't agree?
I personally find politics to be one of the BIG RELATIONSHIP TOPICS to discuss prior to marriage (right up there with "how many kids, if any"). If we don't agree, or we automatically start fighting over politics, it won't work out (obviously, it worked out fine with Mike. This is a what-if). I've been there and I hated it. I can respect your opinion, but I don't have to live with it, and I won't. For myself, politics in a relationship need to be on the same page. This is definitely something I was wary of when I was dating, and I'm, quite frankly, very happy with the outcome. It has nothing to do with different opinions. Mike and I are very different in several areas of life. It has everything to do with how I relate politics with your character and how you live your life. As a friend, you have your own thing and I don't judge. As a boyfriend/fiance/husband, your life and mine are intertwined too much. And in practicality, to be very honest I never found someone from the opposite party that was really appealing to me as anything more than a friend. I'm not sure if that's pure coincidence or what the reasoning may be, but it is what it is.
I am very curious about YOUR opinions on the matter, though. Are you in a relationship with someone of a different political affiliation? How do you handle politics in your house (whether you agree or disagree)? Also, what do you teach your kids regarding politics (we don't have them yet, and I'm curious)?
Please do me a favor, though. I don't want a comment battle or anything, so leave out party affiliations as much as possible. KThanxBai